The Rain in Spain

I researched our destination before we left. I like to be prepared. Google told me that Mallorca has a sub-tropical-Mediterranean climate with an average daily temperature of 64.4 degrees. Palm trees are commonplace and, if you're lucky, you might spot a wintering flock of flamingos. Visitors can expect an average of 7 hours per day …

New Terms

Sometime last snowy December, Guy paused in the kitchen and mentioned that he planned to spend the month of March riding his bike in Spain, on the island of Mallorca. A few beats later, he said that I could come, too, if I were so inclined. I thought about it. I sat in my pandemic …

Economy and Indulgence

Stikkisholmur Iceland is expensive.  Everyday products, like a chicken fillet, or a toothbrush, cost an average of 56 times higher here than in Europe or the US. In layman’s terms, this means that a pint of tap Viking beer, which is just a normal, pilsner beer, in a neighborhood bar with wooden seats and creaky …

What It Takes

  Well now we know the answer to the question: How lonely does Kristie have to get before she turns friendly? 7 days worth of lonely. Lionel wasn’t impressed. “My God,” he said. “You don’t know his name? You never asked?” “Did YOU ask him his name?” I countered. ‘You were there, too.” “All you …

Memory

The air is so damp that everything is melting. I put my long sleeved shirt in my backpack when I got hot, and a piece of gum melted onto the elbow, sticking the sleeve closed. I keep picking it at but every time I put the shirt on I have to shove my arm past …

Chameleons

I got a couple rough hours of sleep and woke up drenched in sweat. After mopping myself up, I went downstairs bleary-eyed and puffy, to meet my new guide. Lionel was waiting for me wearing a turtlenecked sweater, straightlegged jeans and brand new black Converse tennis shoes. I bet I’m older than his mother. Actually, …