GSI Outdoors JavaPress and JavaMill  Review
Blog , , ,

GSI Outdoors JavaPress and JavaMill Review

The Evolution of a Coffee Snob A few months ago I wrote a post about finding good coffee on the road. One of the options is to simply make your own.  We've been using a GSI Outdoors' JavaPress for years -  actually decades come to think of it.  Made of lightweight, durable plastic it's brightened many a morning while tent camping or slumming in a cheap motel. As time has marched on, GSI Outdoors has updated their reliable JavaPress, managing to improve on perfection. With good coffee much easier to find on the road these days, we still appreciate the…
Read More
Live Fully – Learn a New Language
Learn , ,

Live Fully – Learn a New Language

Have you ever stopped to think how amazing it is that we can communicate with each other so well via the incredibly complex medium of language? Our own native language that is.Every day we communicate a limitless array of thoughts, emotions, ideas and perceptions effortlessly. It has taken us years to get here, but as adults we are stunning communicators. However, when we travel to places where they speak a different language, it is frustrating not to be able to get thoughts and ideas across. We are so used to being fluent at home it is physically painful not to…
Read More
Finding Good Coffee on the Road
Blog, Travel , , ,

Finding Good Coffee on the Road

How to find good coffee while traveling. Finding good coffee is one of life’s great joys. At home we have all the right equipment to make best brew.  We also know quite clearly who makes the best cup locally and where to find it. But on the road, especially in a foreign country, finding a fix of beloved caffeine is often a difficult proposition.  Here are a few tips I have found useful for finding and enjoying a perfect cup. The evolution of a coffee snob We lived for many years in Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest of the…
Read More
How to Travel Better with House Sitting.
Blog , ,

How to Travel Better with House Sitting.

Whether you're an armchair traveler or digital nomad there’s no corner of the world not open to you. From mountain peaks to ocean depths we're free to experience all the wonders of our blue planet. Off we go, wearing the latest in travel fashion, posting selfies and food pics to document our adventure. We return home, glowing with well being and a sense of accomplishment.But all too soon we feel empty inside, with the sense that we missed something. It’s like eating Chinese food and an hour later, you’re suddenly starving. We need/want more, so we start planning our next…
Read More
When and How to Change Plans
Travel , , , , ,

When and How to Change Plans

Knowing when and how to change plans is an essential life skill. In fact, given the impermanence of all things, keeping an open and flexible mind is the only way to live a joyful and free life. The trick, it seems, is creating enough structure to give shape to your life, including your travels, while not becoming attached to them. Easier said than done, especially when you're on a trip of a lifetime. When life doesn't unfold according to our preconceived plan our first reaction is to buck up and solider on, getting through it as best we can. Stiff…
Read More
Is the Golden Age of Travel Gone?
Blog

Is the Golden Age of Travel Gone?

I remember traveling in Europe in the 70’s. I was always excited to get on a train bound for new places. Travel was full of amazing scenery and interesting people. But invariably, the last half hour of the ride brought a certain amount of anxiety. Before the age of the internet, as budget travelers we would arrive in a new city and go to the tourist booth in the train station to find lodging. Sometimes the result was fabulous - a great pension in France or an economical youth hostel in Germany. But sometimes we were disappointed or even panicked…
Read More
The Perfect Souvenir
Blog

The Perfect Souvenir

I am standing in the colorful textile market in Otavalo, Ecuador feeling a strong desire to buy the perfect souvenir. But what to buy? How do buy something that will capture a memory? What do I focus on to satisfy my needs?How do I solve the perfect souvenir conundrum? I start by asking myself, what will be useful and what will make me happy? Textile Market, Otavalo, Ecudaor - 2018 Panama hats in Otavalo I don’t want meaningless tchotchkes that simply weigh down my luggage and collect dust once I get back home. Even worse, I don’t want cheap mass produced…
Read More