A Traveler’s Guide to 48 Hours in Budapest

On the morning of March 19, I had no idea where I’d be the night of March 19. We went to the Aer Lingus ticket counter, roller bags in hand: Budapest had the cheapest flights, so to Budapest we went. I knew very little about this city, but now that I know roughly three days worth, … Continue reading

Where are we going today?

“I don’t mean to be negative, but there’s little chance you’ll be flying today,” our friend the taxi driver warmly warns us. His Irish brogue a cuddly bearer of bad news. “Maybe you will. Better to be lucky than rich I say.” Warning #3. Warning #1. Our friends the Dubai Air stewardesses in the elevator. “Where … Continue reading

Vatican City – OR – How do you explain Pope Pius XII to a Jew whose family was wiped out in the Holocaust?

“I’m taking you to Catholic Sin City,” Seth says as we wind our way with the Tiber. Today is Vatican City day. I apologize with “excuse me, Sister” rather than “excuse me” as we weave between the ambling Sisters of Charity (some habits die hard), stopping at the corner with three collared priests who shift and huff … Continue reading

A thoughtful letter to the burglar who stole all our stuff

Dear friend, I imagine that by now you have fenced all $13,000 worth of our electronics, jewelry, clothes, and assorted equipment. Although many have been angry – even wrathful – on my behalf, I find that I can not join them. I choose, instead, to believe in a fanciful story that explains why my fellow … Continue reading

(Some of) What I knew about Jeffrey McManus

Last night while checking Facebook, I read this request from the current Daily Nexus editor in chief. Hey All, This Wednesday, we will be printing one of our few summer issues. We decided to run a tribute for Jeffrey McManus in our Opinion section.. It’ll be memorial detailing some of his life and the memories we shared … Continue reading