The Land That Never Melts: A mid-life journey to the top of the world

Guest Post By Peter Klika I scrambled up the ladder of the rickety cargo plane and immediately stumbled into a tangle of steel cables. I was still flailing around when the cargo handler greeted me with a curt: “Welcome aboard. You're our only passenger today. Follow me.” I limped to the back of the plane… Continue reading The Land That Never Melts: A mid-life journey to the top of the world

A Personal Tribute to the “Most Conscious” Conscious Traveler: Anthony Bourdain

by Mary Kay Seales My then-husband, Marc, turned me on to No Reservations, Bourdain's Emmy Award-winning show, which ran on the Travel Channel from 2005 to 2012. The first episode aired on my birthday, July 25, 2005, and was titled "France: Why the French Don't Suck." We watched it together with my daughter, who was… Continue reading A Personal Tribute to the “Most Conscious” Conscious Traveler: Anthony Bourdain

Lamb Between the Stones at Fuad’s Restaurant in Goyçay, Azerbaijan

by Mary Kay Seales Farm-to-table restaurants seem to be the ‘thing’ now, with young chefs proudly growing their own fruits, vegetables, and chickens. They have elaborate menus with carefully paired and “locally-sourced" wines in dishes of expensive pottery from an artist who lives in the neighborhood. Their six or seven course meals are meant to… Continue reading Lamb Between the Stones at Fuad’s Restaurant in Goyçay, Azerbaijan

Cape Flattery: At the Corner of Nowhere and Forever

Not Recognizing the Forest for the Trees One thing always surprises me. Many of the beautiful old houses in Seattle in neighborhoods adjacent to the waters of Puget Sound face inward, away from the spectacular views of the choppy blue water and snow-capped Olympic Mountains, two of the features which make Seattle one of the most beautiful cities… Continue reading Cape Flattery: At the Corner of Nowhere and Forever