Seasons Greetings from Outer Space A! With the holidays upon us, it's time for a few tips for Cat 6 travel for those among us intrepid enough to attempt it during the busiest season of the year. While retiree travel is not recommended, as a rule, during periods like the holidays, it may be possible,…Read more Holiday Travel Tips
As the summer vacation season draws to close this Labor Day, it's time to begin getting organized for fall travel! It's probably a bit too early to actually try to head skyward if the destination is OCONUS - DODDS students can begin the year up to a month after school starts (and depart up to…Read more Let the Travel Season Commence!
My three idyllic weeks studying Italian in the beautiful city of Lucca had come to an end, and it was time to bid arrividerci to Italia and begin the long trek back to the east coast, and ultimately home to the great Pacific Northwest. Since our Plan "A" for getting to Italy had not…Read more Full Circle Part 3: The Long Way Almost Home
Family visits happily concluded, it was time to move on to phase II of our springtime space a journey - three weeks in my favorite little city in all of Italy: Lucca! I had signed up at Lucca Italian School (www.luccaitalianschool.com) for language lessons beginning April 3, and rented an apartment from Air BnB with…Read more Full Circle – Part 2: On to Italy!
The Medevac Bus! (current as of 05/2017) The medevac bus exists to transport active duty/dependent medical patients between the Vicenza, Italy, clinic and the facilities at Landstuhl Hospital, near Ramstein. If there are extra seats available after patients are accommodated (there almost always are!), retirees and other authorized travelers can ride along. There is no…Read more Another space a option in Europe: Take The Bus-
Our latest space a trip started long ago, on March 11, and just concluded last week Sunday, May 7. Whew! Talk about a trip! The idea was to visit eastern CONUS family (Part One), and position ourselves on the east coast for a flight to Italy (Part Two), where LC6 had made arrangements for 3…Read more Full Circle – Part One
A fellow Cat 6 traveler, reading about our most recent space a adventure (which had gone off like clockwork!), inquired whether we ever experience any “hiccups” along the way in our travels. Oh, Mercy, YES! We've experienced FAILURE: on several occasions (like our planned trip to Italy this past fall from Norfolk) we haven’t gotten out at…Read more The Tao of “Hiccups”
NOTE: At the time of our travel, the Moroccan Dirham (MAD) was 10 to 1 USD. Easy to divide MAD prices by 10 to get the US equivalent. January 20: Our tour of Morocco began in the hustling (literally!) bustling port city of Tanger (Tangier). Waving off swarms of “mosquitos”, we made our way across…Read more The “Road” to Morocco: The Final Chapter
The second we disembarked from the ferry in Tangier, we were immediately engulfed in a buzzing “cloud of mosquitos” – young men, one after another, insistently “offering” to “guide” us, or “help” us find someplace to eat or stay (for pay, of course)! The introduction to Morocco was molto intensivo! In the interest of providing…Read more The “Road” to Morocco, Part 2: Both Sides of the Pancake
Ever since my sponsor enjoyed a solo trip to Morocco just about a year ago ( Let Your Sponsor Go! ), he’s been on a mission return, with "moi" in tow. Thus, our first overseas space a adventure for 2017! From Rota, Spain (via space a from Norfolk), we planned a circuit, taking the ferry across the Straits…Read more The “Road” to Morocco, Part 1: Logistics