Bilbao

Husband and I went to Pais Vasco (the Basque Region) a few years ago for a belated “Luna de Miel”. We stayed in San Sebastian but took some day trips driving around the region. I was dying to see the real Guernika/Gernika  after falling in love with the piece during an art history class a couple…

Flâneuse

“Robert Macfarlane, a masterful writer-walker of the countryside, offers this summary of the practice: ‘Unfold a street map of London, place a glass, rim down, anywhere on the map, and draw round its edge. Pick up the map, go out into the city, and walk the circle, keeping as close as you can to the…

Thailand

It’s been about 6 years since we went to Thailand. We flew into Bangkok, where we stayed for several days before heading down south for an adventurous boat ride to the island of Koh Mak. I’m still at a loss for words to describe Bangkok, especially Bangkok at the end of Monsoon season, thick with…

Philadelphia by Night (Art Museum, Rittenhouse)

I’ve lived in Philadelphia, Prague, Los Angeles, and now Seattle – I still love going back to Philly and wandering around every time we fly back East to visit family. Philly is a cool place. I grew up about 40 miles North of Philly in rural Pennsylvania. I got my driver’s license the very moment…

The Flâneur (Flâneuse)

As part of my research and inspiration (and on recommendation of one of my teachers), I’m meandering through The Arcades Project.  I can’t wait to get to the chapter on The Flâneur but for now I’m finding many wonderful tidbits in the intro: The flâneur seeks refuge in the crowd. The crowd is the veil through which…

UW (University of Washington)

When it’s not raining too hard (which has felt like a very long time since it hasn’t), I really love walking from campus to my connecting bus at Montlake and route 520. It’s a little over a mile walk and the views are wonderful. This is the first quarter when I really noticed the view…

Capitol Hill

We don’t go to Capitol Hill very often anymore – when we were new to Seattle, it was our favorite ‘hood and we thought we might even want to move there. We’ve since gotten over it (a little too popular and expensive for our taste) though there are still things we love to do there….

Pioneer Square

I post about Pioneer Square & Occidental Park frequently (or at least, I will!) because it’s one of my favorite areas of Seattle. I adore eating at London Plane, I love the look of the brick pathways and the European feel. I’ve gotten intimately familiar with all the urban art and graffiti in the area,…