City Hopping — Porto, Portugal Revisited

The botanical garden in Porto is well worth a visit despite its issues. And you can even hop off the hop-on/hop-off bus tour right across the street from the entrance. I love bontanical gardens; I hate museums. “Where are we going?” I ask Frank the Sushi Knife Sharpener. I’m nervous. We have veered away from […]

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City Hopping — Porto, Portugal

We’ve been traveling every weekend for the last month–so many new places, so many hours on the road, so many I Must Be Off! posts to write! I won’t lie to you. I’m behind. For the last few weeks, I’ve been waist-deep in organizing–together with editors Michelle Elvy and Linda Simoni-Wastila–Flash Mob 2013 in celebration […]

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Travel Essay Contest — Entry 19

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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Madeira — Evergreen and Glossy

Since I returned from Madeira on Tuesday night, my mother has asked me where Madeira is several times. “Where were you again?” “Madeira.” “I’ve never heard of that. How do you spell that?” “I’ve told you five times, so I know you’ve heard of the island at least five times. M A D E I […]

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