Despite Switzerland being a small country, and despite Melissa and I trying our best to “see it all”,  it wasn’t until July 30th that we visited the Italian part of Switzerland; 20 months after first moving to our adoptive country.  The main reason for this is that the one and only Italian canton, Ticino, is on … Continue reading Lugano


I live a charmed life… the only goad I needed to pack my bag for Vienna, Austria was a phone call.  My aunt and uncle, Mary Jean, and Tom Hansen, were on an epic, multi-week, European tour, and called me July 6th to see if I wanted to meet up with them.  Vienna was the closest … Continue reading Vienna