Travel Sights and Souvenirs: Ferns

The silver fern is one of the unofficial symbols of New Zealand.

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The silvery white underside of a silver fern frond.  Otari-Wilton’s Bush, Wellington, NZ

This tree-fern is endemic to New Zealand.  The name comes from the silvery white color of the leaves’ undersides.  Continue reading “Travel Sights and Souvenirs: Ferns”

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Light Packing Not Just for Iceland. Part 2 of 2

This is a continuation of my previous post in which I list garments and footwear that I’d pack into a commuter backpack or on my person for a short trip, for instance, to Iceland.  Why Iceland?  Well, first, I just went there a few weeks ago and still remember; second, to make a point that it is possible to visit a somewhat cold place comfortably and pack lightly; third, Continue reading “Light Packing Not Just for Iceland. Part 2 of 2”

Light Packing Not Just for Iceland. Part 1 of 2

Four years ago I read an online essay about a young couple who travelled in Southern Europe for three summer weeks without any luggage.  Not even a carry on.   They carried smartphones, passports, credit cards, and (I hope) toothbrushes in pockets (man) and a small crossbody handbag (woman).  No other bags.  They washed the clothes they wore in sinks and dried them overnight whenever that became necessary.  I can’t find the link right now; if any of my readers have it, please send it my way, and I’ll update.

Maybe not the most conventional/ sanitary approach, but I was impressed and inspired.  Just imagine the freedom Continue reading “Light Packing Not Just for Iceland. Part 1 of 2”