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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!)

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

Travel recap


In 2018, I spent 95 days on the road — more than one quarter of the year.

Those countries visited were

  • Russia
  • Austria
  • England
  • Sweden
  • Italy
  • Canada
  • United States of America
  • and a stop at the Copenhagen, Denmark airport, which counts but not really.

Over the time I’ve used TripIt, beginning with my hiring at Webster University, I’ve covered nearly 300K miles in 127 total trips. And not all of my domestic trips were included in those early years.

Scenes from the travels:

2018 in photos

Click on any photo for the full version! Happy end of year!!