Category Archives: Travel

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 »

Tips for the Solo Traveler

I travel 7-9 times per year, with 3-4 of those trips being international, and with 5 of those trips being for business. I’m not saying I am the wise-woman of travel, but I have learned a thing or two about traveling solo, and I’ll try to share some of that here.

Olching, Germany – December 2018

After spending a week in Munich for meetings, I was looking forward to some extra time to do some serious exploration of the city, focus on photography, and maybe do some shopping. In preparation for this trip, I had spent several hours online doing my research and I booked a hotel on the other side of the city.… Read More »

Arkansas and Oklahoma, November 2018

My annual journey to a U.S. city for the Supercomputing Conference took me to Dallas. This year I decided to leave the show early, rent a car, and drive up to Arkansas. This trip was partly an excuse to see more of my country, but mostly, I was taking this time to meet up with one of my… Read More »

Dallas, Texas — November 2018

One of the things my business does is arrange for my clients to exhibit at trade shows. I used to do more of this, but these days the only show I do is the Supercomputing Conference. This is the largest show for the supercomputing industry, drawing visitors from all over the world, yet it is held in the… Read More »

Chengdu, China – September 2018

In mid-August 2018, I started a new gig as a technical editor with a new client. One of the chief prerequisites of the job was that I be comfortable with frequent international travel. Upon accepting the gig, the first thing I needed to do was submit an expedited application for a 10-year travel visa for China, as I… Read More »

Oregon Lighthouses

I can’t say enough about how beautiful it is in the Pacific Northwest. From the amazing Mt. Hood glacier and the Mt. St. Helens volcano, to the most ruggedly beautiful coastline in the USA — an outdoor enthusiast (or anyone with a camera) could live a lifetime here and not see it all. One way to see a… Read More »

Visiting Portland

Portland is a great town — a big city with a small-town feel and a lot to do. It’s not too difficult to figure out where things are: It’s divided east/west by the Willamette River (rhymes with damnit), and north/south by Burnside Road. “Downtown” is on the west side, and in NW Portland, the streets are in alphabetic order… Read More »

Visiting the Long Beach Peninsula

The long Beach Peninsula is a 20-minute drive up the west coast from the south Washington border (click this image for an un-cropped version that better shows the long beach). The peninsula features a 28-mile (45 km) sand beach, which is the longest “drivable beach” in the US, and one of the longest in the world. This Wikipedia article… Read More »

Granada (& Madrid) – February 2018

After spending five days in London, I headed to Granada with my daughter, Laura, and her husband, Pearce. Journey to Spain: Saturday, February 3 We left the London flat at about 8:00am, leaving Tim behind, as he was flying later in the day. We took the Underground to Heathrow, and flew to Madrid… getting there just before 4:00.… Read More »