The Light in Andalusía

November 9 – 23, 2013 El Gastor, Spain El Gastor is the little white-washed pueblo even the Spaniards have never heard of.  It sits huddled along the northern face of a dry, olive-tree freckled hillside, and leans heavily into the shade of the towering Tajo de Algarín during long, scorching summer afternoons.  We, of course, […]






To the Love of My Life on Her Birthday

November 9, 2013 Seville, Spain Many who read about our travels have no idea that there is a story, many stories actually,that pre-date our traveling life. While I will not go into detail here, it is fair to say that you have played a vital role in shaping the man that I am today. Since […]






Take A Hike Series: Going the Distance and Dropping Our Shorts in Spain’s Cabo De Gata

October 15 – 19, 2013 Cabo De Gata, Spain Far from the freeways that shuttle vacationers between Spain’s (in)famous holiday-home suburbs, the little knob of coastline that clings to the country’s extreme southeastern corner belongs to the Cabo de Gata–Níjar Natural Park.  According to the dinosaurs that roamed the earth prior to the tourism boom […]






Roads Less Traveled In the Algarve: Portugal’s Forgotten Costa Vicentina (PHOTO ESSAY)

July 13 – 22, 2013 Southwestern Algarve, Portugal The Algarve is Portugal’s infamous bastion of summer tourism.  Young Germans and Brits come in droves to places like Albufeira and Portimao to prop up the country’s stagnating economy with countless euros spent on over-priced one-star hotels, beachfront caipirinha shacks and rental sun loungers.  As we hurried […]






Worldschool Spring Semester 2013: The Great Gaelic Games

April 2013 Dublin & Kilkenny, Ireland In Ireland earlier this spring, we had the opportunity to learn about the fascinating and ferocious (fascinatingly ferocious?) world of Gaelic sports.  And while I’m not referring to competitive Guinness-swilling, I have been a witness to that at one point in my life, and I can attest that it […]






Now, How On Earth Did I End Up With A Six-Year-Old? (Love, Your Mother)

August 2 Tabuaço, Portugal For what it’s worth, today I still have a little boy.  I still have a little boy who tells me not to go too far when it’s time to put out the lights, even though I’ve been sleeping in a bed right next to him for months.  I still have a […]






Happy 6th Birthday, Oliver: Love, Daddy

August 2 Tabuaço, Portugal Oliver, I still remember the day that Mommy called to tell me the good news that you were growing inside of her. There is no question that from that very first call, you changed everything in my life for the better. I am quite certain that you helped to save me, […]






Bedtime Stories: A Boy and a Girl With Reddish Hair

July 26 Marvaõ, Alto Alentejo, Portugal Late last night as we tucked the kids away to bed in the little room we are all sharing in an old quinta in the high granite hills of the Upper Alentejo, Oliver asked my husband to tell him a story.  Ryan closed his eyes for a minute before […]