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AUSTRALIA | Tue, 4 Aug 2020 | By countryboy | Views [186] | Comments [3]

I feel like an Airfix model that somebody started in 1972, forgot about, and rediscovered in the attic when they had to sell the house they’d inherited because they’d decided to downsize and move to Mudgee. All the parts are actually there ... Read more >

Tags: blog, corona, covid, joural, lockdown, sydney

Frederick Remington, Winslow Homer And Covid

USA | Fri, 14 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [154]

WE HAVE VISITED SOME OF THE FINEST ART MUSEUMS of the world—the Louvre, Met, Prado, Vatican, Rijksmuseum and even the Hermitage—but the one we keep returning to—the only one we’ve been members of—is here in Colorado. ... Read more >

A Change for the Better

USA | Sat, 7 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [120]

JOE BIDEN HAS WON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.  It isn’t official yet—there will be more counting, recounting, legal suits, countersuits, wailing and gnashing of teeth before the results are certified—but it is a good start.  ... Read more >

Manatees Need Loving,Too

USA | Wed, 18 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [119]

IT’S NOT EASY BEING A MANATEE.  First off is the identity crisis.  We are not—and never have been—mermaids, despite what old-timey sailors may have you believe.  They must have been at sea way t-o-o long.  ... Read more >

The Game Is Afoot

USA | Sun, 23 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [117]

THE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED, THE BATTLE-LINES DRAWN and, as Conan Doyle would say, “The game is afoot.”  Perhaps Michael Buffer’s “Let’s get ready to rumble!” is more apt.        ... Read more >

Norman Rockwell—Reimagining the World

USA | Thu, 13 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [116]

NORMAN ROCKWELL'S COVERS ON  THE SATURDAY EVENING POST are as American as peanut butter and jelly, firecrackers on the Fourth or Mom's apple pie.  Many of us yearn for the America he depicted on the covers of more than 300 issues of the Saturday ... Read more >

27 hours in Edinburgh

UNITED KINGDOM | Thu, 17 Sep 2020 | By swathi | Views [113]

Day 1   The Avanti West Coast zoomed from Euston to Edinburgh Waverly, every tilt synonymous with a turn in my stomach. Sydney, my friend from UEA and I were going on our second trip; the first being Budapest in 2017. The 5.5 hour-long train ... Read more >

Tags: edinburgh, haggis, hike, scotland, volcano, whiskey

Stormy Weather

USA | Wed, 11 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [107]

WE THOUGHT WE WERE FINISHED WITH HURRICANE SEASON.  But this IS 2020 when even the improbable becomes likely.  Last year it was typhoons , the Pacific Ocean’s version hurricanes.  We managed to avoid the worst of Typhoons Krosa, ... Read more >

You Do What You Can

USA | Wed, 2 Sep 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [106]

THE BRITS CALL THEM JABS—vaccinations, flu shots and the like.  So while the country waits for the sometime-in-the-future Covid-19 vaccine, Connie and I got the 2020 model flu shot at Walgreens.  Not only was it covered by Medicare, Walgreens ... Read more >

Gone Fishin'

USA | Fri, 27 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [103]

OLD-TIMERS DON’T NEED A LICENSE TO FISH in Florida.  Before the Dark Times descended you might see them lined up shoulder-to-shoulder on almost any bridge or pier—today they are keeping their social distance.  I prefer to be closer ... Read more >

You Can Run—But You Can't Hide

USA | Sun, 1 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [98]

MOVING MAY GIVE ONE THE ILLUSION OF CHANGE but it isn’t possible to escape reality.  In other words, you can run but you can't hide.  Covid is still eating its way through the population, the Election grows even more contentious and its ... Read more >

Fire and Ice

USA | Tue, 8 Sep 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [94]

IT WAS HARDLY A BLIZZARD BUT ANY SNOW this early in September is unusual, especially after Labor Day temperatures climbed into the 90s.  Although snow is possible any time in the mountains, this is the earliest it has snowed along the Front Range ... Read more >

Licenses Renewed

USA | Sat, 29 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [94]

WE’RE STILL HERE—MORE OR LESS.  We had to abandon the condo we’d been in since April, but only to move to the next building.  It’s the same layout with different furnishings—a step up in some ways and down in others—... Read more >

Still Got The Right Stuff

USA | Sun, 18 Oct 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [90]

COCOA BEACH HAD THE RIGHT STUFF back in the 60s—but we all had it back then, didn't we?  Cocoa was a company town—and the company was NASA.  It was famous for Astronauts, surfing, beach babes-in-bikinis and as the setting for I ... Read more >

A Flash of Green

USA | Sun, 29 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [89]

WHEN I FIRST READ ABOUT THE FLASH OF GREEN in a John D. MacDonald novel, I figured it was just more Margaritaville-hype of the “we live Florida and you don’t” variety.  Nadia Drake probably felt the same when she wrote in National ... Read more >

Whitsunday Fun Days

AUSTRALIA | Tue, 22 Sep 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [89]

I love Australia, plain and simple! COVID-19 hasn't exactly wrecked all of my travel plans; it's just placed them on the back burner. If things were normal, I'd be in Russia or somewhere in Europe at the moment. Despite the disaster of a year 2020 has ... Read more >

A Golden Good-Bye

USA | Fri, 25 Sep 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [89]

THE CALENDAR MAY SAY THAT AUTUMN has arrived but, despite the recent dusting of snow, it is still summery here in the Mile High City.  It’s a different story along the Colorado Trail near Kenosha Pass, fifty miles west and another mile higher ... Read more >

It's About Time

USA | Fri, 2 Oct 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [88]

IT WAS TIME FOR A CHANGE.  A change of scenery.  A change of season.  A change in weather.  And most of all, a change in attitude.  We never thought we would be glad to leave Colorado, but there it is—six Covid-imposed ... Read more >

And the times they are a changing...

NEW ZEALAND | Mon, 10 Aug 2020 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [85]

Wow life and the world has gone through a huge upheavel since the last entry in our blog and is continueing to do so. After the death of my Mum we went, as a country, straight into full lockdown in that we had to stay home unless going out for food, ... Read more >

Heart Reef Overflight

AUSTRALIA | Mon, 12 Oct 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [85]

A few days ago, a lovely lady named Chonita showed me a video of her at the controls of a small Cessna aircraft over the Great Barrier Reef, and said "Oh my, you've just inspired me." The other day I was the first customer at Le Shack in Airlie Beach, ... Read more >

Arizona For The Holidays

USA | Tue, 22 Dec 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [81]

COVID BE DAMNED, WE HAVE TRADED palm trees for cactus, the Gulf of Mexico for the Sonoran Desert, humidity for dust and manatees for coyotes. Yeah, we’re spending the holidays in Arizona—Gold Canyon to be more exact—with our friend ... Read more >

Black Lives Still Matter

USA | Thu, 30 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [79]

IT MIGHT BE A COINCIDENCE—OR MAYBE IT WAS JUST FATE.  Connie and I visited Denver’s Martin Luther King Memorial on the same day as Rep. John Lewis’s funeral, the same Civil Rights leader who marched across the Pettis Bridge with ... Read more >

What do the Spirits say?

AUSTRIA | Thu, 29 Oct 2020 | By krodin | Views [75] | Video

As travel is currently restricted, I  spend lots of time exploring the mountains and valleys close to home.  The pandemic and pending election in the U.S. give cause for concern and I choose to find solace in nature. This new videopoem relates ... Read more >

Tags: mountains

Mourning Beirut—A Look Back in Time

USA | Wed, 5 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [73]

Journal Entry from February 14, 2015  journals.worldnomads.com/vagabondstoo THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER SEARCHED OUR PASSPORTS, page by page, for evidence of a visit to Israel which would deny us entry into Lebanon.  No worries — they ... Read more >

Tags: retrospective

All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

USA | Fri, 18 Sep 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [72]

OUR RENEWED PASSPORTS FINALLY ARRIVED, three months after we applied for them.  They are so much thinner—the Jenny Craig version—and so much more pristine than the old ones, whose pages are filled and whose logos are nearly worn off ... Read more >


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