7 Things to Love About High Speed Rail

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

7 Things to Love About High Speed Rail

[Some thoughts Phillip wrote down during our journey from Rome to Venice on a high speed Italo Treno train. –S] How do I love thee high-speed train travel? Let me count the ways! After my first trip on high speed rail in Italy, I’m a believer! Here are some things I loved about traveling on a train instead of flying: 1. You don’t have to check your luggage, so it’s way less likely to be lost. 2. Quick boarding and deboarding time. 3. You can move around. Since there’s no turbulence, there’s no “fasten seatbelt...

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October 2017 Photo: Sedona

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Travel | 7 comments

October 2017 Photo: Sedona

During a mid-October camping trip in Sedona, I took this photo from the terrace of a coffee shop that closed just before we got there. At least we still got to enjoy the view! Speaking of which, I was trying to take a panoramic photo of the same view and this (I’m sure perfectly nice but totally oblivious) couple just stepped right into the frame when I was mid-pan. Oh well. Bob and Doris, you’re part of this now. Finally, I also messed around with time lapse shots a bit on the same trip. I propped my phone on the hood of our car...

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Art Inspires Expeditions in “Headhunt Revisited” Documentary

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Art Inspires Expeditions in “Headhunt Revisited” Documentary

An unusual expedition set sail from San Francisco in 1926. It was composed entirely of two women with cigarette tins full of art supplies in tow. Their destination was the South Pacific. And their mission was to document cultures in danger of disappearing. Artist Caroline Mytinger and her partner Margaret Warner did not seem fazed by the western dismissal of Melanesians as ruthless headhunters. In fact, Mytinger often turned the phrase around, referring to the search for faces to paint as her own “headhunt.” The documentary...

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Free Admission to Arizona Museums with the Culture Pass

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Free Admission to Arizona Museums with the Culture Pass

You can get free passes to over 30 museums and attractions if you have a library card from Maricopa County or Pima County, Arizona. How to Check Out a Culture Pass The program is called the Culture Pass, and it works like this: Visit the Culture Pass kiosk at a participating library. Pick the pass you’re interested in. There will be cards for all the available passes – it’s first-come, first-served. Check the pass out with your library card. You will be exchanging the card from the kiosk for a receipt-like slip of paper,...

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September 2017 Photo: Colosseum

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Travel | 6 comments

September 2017 Photo: Colosseum

Our Italy trip was in September. I took this photo when we visited the Colosseum our first day in Rome. It felt absolutely surreal. It still kind of...

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Tucson Music Hall

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Tucson Music Hall

“There are still like 15 spots left.” We were a few cars back in a long line for a parking lot that attendants were debating whether to declare full. Fortunately, we made it in before they closed the lot. When Caitie from Arizona Opera had warned me to get there early, I thought maybe she was joking about my tardy arrival to the lunch hour concert. Turns out, Tucson Convention Center parking is no joke. Even though the world premiere of the Riders of the Purple Sage opera was a big event, it wasn’t the only thing backing...

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August 2017 Photo: Desert

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Travel | 8 comments

August 2017 Photo: Desert

I forgot to post a photo for August, so here’s some desert landscape for you now! I took this awhile ago near Black Canyon City (north of Phoenix), on a day that Phillip and I went exploring in the little towns off...

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Travel Partner

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Life, Travel | 8 comments

I was scanning Google Maps, planning for our Italy trip, when something piqued my interest that other people might think of as mundane. I mentioned it to Phillip. Me: Did you know there’s a grocery store in Vatican City? Him: We should totally go! Me: That’s what I was gonna say! *** Another day, researching tours for the Doge’s Palace in Venice, I started to tell Phillip about the options… Me: Okay, this tour costs a little more, but you go through secret passages– Him: Let’s do it! *** I’ve traveled...

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The Southwest’s Indigenous Food and Films

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 2 comments

I don’t think I’ve shared this video of a cooking demonstration from Agave Heritage Festival in Tucson here yet. It seemed fitting to post this on Indigenous People’s Day (which I’m glad is gaining traction over Columbus Day!), since the recipe includes several local ingredients originally used by the Native American tribes in this area. Also, unrelated to the video, we went to an IPD screening of two documentaries by Diné (Navajo) filmmakers at the Heard Museum yesterday. Both films were really great! You may...

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Italy: a 30,000-Foot View

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Travel | 2 comments

Italy: a 30,000-Foot View

Past midnight, we are zipping through Rome in the back of a cab, street lights flying by, windows down. It has taken 4 flights to get us to this point, and, after all that time in planes and airport terminals, the outside air feels delicious. In about an hour, we will have checked into our hotel. We will sleep like logs (or maybe like a pair of felled Corinthian columns) our first night in Italy. And that will be even more delicious. Over the next two weeks, Phillip and I would be traveling from Rome to Venice to the central Italian...

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