Today photos in memory of my father, here explaining to reporters our year-long trip in 1963-4 in a VW bus across North Africa, the Middle East, and back through Turkey on the way back to England (where he had been stationed as an Air Force jet pilot), and back to the U.S. to get his MA in Journalism and eventual PhD in English Lit.
We try our best to continue his legacy as the founder of Transitions Abroad (1977) but know we will never approach his wise and calm vision and mission. I only aspire to approach being the father and human being he was.
Please treasure your time or memory of your father, wherever he may be, as I know I do every day of my life.
Journee Travel Gems: Places we might send you.⠀⠀
This famous sculpture park is free to enter and open 24/7 all year round, attracting more than one million annual visitors, but you may have never heard of it.⠀⠀
The park features more than 200 sculptures by Gistav Vigeland (1869–1943) in bronze, granite and cast iron. Vigeland was also responsible for the design and architectural outline of the park.⠀⠀
The sculptures represent the human condition illustrating the complexities of relationships and the journey from the cradle to the grave.⠀⠀
Angry babies, the circle of life, monoliths and nakedness. It's weird and wonderful and makes our list of Travel Gems.⠀⠀
Photo by The Travel Medley
Almost ten years later, I’ve come back to where it all began - in Madrid with my señora, Carmina!
In January of 2010, with the support and encouragement of my parents, I spent my spring semester of my junior year of college abroad. It was my first experience of traveling long term AND by myself at only age 20. The experience was eye opening, rewarding, challenging, but overall, amazing. And a lot of that is thanks to this lady right here!
Carmina was my study abroad host in Madrid. She speaks no English so this forced me to practice my Spanish every single day! For almost four months, we ate meals together (she’s an amazing cook), shared stories, and became very close. When I said goodbye to her back then, I didn’t know if I’d see her again.
Our final stop on our round the world trip is here in Madrid! I’m so excited to be back in this amazing place. Yesterday, Dylan and I had lunch at Carmina’s apartment at her invitation. It was just like yesterday!
Her apartment was the same, she’s just as adorable, and we had so much fun. I firmly believe she helped make my study abroad experience so great, and I teared up saying goodbye.
Carmina is an absolute sweetheart, and really like everyone’s grandma. She’s warm, caring, and loves to laugh! I was thrilled to be able to introduce her to Dylan in person. They had only met via Skype! We had a delicious lunch and caught up like old times, all in Spanish!
Carmina gave me the nicest compliment as we were leaving yesterday. She said, about me - “¡Ella es como una española!” which means “She’s like a Spaniard!” After all these years, it meant so much to say I fit right in. ❤️
Ai piedi del castello di Edimburgo c'è il Princes Street Gardens, il giardino più importante della città. In passato quest'area occupava il Nor Loch, un lago usato come difesa naturale per il castello. Lago usato nel medioevo per esperimenti legati alle stregoneria e per nascondere i cadaveri. 🏰 • #discoveredinburgh •