A Story of a Humble Banana

This week I will be lighting a Yahrzeit candle for my grandmother, Lea Leibowitz (a Jewish memorial candle lit to honor someone special to you on the anniversary of their death). I have previously written about my grandmother and what she meant to me (see my post Lea’s […]

In Support of Hillary

  Warning: Another blog post that is not about travel, but unashamedly about American politics (kind of). *** An exceedingly funny friend of mine from high-school days in Australia, who now lives near New York, recently posted this on his Facebook:   “America, you might call it an […]

The Magic of Borobudur

As a kid, I dreamed of being a travelling explorer, yesteryear style. The thought of stumbling through a jungle in search of a long-forgotten temple appealed to my young brain. The notion of doing a Grand Tour of Europe, or arriving in Istanbul on a rickety steam train, […]

A Birthday in Bali

Bali is about six hour’s direct flight from Sydney and Melbourne, making it one of the closest places to Australia in Asia. It is also a relatively small island, blessed with wonderful weather, miles of beaches, and a uniquely welcoming and friendly culture. Plus it is a very […]