I squeezed into a non-reclining seat on Ryanair at 6 am in late May for the 2.5 hour, $32 flight to Riga, capital of Latvia. The flight left from London’s Stansted Airport in driving rain and arrived in what Riga residents were calling a heat wave – a high of 85F. Since Riga is roughly […]

Round the World – October 2015 – 23,643 miles.

  lst Sector ALPINE to LOS ANGELES by Amtrak. 1,036 miles. $100. 19. 5 hours. 9.7 c per mile.     With the back fully reclined, and the leg supports extended, using both seats you have a small platform on which to curl up. Don’t expect a pillow or blanket, however.         […]

Going home? A reflection.

  For the past 12  years, every third year or so, I have gotten a group together, mainly folks living in the Big Bend, and taken them on the 10-day tour of Scotland, my country of birth. This summer, due to the added interest of the Referendum on Scottish independence, I took two groups, one […]

Britain in June

Seagulls were circling overhead and cawing loudly as I drove across the River Ness, heading north. I had arrived in Inverness, Scotland’ s highland capital, by plane (Midland, Houston and Newark) to Glasgow, then by bus to Inverness, where I picked up a rental car. My destination was Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point on […]

Scotland Tour – 2nd departure

Thanks to a quick response, the first tour to Scotland (leaves September 8) is now full. So, I have booked a second tour (leaves September 21) same length, price and  itinerary (I will substitute the Highland Games visit for a theatre performance). I will again lead this trip, and am looking forward to it!  


Eating haggis in Alpine, Texas! A Get-Together  for the tour group going to Scotland in September was combined with a Burns Supper, the annual celebration of Robert Burns birth. This was the menu. SCOTLAND TOUR 2014 Burns Supper & Group Get Together Sunday, September 26, 2014 MENU Pâté Paysan (chicken & pork)  Smoked Salmon (peppered) […]

The People’s House

I flew to Bucharest, capital of Romania, with Wizzair, a budget airline I’ve used before. Cheap and colorfully painted, it is based in Budapest, but is US owned. I sneaked on-board a large carry-on bag without being noticed or charged; the Wizzair staff were more concerned with an on-time departure. The flight from London took […]

Moldova – where’s that?

  Small in size (population of 3.6 million), located in a little known corner of southeastern Europe and positioned between two larger neighbors (Romania and Ukraine), Moldova gets little attention. Yet it is an extremely fertile region with potential to rise above its economic rank of the poorest country in Europe. The main problem is […]

Scotland Tour 2014

    Scotland at a Turning Point? Jim Glendinning will accompany his fourth group tour to Scotland amid the excitement of the first-ever vote for Scottish independence (September 18, 2014). The small group (not more than 20) will visit palaces and castles, museums and battlefields, meet with ordinary Scots folk and listen to informed local guides. […]

The First Odessa

    I recently got off a train in Odessa, Ukraine with three days to discover what this port city on the north western coast of the Black Sea had to offer. It spawned ten Odessa’s in the USA and two in Canada so I was expecting something of substance. First however, I had a […]