North America Articles

Day Tripping in Central Florida

February 28, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Take a morning walk along the St. John’s River in Sanford, an easy 30-minute drive north of Orlando. On our road trip from Charlotte NC to Miami, the third stop (after Charleston and Savannah) was St. Augustine, Florida. Established in 1565, it’s the oldest continuously settled city in the US.... read more

Cinematic Savannah, GA

February 24, 2017 1:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Image: Forsyth Park, Savannah Stop #2 on our road trip: after Charleston came Savannah, an easy few hours along scenic Low Country back roads. Quick: What do Juliette Gordon Low, Johnny Mercer and Paula Deen all have in common?

Charleston, SC

February 21, 2017 2:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Photo: The Battery – Charleston, South Carolina My friend, Delia, came all the way from Bucharest, Romania to attend the Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel symposium, which I hosted at Duke University on February 10. (More on that event in a later blog.) After that it was:... read more

Durham, NC – A Foodie Town

October 21, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Title Image: Food Truck Rodeo, Farmer’s Market, Central Park, Durham NC – even food truck food in Durham is delicious Fifteen years ago Durham did not have a restaurant culture, and the downtown was dead. There was only the now-closed Magnolia Grill, which had opened in 1986 on Ninth Street... read more

Charlotte, North Carolina

October 4, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Toward the end of September Charlotte, NC captured negative national attention for being the latest city rocked by protests in the wake of the shooting death of an African-American man at the hands of the police. Two days after the incidents I went to Charlotte to visit family, and I... read more

Duke University: Under Construction

September 30, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Photo: Duke’s West Campus, seen from the dorm quads In April, when I left Durham, North Carolina for my around-the-world trip, I was not expecting to return to Duke University in September and find it one of the more surprising places I’ve been in the past few months. And... read more

My Adventure Begins

April 8, 2016 10:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This week I’m beginning my around-the-world adventure, which will last five months. I hope you’ll enjoy following me as I blog about my travels. As a world traveler I have come to appreciate home in a way I used to take for granted.