Why the Gods Have Great Bums

The sunset from our hotel in PrairanoThere’s nothing I like more than hiking. Call it trekking, call it tramping, call it treading the path unbeaten–whatever you call it, please keep it coming. Actually, could someone send me a t-shirt that says I’D RATHER BE HIKING across the front? In black please. I’ve hiked in South […]

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David and the Girl by Cari Oleskewicz

It is the end of June and hot. We are in a line snaking along the ancient buildings on via Ricasoli, around eleven a.m., and the girl is whining. She doesn’t care about the museum and she doesn’t want to do it and why can’t we have a gelato and where are we having lunch. […]

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Venice from Another Perspective

Piazza San Marco from the Cruise ShipI’ve written some fairly mean posts about Venice. What an awful place. Too many tourists. So unfriendly. It stinks. The sewage. The mediocre overpriced food. The jaded, bored gondoliers who just don’t want to sing anymore. Just another example of Italy’s indifference towards the never-ending flow of tourists (Florence […]

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Travel Essay Contest — Entry 13

I Must Be Off! is having its first annual Travel Essay Contest. Each entry will appear at first without byline or bio. These will be added at the end of the contest. As you enjoy these travel essays from around the world, please feel free to comment; but if you offer criticism, remember to be […]

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Expat Author Interview with Claudia from Expatclic.com

Claudia from Expatclic.com v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Claudia is the founder and coordinator of the website Expatclic.com. After having lived in Sudan, Angola, Guinee-Bissau, Congo Brazzaville, Honduras and Peru, she is presently enjoying a rich and interesting life in Jerusalem. Claudia has two children and speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and […]

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Hiking In South Tyrol — Day 6

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) _________________________________________ It’s day six. We have the same goal as yesterday. Well, it’s sort of the same goal. Today there will be a party at the top of the mountain. Today we have a GOAL. We take […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 5

(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ____________________________________________ The temperature is climbing. Already at 10:00 a.m. it’s approaching 90 degrees. We pack extra water and head for a trail we’ve done before. It’s only a short drive from our apartment. Today, I’ve brought […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 4

On a rarely used trail near Meran 2000(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually works.) ________________________________ We can see Meran 2000 from our balcony. It’s one of the many peaks towering over the basin we’re in. When I come from my swim–the calves and knees have […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 3

The Maiser Waalweg near MeranoI’ve forgotten to tell you about our holiday apartment. Zea Apartments in Merano is a great, friendly place with a nice pool and plenty of places to rest in its beautiful garden (which we never had time to use, but hey). I did, however, go swimming every morning for my shoulder. […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 2

One of the many rock piles made by hikers. (Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ___________________________ Hiking up mountains is very healthy. It’s actually one of the healthiest pastimes one can have besides sipping wine. Hiking down mountains is just stupid. It’s […]

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