Well, no – I’m not actually turning five. (That happened, uh, rather a long time ago…) But it was five years ago that I embarked on a journey like none I’d taken before – I started Tesserology!
Now, given that I can’t even keep a house plant alive for five years, this is a major accomplishment for me! So I thought I’d celebrate with a little look back at some earlier posts, places – and occasional plights – that have stuck with me over these years.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin!
Awww – my very first travel post! Each entry is supposed to be like a “tessera” – a piece of the mosaic of experiences that make up my life. And I initially figured I’d extend that theme to using pieces of a single photo throughout the post, then revealing the entire picture at the end. But since that approach turned out to be about as dynamic as my dry explanation of it now, I abandoned the practice pretty quickly.
Blog history aside, I traveled to Newfoundland to do my own research into North American history and who discovered this land – or, you know, who first arrived thousands of years after people had already been hanging out here. Because, contrary to the jingle burned into my brain as a child (not the Boston zip code for sending things to Zoom – the other one), no candidate’s name on the possible discoverer list ends anymore in “Columbus”. Then who (as far as I’ve learned) among the Chinese, the Phoenicians, the Vikings and let’s not forget Ireland’s Brendan the Navigator, has the best current claim to discovery scoreboard? The evidence is up in L’Anse aux Meadows and it points to the Vikings!
Well, I just finished some last-minute grappling with one of life’s certainties – that would be my taxes…
In this post, I come face to face – quite literally in the case of Pompeii – with another certainty as I journey through the long and chilling shadow of several famous volcanoes!
THE “INTO EACH LIFE” BIT (2016)
Venice! The City of Canals! The City of Bridges! The City of Love! Um, how about the Soggy City? Or the City of…of…Waterlogged-ness..?
On an amazing Mediterranean cruise with the folks, I’d arranged ahead of time to send Mum and Dad off on a romantic sunset ride in a Venetian gondola! Little did I know that on our blustery day in Venice, all sunset rides would be cancelled because we could have used a gondola to get across the flooded Piazza San Marco…
The Not-So-Much-Floating City? The City of Disappointment? Nah. More a reminder that when life hands you a meteorological lemon, just make Limoncello!
London – my favorite city in the world!
Seems like there’s history in every inch! But while searching with my friend Judy for the one-time residence of Benjamin Franklin, I had to dig deep into my own history to find it.
That’s one of the beauties of travel that goes beyond discovering new places – it’s also often about discovering (or, in this case, rediscovering) oneself!
THE ZIP WHINING BIT (2013)
For me, some lasting lessons have come from traveling bumpy and sometimes unflattering roads – but they’re treasured experiences and make for some of my favorite posts!
Like when I had a challenge to face while taking part in a weekend of wedding festivities on California’s Catalina Island. Would I go with my first instinct and take a pass on zip lining with the adventurous bride and groom? Or would I go ahead and take a leap of faith..?
THE ZEN AT THE ATM BIT (2014)
Even though Elsa’s circumstances in Frozen were different from mine, I think she was onto something when she belted out that tune, “Let it Go”! But I wasn’t sure I was up to heeding that advice and making the best of things when I lost my credit card at the start of a trip around Wales…
THE FLUID STATE OF GRACE BIT (2016)
In sorting through photos for my previous post on Alaska, I was lamenting the fact that I didn’t have a higher powered lens to record the fantastic scenery and wildlife. But I’ve had reminders too, like in such breathtakingly beautiful places as the province of Alberta, that it’s as important to set all the equipment aside now and then in favor of just being present.
THE MEMENTO MOTORI BIT (2016)
Maybe more than any other post, this one brings together all the reasons why I blog. I hope to entertain and inform about the wonderful travels I’ve been lucky to take, but I also love having a place to catalog memories of where my yen for travel began – with my family. And I’m especially pleased when readers are inspired to share their own experiences as trip-taking kids and parents!
Blogging has proved to be a truly special kind of journey for me. Maybe not the perfect, most polished or (at about one post a month…) the most prolific of endeavors – but immensely satisfying without a doubt!
My deepest thanks to those who’ve journeyed with me through life as well as through these last five years of postings!
Cheers to y’all – and to all the travels to come!