vidi, veni, vici


We saw … a pretty photo


We came … to the place where the photo was taken


We conquered … rifugio città di carpi


four days in BOS


Since there are lots of flights between BOS and BDA, we are planning a four day trip to Boston

> Carl and I stayed with Mandy in The North End so this time The South End (dashing red bricks per picture above)

> Eat @ South End Buttery – Wild Mushroom Omelette

> Eat Some More @ Coppa – Crudo di Pesce – fluke, orange oil, pickled peach, almond

> Coffee Date @ Render

> Another Coffee Date @ Pavement Coffee Newbury

> Check out Olives & Grace

two days in VCE

We are flying into Venice before taking the train into the Italian Alps

> Last time stayed on the west side so this time on the east side: “Castello’s calm is punctuated with the lively chatter of sightseers walking through Riva Degli Schiavoni, the busy avenue that connects St. Mark’s Square to Venice’s Biennale Gardens”

> What I learned the last time: “It is said by J. G. Links, the author of Venice for Pleasure, that the only direction you will get from a Venetian is ‘sempre dritto’ (dritto being the Venetian contraction for diritto). This is approximately ‘always direct’, or even ‘straight ahead’. The orienteer constrained by ‘either/or’ logic, implicitly expects the single ‘best’ direction. However, this poor soul will miss the greater truth in the statement ‘sempre dritto’ of our fleeting acquaintance. What he is telling us is: “Where you are going does not depend on the particular path you take. In Venice, there are beautiful things on each path. Take one. Do not worry about the path taking you to your destination. Your destination will find you.” And now, to you my friend, I say, sempre dritto”

> Nevertheless, this time I’m already planning to attend 7 am service at San Marco on Sunday; visit the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore; and eat cicheti in the old Lido fish market

img src=Luca Girardini

travel wish list v.2018


Prior Version of Travel Wish List
5. Italy to stay at the Geisler Hut
4. Japan to walk the Kumano Kodo
3. China to check out design spaces in Shanghai
2. US to eat BBQ at Hemingway South Carolina
1. Canada to hike Newfoundland

Twillingate, Newfoundland was amazing, as was Kumano Kodo

Deprioritizing South Carolina because Bermuda is already very magical (photo above view from the rail trail close to our house)

Updated Travel Wish List
5. US to tour Yellowstone
4. Italy to bike around Puglia
3. Japan to walk another section of Kumano Kodo
2. China to check out design spaces in Shanghai
1. Italy to stay at the Geisler Hut (see map below)

how I celebrate my birthday: actual versus expected

In November, I documented how I expected to celebrate my birthday. Starting a new job in January meant actual was quite different from expected.

In the morning, I took a short taxi ride from my very nice hotel (Nassauer Hof, which reminded me of the place we stayed at in St Wolfgang (Hotel Garni Seevilla)) to the Athene office in Abraham Lincoln Park. Meetings, lunch, coffee went great.

Since I noted that the local bus stops at Abraham Lincoln Strasse, I thought I would be adventurous and take the bus back to the hotel. After walking around in circles for fifteen minutes, I concluded that the only way to walk the 500 meters between Abraham Lincoln Park and Abraham Lincoln Strasse is on the grass beside a highway. So I celebrated my birthday by walking on grass beside highway!

P.S. Used to walk on the grass beside a highway all the time before RGA moved into its new global headquarter in Chesterfield. However, I had this illusion that everything in Germany is well designed so this was a bit shocking.

P.P.S. Celebrated the day after my birthday by walking with Oliver through the Cologne Carnival crowds.

img src=Stacey Green

grateful (COUNT=1520)


Him: Is it raining outside?
Me: O let’s go for a womantic coffee date!

Toronto is one of those (slightly) dysfunctional places where a little rain creates little oceans around the curb. By the end of the coffee date, my shoes were in the same condition as that day when we walked around cape lookout along the Oregon Coast (see picture above).

As we sat outside Rooster Coffee drinking cortado (as always) watching the reflections of the headlights, a pink balloon floated across Jarvis Street.

i++ Rooster Coffee Jarvis
i++ Headlights
i++ Pink Balloon
i++ The Rain
i++ Little Oceans