The Misadventures of a Blonde – how NOT to visit Cinque Terre

Flashback – May, 1994

I’m sitting at a sidewalk café in Turin, Italy, stirring my cappuccino as I try to warm up and wake up, recovering from a 12-hour time change and a hellish start to my much-anticipated Cinque Terre adventure…well, really more of a misadventure. Such a disaster I Read more

Flashbacks – Hawaii’s Dragon Boat…facing danger, fears, and tears

It’s Dragon Boat time in Taiwan, and in most Chinese-speaking countries- a holiday commemorating the life and death of the legendary Chinese scholar Qu Yuan. Races are raced, rice dumplings are eaten, wine is drunk, and everyone enjoys a 4-day weekend. It’s kind of the unofficial start of summer here … Read more