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    I’ve gotten presents that have been extravagantly beribboned and expensively wrapped and yet failed to live up to my expectations. I’ve also had the most amazingly

    2015 Grateful 17

    A late afternoon decision and the almost miraculous appearance of a local shark (illegal taxi driver) saw us heading towards Stana (Sztána), one of nine

    Headscarves and padded bras

    If this trip to Romania taught me anything, it’s the need for patience. We turfed up at the guesthouse to find it empty. Not a

    2015 Grateful 18: Daniel Silva

    For the last month or so, I’ve been keeping fairly constant company with a lovely man who has the most amazing green eyes and even

    Holy stitches and sunken churches

    When you see a map of a country that has the dirt roads marked clearly, and then you read the fine print in a car

    On the road in Romania

    Horse-drawn carts are not an unusual sight in Romania, where for many they’re a familiar mode of transportation. But the sight of two lipsticked, middle-aged women

    2015 Grateful 19

    Sometimes things just ain’t what they seem. Sometimes our expectations let us down. Sometimes, though,  we can be pleasantly surprised. So much of it depends

    The best of two seasons

    If you’ve ever driven the Richardson Highway between Valdez and Anchorage, Alaska during the couple of weeks when the leaves turn, you will know what

    Making coal from wood and hats from mushrooms

    Well, you learn something new every day. There was I thinking that coal came from the ground – as in the famous Castlecomer coalmines in

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