Category Archives: Travel 2019


I keep a travel bag packed, since I’m away so much.  Toiletries never get unpacked, and anything else I need — Euros, British pounds, travel pillow, electrical adapter — all stay in the same drawer for easy access.

So returning home from NYC on Thursday, I loaded up the laundry baskets, and started transferring pills and toiletries and the like to the larger suitcase for international travel, because . . .

I leave Monday for Tangier, Morocco!

Going to a Mediterranean climate for a few days means a change of clothes.  No raincoats or jackets for winter in NYC or Chicago.  In fact, no heavier twill trousers.  Here’s why:

Tangier will have highs in the 60s, and lows in the low 50s overnight, the entire time I’m there.  And enough humidity that the climate will feel like April in Saint Louis.

So I’ve pulled some short-sleeve summer shirts, a few linen shirts, and the tan twills.  Shoe decisions will come next.

(Lest I be foolish, I will pack a light rain-proof jacket, just in case!)

Choir Boy

My Tuesday in NYC ended with a performance of the play Choir Boy in a detailed and affecting performance by an ensemble cast.

I cried just a bit at the end.

Earlier Tuesday:

  • Greenwich Village for tea and some Taiwanese Linzer cookies
  • vegan lunch with Jacob Scott
  • a stop by the Happy Socks store
  • a nap
  • dinner with Yufei at a brasserie
  • snow, then sleet and freezing rain, then pouring rain in the evening
  • soaked shoes
  • a Tito’s & tonic nightcap

Couple of days in NYC

I’m taking a couple of days in Manhattan for some R&R.

Yufei and I had dinner last evening at a Thai restaurant.

Today I will go down to Greenwich Village, and then try to avoid the rain this afternoon. Tonight is a performance of Choir Boy at Manhattan Theatre Club.

I’m in search today of some yummy Chinese New Year cookies at a tea shop in the Village!

From my hotel last evening:

And I’m away

Sunday — transit to Washington, D.C., and a bit of tourist time

Monday — meeting with staff at National Association of Schools of Music; transit by train to NYC

Tuesday and Wednesday — in NYC with Yufei, and beloved former students

Thursday — transit home, stopping at Midway in Chicago