Highlights from a travel year out of the comfort zone

From flying in a vintage bomber over Ypsilanti to golfing in Spain and soaking in thermal baths in Budapest, 2018 was a stellar travel year Overcoming darkness, language confusion and near-panic as we scrambled to catch the overnight train from Prague to Krakow ranks among my top travel memories of 2018. In a year that … Continue Reading →

Pamplona culinary festival celebrates Spain's tapas-like pinchos

    In the United States we call them tapas. In northern Spain they’re better-known as pinchos. Spaniards love the little bites (pronounced PEEN-chos) so much that they set aside a week each spring — actually 10 days this year, April 8-17 — to sample them. Pinchos are taking center stage at some 90 restaurants and bars in … Continue Reading →

It's running with the bulls time in Pamplona, Spain, during the San Fermin festival, July 7-14

Sneaking a cigarette, tasting that first beer or borrowing Mom and Dad’s car for a joy-ride are about as daring as it gets when it comes to rites of passage for American teens. In Pamplona, boys of all ages — and a few girls, too — run with the bulls. From waiters and cab drivers … Continue Reading →