Is it the sound of grinding beans? Is it the smell of freshly brewed coffee or baked pastries? Or is it something else entirely that makes the cafe experience the magical thing it is?
They say if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. And if you make it there for the first time in 18 months, you know you will be overjoyed when you return. Join me on my first return to New York post-Covid-19 lockdown.
Our first and only big trip of 2021 (and really since the beginning of pandemic-lockdown) was a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii to visit family and escape the Midwest. And in spite of fits and starts, it was exactly what we needed.
My lone 2020 travel write up features sparkling beaches, cherries on everything, and resilience in the eyes, hearts and minds of people. Welcome to the Gold Coast of Michigan and our family road trip to Holland, Traverse City, and Muskegon in September 2020.
What can I say? I miss travel. Probably not a surprising sentiment these days, but the reasons I miss it may make my thoughts unique. Or heck maybe you have these yearnings too?