Summer travels and newly published stories
So, here it is October and ... where did the summer go? Well, let's see...
In June I traveled through the Dalmatian coast in Croatia, which was just as beautiful as you might imagine. Great weather, fresh seafood, wine and the amazing city of Dubrovnik. Even when it's filled to the brim with cruise passengers it's still one of the most beautiful cities I've seen. (Thanks Croatian Tourist Board!)
Since I was in the neighborhood I took a nearly 7 hour bus trip to make a long overdue visit to Sarajevo. The city, while still showing the scars of war, is an absolute delight. The mix of Imperial Austrian and Ottoman influence has given the place a very special east-meets-west feel. And then there's the Cajdzinica Dzirlo tea house ... I'm definitely ready to explore more of the Balkans.
From Sarajevo I flew to Berlin and took time to visit friends in Saxony-Anhalt before flying back to the US. It reignited my passion for the city - and Germany in general.
In July I traveled with the family to Michigan, exploring Grand Rapids and Holland, taking my youngest daughter to the beach for the first time. It was cold and rainy, unfortunately, but I'm sure there will be another chance to go back to that coast.
I worked on a destination guide on Austria for AFAR.com, one of my favorite websites and magazines, which went live in September. (The second of three projects with them to date.) Stories I wrote last year came out in AAA Highroads (Finland) and German Life (Tallinn's German Roots), proceeded by a story in Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper about Stockholm's Hornstull neighborhood.