Lost and Found in Scandinavia: Week 2

Staggering down the crowded city street, my head shifts left, right, up, behind, and forward until all of those directions seem the same. It all seems the same. The stretched out streets, jagged buildings, cafe here, park there, and clarity nowhere. Reaching one street, I check the map and realize I've been going the wrong … Continue reading Lost and Found in Scandinavia: Week 2

Solo in Scandinavia: Week 1

The coast and the country mingled together beneath the descending airplane. Water rippled and rested alongside fields and farms. The cows and sheep roamed in the emerald grass dotted with large white bundles that looked like giant marshmallows. I would later learn that these are actually hay that has been tightly packed and sealed enough … Continue reading Solo in Scandinavia: Week 1

Dwelling in the Planned and Unplanned

In the last two weeks I traveled my way through 7 states, 5 beds, 4 time zones, 4 cars, and 1 airplane. Oddly enough, my travels are only beginning. New Mexico trickled out a goodbye rain, Arizona was smoldering, San Diego's temperate rays remained constant, Chicago was heavy with damp air, Michigan emptied the dampness … Continue reading Dwelling in the Planned and Unplanned

New Mexico National Parks and Monuments

Although New Mexico may have a mess of cons (see my first post on Albuquerque), it's selection of outdoor wonders is a definite plus. There are a total of 13 different national parks and 58 national landmarks or monuments. By comparison, the last state I lived in (Illinois) had only one national park and two historic sites, both of … Continue reading New Mexico National Parks and Monuments

Where Mountains and Desert Converge

Yesterday I wrote about the city of Albuquerque in all its idiosyncratic glory. Today, I want to share my favorite part of the city: it's outdoor landscape and activities. On an early Saturday morning, the drive across Tramway Boulevard is still in the shade as the sun rises behind the Sandia mountains. Sandia, the Spanish … Continue reading Where Mountains and Desert Converge

New Mexico Recap: The City of Albuquerque

Two main highways create a cross section of Albuquerque's four quadrants. It oddly mirrors New Mexico's state flag--a red circle with four groups of four rays that represent the four cardinal directions, four seasons, stages of the day, and stages of life itself. However, the 25, North and South, and the 40, East and West, … Continue reading New Mexico Recap: The City of Albuquerque

A Subacute Future / Coming Soon on the Blog

According to my brilliant doctor sister-in-law, my anxiety over the future is what the medical community might call "subacute." Besides the fact that I love having a new term to label it by, I also thought it was an apt description. From what I understand (in my limited capacity for medical terminology) an "acute" problem … Continue reading A Subacute Future / Coming Soon on the Blog