Peru’s Forgotten North: Hidden in Plain Sight

  • January 27, 2023
  • by Inga

Peru has an abundance of cultural riches, starting with the crown jewel of the Inca empire, Machu Picchu. Add Cusco, the historic capital of the Incas, the blue waters of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable body in the world, and the vast Amazon jungle and it’s no wonder that Peru’s treasures of the forgotten north …

Morocco By Train

  • January 17, 2023
  • by Inga

My husband and I usually travel independently and, despite decades of international travel, had never been to the African continent. When planning a road trip to Portugal and western Spain, my eyes kept sliding south to Morocco. The more I looked at the map, the more I wanted to at least dip a toe into …

Traveling from Southern Spain to Morocco by Ferry: Everything You Need to Know

  • January 03, 2023
  • by Inga

Traveling from Southern Spain to Morocco by ferry was one of the shortest connections we had in five weeks of travel through Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, but seemed to take the longest to sort out the options. Now that I’ve done it, I can see that many websites and blogs didn’t have accurate or up-to-date …

Introduction to Tangier, Morocco via Spain

  • December 20, 2022
  • by Inga

Morocco stole my heart. I was on a five-week journey with my husband, Steve, touring Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. The European part was all enjoyable, but when I arrived in Tangier (Tanger in French), something changed. I felt more alive, my senses blazing with the sights, smells, flavors, and ambiance of the place. My introduction …

Two Week Road Trip Through Portugal and Spain

  • November 27, 2022
  • by Inga

Dreaming of tapas, flamenco, fado and castles, my husband and I broke our pandemic travel fast with a road trip to Spain and Portugal. Everyone I know seems to have been to Portugal, is there now or is planning a trip soon, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Spain is …

Uncovering the Mysteries of Passport Colors

  • July 19, 2022
  • by Inga

I leaf through a green passport, issued in 1962 in San Francisco, my first passport. I’m four, pictured with my mother in our shared US passport. Mom’s name and characteristics are noted, but mine are not, so my identity is murky. Below her brunette hair styled in a high bouffant, Mom is smiling slightly, while …

Dal Lake, Kashmir

What is a Globe-Trotting Third-Culture Kid?

  • June 19, 2022
  • by Inga

I discovered that I was an adult third-culture kid, the term for people like me who grew up overseas in an expat family.

Sonora and Groveland: Gateway to Yosemite

  • November 26, 2021
  • by Inga

If you’re looking for a place to stay outside Yosemite National Park or a way to extend your stay, one of the best places to look is Tuolumne County. Not only does Tuolumne County include most of the park, but it also contains a sizeable chunk of the adjacent Stanislaus National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness. …

Pandemic Road Trip Strategy

  • March 15, 2021
  • by Inga

Remember that sense of exhilaration when you’d get in the car to go on a road trip? The open road beckoned as you settled into your seat, strapped your seatbelt on and let familiar scenes give way to new, exciting vistas. Then, in March 2020 it all went away when we all acquired a new …

Foods of India-A Guide for the First Time Visitor

  • February 13, 2020
  • by Inga

When Steve and I spent a month in India, I found that there was a lot I didn’t know about Indian food. If you like Indian food, you probably go to restaurants in the U.S. and if you’re like me, you always get the same few dishes you know you like. I was guilty of …

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