The day after I returned from Vienna, I decided to go somewhere I’d been thinking about for almost a year: Speculum Alchemiae, the museum of alchemy. The building, dating from 900 AD was used in the fifteenth century by alchemists and herbalists. These scientists were trying to understand the nature of metals and dispensing herbal medicines. In … More Playing tourist at home
Parent conferences finished at 12:30 on Friday October 16. I had it all planned: bus, metro, and the 2pm bus to make it to Vienna in time for the 7:30 performance of The Tempest at the State Opera. Unfortunately, the bus was almost two hours late, and I didn’t make it. I was just a teensy … More Vienna: auf deutsch, bitte
At the start of October I had the pleasure of a visit from my Australian nephew. It was so much fun to have someone from home come and stay. I stocked up the pantry, inflated the guest bed, and gave the mini schnauzer a bath in anticipation. What to show him? I was now in … More My First Visitor
I wrote a BRILLIANT blog entry a few days after I returned from London, but an accidental backspace out of WordPress deleted it. Must remember to hit ‘save’ as I go. Believe me—the original was something Hemingway would have shed tears over. Tears of envy. What follows is a mere shadow of the original… Before … More London!