• The City of Stairs
    February 5, 2010 , 10 Comments

    I looked up at the stairs that seemed to rise to the sky. Panting. We had made it up the first few sets of stairs, me trying to balance the very unsteady bag I had on my back. I had specifically taken this piece of luggage for my trip beca ...

  • There’s WHAT in the water?!?
    January 18, 2010 , 10 Comments

    Even though the Sea Urchin were stationery, I hated them. Once we docked the boat and headed to our beach (which was almost as small as the boat, but sandy), I carefully surveyed the water. Just a patch of seaweed a few feet out ... I'd ha ...

  • Booze, boobs and a beach bar
    January 9, 2010 , 10 Comments

    At the dock, about 15 woman, most of them older, stood crowded around the boat ramp, awaiting the boat's passengers to disembark so they could descend on them. They all clutched laminated one-sheets boasting color photos of their sobes. As ...

  • Rocky, rocky, pebble-y, pebble-y
    December 25, 2009 , 10 Comments

    I left my bag at the chair -- it felt perfectly safe to do so and my passport and important documents and valuables were locked safely away back at Green Lizard -- and got into the water. It was chilly. Not as chilly as the night before wh ...

  • Birthday suits and Split
    December 13, 2009 , 3 Comments

    I had made it my goal to go outside of my comfort zone, and this certainly did just that. So, I did what any slightly intoxicated traveler in a foreign land would do -- hastily removed all of my clothes, threw them on the sidewalk next to ...

  • Goal: Nudie beach
    December 5, 2009 , No comments

    The night I lay in bed in Zadar, I scanned the pages of my Lonely Planet book and read about a few beaches that welcomed the naked traveler. I starred, circled, wrote down those names and made a silent vow to take my clothes off and dive in ...

  • Instantaneous enlightenment on the Adriatic
    November 17, 2009 , 9 Comments

    "I recon you and I are one of the lucky ones. There is only a small percentage of people in this world, D, that have the wealth. And you and I? We are the lucky people. We are people who have this wealth. And, as people who have this wealth ...

  • This could be heaven …
    November 8, 2009 , 2 Comments

    At one point, I walked by a wall which had windows that provided stunning views of the sea. Someone had scrolled on the marble wall next to the view "This could be heaven ...", a spot-on description and one I use now to describe Croatia's s ...

  • I’ve always relied on the kindness of strangers
    October 22, 2009 , 16 Comments

    We headed out of Zadar, the sun pushing through the curtains on the right side of the bus as we made our way down the coast. After about 20 minutes, the sun shifted and was no longer being shuttered by the curtains, but was instead behind u ...

  • The prettiest day trip ever
    October 15, 2009 , 6 Comments

    To say Plitvice Lakes is a stunner would be an understatement. Its sheer technicolor natural beauty around each and every meandering turn is jaw-dropping. Its 16 turquoise lakes link together through waterfalls cascading down sheer rock cli ...

  • A Hollywood ending. Almost.
    October 13, 2009 , 13 Comments

    "What's your phone number?" he asked. Suddenly, the memory of my new outgoing voicemail message rang in my ears. Berry and I are on vacation. When I get back I will return your call. Oh. DAMNIT. Damnit. Damnit. Damnit. I had never set up ...

  • The new roommate
    October 9, 2009 , No comments

    That's when I saw Him on the street below. He caught my eye immediately. Perfect height (I'd probably recon around 5'9 or so). Perfect weight (the right blend between athletic and non-athletic). And completely different from the typical gu ...

  • The unconventional tourist
    October 8, 2009 , 4 Comments

      At what point does one become “churched-out?” I think on my first trip to Europe, I was sufficiently churched out. It’s amusing and kind of sad. I was reading [...]

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