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A Traveller’s Perspective on the Crisis in the Ukraine

February 26th, 2022
A Traveller’s Perspective on the Crisis in the Ukraine

Greetings from Madeira!

The Ukraine is tragically aflame at the moment, and, like the pandemic, all nodes in the information network are being consumed by it. Normally I prefer not to comment on politics whenever possible; hospitality and travel fall within the scope of my expertise; geopolitics, not so much.

It’s About The (Warm) Water You Swim

February 25th, 2022
It’s About The (Warm) Water You Swim

The water’s up to my knees now, and I can tell this is going to be a tough one: the cold bites at my skin, blazing a line of icy fire higher and higher up my legs as I walk out further & further. The beach here is shallow, which sometimes looks like a blessing and today feels like a curse, prolonging this creeping agony, even if I grit my teeth and stride as fast as I’m able.

Timing the Turning Tide of Travel

February 19th, 2022
Timing the Turning Tide of Travel

Greetings from Madeira!

Somehow our Madeira experience is already at the halfway point, which would be shocking to me if we didn't already know the relationship between the speed of time and having fun.

What our members have to say about Madeira so far

February 12th, 2022
What our members have to say about Madeira so far

Greetings from Madeira!

We just finished a little tour of the Madeira Botanical Garden, called one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world by Condé Nast, which I'm not about to argue with! With a nickname of 'The Island of Eternal Spring,' it's no surprise that the climate here is perfect for a whole host exotic plants from all over the world.

Fjaka: The Croatian Art Of Doing Nothing Much At All

February 10th, 2022
Fjaka: The Croatian Art Of Doing Nothing Much At All

What’s the secret to a good life?

Every European country has its own angle on this - and at some time over the last few decades, the people in charge of marketing these countries to the rest of the world sat up and started paying close attention. 

It probably started with hygge, the Danish term for embracing a simple, cozier mode of existence.

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