Articles by "Lisa - 4/21 - Driving Inertia"
My new favorite cider in my new favorite pub. Life remains good.

Local London pub update: allegiances shift to The Fox!

By     |    Sep 19, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., London     |    No Comments

Things were going OK in our relationship with our local pub, the Prince Arthur. We visited three days in a row and got friendly with the staff. We were charged for something we didn’t order the first day, but didn’t worry too much about it (it was just a couple £s). Then, the third day, we were charged for about six extra drinks. I thought I had the problem fixed, […]

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Brighton from the Pier.

Brighton…looks like all there is to do here is shop, eat, and drink…?

By     |    Sep 18, 2012
Posted in: England     |    No Comments

We settled into the train with a sigh of relief. We’d made it: woken up before noon, even gotten out of the house at 9am on the dot, navigated tube closures (damned UK planned maintenance, why can’t you let problems build up then fix them once they’re horribly broken, preferably a hundred years in the future, the way we do it in the US?), taken a double-decker bus, picked up […]

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At the very top.

The best views of London

By     |    Sep 14, 2012
Posted in: London     |    2 Comments

All the guides say that the best way to arrive in Greenwich is via water taxi. Why not depart Greenwich via water taxi instead? And you’ve got to go to Greenwich. Before the London Eye was built, one of the best views of London was probably from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Plus, you can stand on the Prime Meridian, the point where East goes one way and West goes the […]

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...and vineyards.

Where is next?

By     |    Sep 12, 2012
Posted in: Ithaca, Reality     |    No Comments

Over the past eleven months, we’ve thought a lot about what we want to do and where we want to be after our trip, and we’ve made a decision. Well, we’ve made a decision for a year, at least. It feels too scary to commit to anything longer than a year right now. When we return from London — the first week of October — we’ll grab a Penske truck, […]

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Loads of old pubs.

First impressions of London

By     |    Sep 11, 2012
Posted in: London     |    No Comments

First impressions…are usually wrong, but sometimes right. My first impression of London is that it’s a mashup of Paris, Chicago, and Boston. Everything is truly becoming global: if we wanted, we could watch only American TV shows, drink only Budweiser, and eat at Subway, KFC, and Dominos for the next three weeks. But I think we’ll branch out. The neighborhood where we’re staying, Hackney, is full of “Hackney Hipsters” who look […]

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The entrance to our storage closet in Chicago...

Things we’ve missed

By     |    Sep 6, 2012
Posted in: Reality     |    5 Comments

This isn’t about places we’ve missed — it’s more about the simple things we’ve missed. The things that you take for granted, the things that are there every day, the things that you don’t miss until you don’t have them. On our last night in the van, we thought about the things we were looking forward to having, once we finally had a roof over our heads… Lisa: Drinking cold water […]

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Last, perfect, night.

Our last night on the road

By     |    Sep 4, 2012
Posted in: Kansas, Travel Itch     |    2 Comments

We didn’t intend for this to be our last night on the road. The plan was to break the Kansas drive into two days; to arrive in Kansas City on Monday. Then Friday started with a stupid, foolish fight about…cleaning the windshield. Fight summary: we were both doing it all wrong. But the rest of Friday was good, then Saturday was so good…we knew we shouldn’t push our luck. We called […]

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Chipotle, Chipotle, Chipotle! A pilgrimage to the original Chipotle in Denver.

By     |    Aug 31, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Colorado, Food     |    4 Comments

According to Wikipedia (today’s definer of choice!) a pilgrimage is… …a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith…many religions attach spiritual importance to particular places: the place of birth or death of founders or saints, or to the place of their “calling” or spiritual awakening, or of their connection…with the […]

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Maybe Paul's tendency to stand on the edge of canyons helped contribute to my nightmare.

Falling into canyons at Black Canyon National Park

By     |    Aug 29, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Colorado, Hikes, Parks     |    2 Comments

I keep having this recurring nightmare: Paul and I are standing on the edge of a canyon. One after the other, we fall in. Paul falls in, then I fall in. I fall in, then Paul falls in. Over and over. Sometimes we fall in because the wind blew a little too strongly or because the rock gave way under our feet or because we couldn’t keep our footing on […]

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Just another gorgeous view.

Hello to an old friend at Colorado National Monument

By     |    Aug 28, 2012
Posted in: Colorado, Parks     |    No Comments

I’d made my peace with saying goodbye to the desert at Dinosaur National Monument. Then we made a last minute swing through Colorado National Monument and my composure was shaken; my closure was ruined. You know how it is: you’re moving out of town and leaving behind a good group of friends — that last night, you have a big party, have a great time, a bunch of fond farewells, […]

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