Monday, June 30, 2014

Arrival in Spain

We arrived safely in Valencia this afternoon and explored a little of the old city before coming back to the apartment to nap and freshen up for dinner.  I started my research and was surprised to learn that the Valencia orange was actually developed in California.  I guess I 'll have to wait until I return home to continue my project.  At least I will have more time to concentrate on tapas, paella, and my cousin Zach's wedding.

In the meantime, I sat next to this guy on the airplane
His name is Eric Adams and he is the lead singer of a heavy metal band called Manowar. He has had a very interesting career and he was a lot of fun to talk to. We will just miss his concert in Barcelona but my mom is anxious to see him when he comes to Chicago this fall.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Luggage Upgrade

Since I will be doing lots of travelling this year, I decided to upgrade my luggage.

  • Two-wheeled duffle. One of the wheels devolved into a square which made it difficult to roll.
  • Grungy backpack that I carried on the plane with all my junk stuffed in it.
  • Worn-out toiletry bag.
  • Plastic $1 coupon holder which I used to carry my documents.
  • 21" roller with four wheels in purple.
  • A set of three organizer bags, also purple.
  • Kind of tacky (but new) toiletry bag from Target.
  • This cool electronics organizer.

  • An expandable black nylon carry-on bag.  The most important feature - it is not a backpack.
  • A $2 purple plastic document envelope.
The only thing I kept is a beautiful leather passport holder/wallet which my friends gave me in 1995.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It Is Time To Start Traveling

School is out so it is time to hit the road.  This year I have picked a theme for my trips - food.
Many of you are aware of my life-long interest in plant hybridization. When I read about the threat to the Florida orange crop (, I decided to go to Valencia, Spain to do some research on the history of Valencia oranges. I was able to convince my sister and mother to join me.  The adventure begins soon, so please check back often.

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