Category Friends

Christmas at the zoo!

Christmas morning dawned warm and sunny. Amanda arrived from the States mid-morning and, after a quick settle-in at the Airbnb flat and a call to Justin (for whom it was still Christmas Eve), we decided we’d spend the afternoon at the zoo! Because anything that involves koalas is always the right answer. And also the […]

I’m in Luxembourg!

What do you do when you’re in Luxembourg right before Christmas? Eat all the cheese!!! First a delicious raclette with my business clients . . . . . . then a Mont d’Or, which is an entire little wheel of cheese that has been baked until melted, and into which you dip meats and potatoes. […]

Art and wedding and candy-floss clothes

My Site Today was just the most fun!  I woke up refreshed after a great night’s sleep and went downstairs to meet Dan for breakfast.  He’s the one who hired me at the Kennedy Center thirteen years ago based only on a short phone interview that I took sitting in my car at a Flying […]

I’m in Brooklyn!

Nothing like a quick hop across the pond to catch up with friends! A good excuse this time: Nicole, one of my good friends from Kennedy Center days, is getting married tomorrow and today is her birthday! Naturally we’re in the uber-hip neighbourhood of Williamsburg, and the hotel is all artisanal free range brick and […]

Oktoberfest II

Of course the irony that of all people I would be the one to go to one of the world’s great drinking parties twice in two weeks is not lost on me. The tent was bigger this time, and the food not quite as good. But I enjoyed myself more not being the only person […]

Sunday in Berlin, in three parts

Part 1 Grit decided to go for a run, so I had exactly 90 minutes after breakfast to stroll leisurely from my hotel to the Gendarmenmarkt . . . . . . past the Humboldt University law school . . . . . . across a plaza bordered by some neoclassical buildings the color, and […]

I’m in Berlin!

Meetings in Munich next week are a great excuse for a weekend in Berlin. My early-morning flight out of London was massively delayed so I spent most of the day in the airport instead of Germany, but did get here in time for what mattered most: dinner with Grit, Nikolas, and Quynh-Nhu! The four of […]