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Men at Work in Salzburg’s Old Town 

Travel provides so many opportunities for cultural insights. It’s easy to find them via the historic, artistic, and culinary experiences that most people encounter. But how much do you pay attention to the stuff of everyday life in a town you’re visiting? Let yourself be mesmerized—like I recently was in Salzburg’s Altstad, or Old Town—by… Continue reading Men at Work in Salzburg’s Old Town 

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Hello, George Clooney!

It’s the start of tour season again, and this time I’m working on a Best of Italy tour.  When I mention to friends that I’m going to Lake Como, they all ask me if I’m going to see George Clooney’s villa.  I wish.  I’m staying in Varenna–a romantic and picture-worthy town on the eastern side… Continue reading Hello, George Clooney!

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It Takes A Village And Then Some

This might have been the lightest I’ve ever packed.  Two pairs of lightweight cargo pants, one pair of leggings, two well-worn long-sleeve shirts, one short-sleeve, two tank tops, a sweatshirt, my jammies, my tennies, my undergarments, and my toiletries would be more than enough to get me through a week of construction work in Tijuana. … Continue reading It Takes A Village And Then Some

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My First Day on the Job

Do you remember your first day of work?  I’ve had several jobs since I was sixteen:  Tall Flag instructor, retail clothes salesperson/cashier, restaurant hostess, Pocahontas (true story), high school Spanish teacher, and now assistant tour guide.  I have vivid memories of my first day at Disneyland and my first day at Carlsbad High School, and… Continue reading My First Day on the Job