¿Cómo Se Dice…?

In Mrs. Perriera 's 7th grade Spanish class, we learned that the translation for "cool" was "chévere". In all the time I've spent in Spanish-speaking countries (Spain, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Cuba), I've never heard anyone use that word. Until now! People of all ages use it in Ecuador and they use it … Continue reading ¿Cómo Se Dice…?

The Science of the Equator

Science is more fun when you see it in action. Some things I already knew, like that the boiling temperature of water is lower at higher altitudes. And of course I've seen pictures of the wildlife on the Galápagos Islands, but I had to see some it for myself. Currents You are probably familiar with … Continue reading The Science of the Equator

Creeping Myself Out

Happy Halloween from Savannah, Georgia! If you aren't following my other blog, you might not know that I've been a nomad for the past thirteen months. I try out a new state every five to six weeks, staying in long-term AirBnBs. Over the summer, I stopped back in Colorado to hike some more mountains and … Continue reading Creeping Myself Out

The Next 100, In Record Time

I had originally titled this post to be more about running, but running wasn't a thing for me most of the summer. And then I just started to get back into in North Carolina when - bam! - major injury number three for the year that has me grounded yet again. I'd give up permanently … Continue reading The Next 100, In Record Time

Sixteen Things for Sixteen Years

Did you know that Montenegro (tied with Serbia) is the world's third most recent sovereign nation? Montenegro split off by a referendum in which 55.5 percent of people voted for independence. The threshold to approve was 55 percent. As you might imagine, people still hold many strong feelings about this decision on both sides of … Continue reading Sixteen Things for Sixteen Years

Cards and Tests and Masks, Oh Yes!

Since the saying is "thank god for...", it's tempting to start this post with "thank god for vaccines." But "thank science for vaccines" is the more logical statement, even though it doesn't roll off the tongue naturally. In any case, yay, vaccines! Thanks to science, I recently took my first international holiday since the start … Continue reading Cards and Tests and Masks, Oh Yes!

Return to The Top of The World

I've had a pretty rough spring/early summer. As long-expected as it was, the death of my dog affected me more than I wanted it to. Lingering in bad feelings is not my thing. I'm very much a "life is too short, buck up and move on" kind of person. But my subconscious fought me on … Continue reading Return to The Top of The World