Cider Hill Farm, Northeastern Massachusetts

Cider Hill

Cider Hill

I recently got into a conversation with my supervisor in which she contested the notion that fall in New England is superior to fall in other parts of the country. She emphasized the fact that leaves do, in fact, change outside of Massachusetts. She had a point. I understand that MA isn’t the only state in which, come October, the foliage becomes a spectacle, the air becomes crisp, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups establish a stronger presence in the aisles of convenient stores, and the best movies of the year hit theaters. However, MA is my home, and fall looks pretty freakin good on the East Coast. To me, fall in New England is equivalent to a tropical vacation for most. While it’s not unusual for people to dread the cold and begin to withdraw as the days shorten, I become overwhelmed with relief. My experience has been that humidity is oppressive, and cool air is liberating. Continue reading

Travel Research: A Substitute for Actual Travel

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Unfortunately I find that there is dissonance between the time I would like to spend traveling, and the time work allows for it. I know I’m definitely not alone in this. What’s even more unfortunate is the fact that at this point in my life, I’m probably given more travel time than I will be for a long while moving forward professionally. I have found, in my experience of wanderlust, that I am at least able to temporarily curb my impulse to drop everything and travel by researching the many places I want to visit and fantasizing about adventures that await. Continue reading

A Summer Wedding in Vermont

Newport, VT

Newport, VT

Last weekend I visited West Charleston, VT for the wedding of a childhood friend. Until last week the only weddings I’d been part of were those of my parents’ friends and aunts and uncles. Now, quite suddenly, weddings within my cohort are taking my schedule by storm. Continue reading

Oh, the things I stuff into my purse in preparation for a trip.

My Go-To Travel Bag and Its Contents

My Go-To Travel Bag and Its Contents

I have one purse that I consistently use for travel because of its pocket surplus. It may just be me, but as I approach airport security I’m always filled with dread and wishing I could grow an extra six arms and channel Ganesha for the experience.  Continue reading