Category Archives: Travel

The impact of travel

I travel a lot. I go on a lot of international trips for business, I travel to see Philip Glass performances, and I travel to see family and friends. I love to travel, but like Marley with his heavy chains, I am getting more and more concerned about my enormous carbon footprint.

On luggage and packing

If I travel four times in one year, that is a very light year. in 2019 I had 13 trips that involved getting on a plane, and in 2018 I had 7. While I hope not to repeat that 2019 schedule again, let’s just say this: I travel a lot. After your first half-dozen flights, you tend to… Read More »

Traveling with a pillow

I recently watched the film Up in the Air, in which George Clooney’s seasoned traveller character, Ryan, bullies Anna Kendrick’s newbie character to switch to smaller, better-wheeled luggage at the airport. As she is on the floor in a corner of the airport, transferring the contents of one suitcase into another, we see that she has taken up… Read More »

Welcome to PDX

If you are traveling to NW Oregon or SW Washington, you’ll be flying into the Portland International Airport: PDX. It has frequently been voted the “best US airport,” and whenever I travel, I literally plan on at least one extra hour just to hang out at the airport — it’s that nice.   The carpet Portlanders are *fiercely*… Read More »

Little Moments

This little pink paper crane — no doubt made from a Post-It, was given to me by an Uber driver about a year ago. His father had just died, and we spent the long drive from the airport talking about death and life and everything in between. We arrived at my house long before either one of us… Read More »

Yokohama, Japan – March 2019

Travel days: Thursday and Friday, Feb 28 and March 1 As most of my trips do, my travels began with an Uber ride to the Portland international Airport (PDX), which I write more about here. This was a notably wonderful ride. It was during full-on rush hour, so the Uber driver, having carefully studied the Portland back routes,… Read More »