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  • France

    Do as the Parisians do

    For me, traveling and tasting go hand in hand. So much can be learned about a country’s history, region and way of life through by trying what’s eaten there day to day. Walt and…

    June 6, 2017
  • France

    Paris, je t’aime

    On my first day of 8th grade at East Jr. High School I walked into Mrs. Cross’s French 101 classroom without truly knowing what I was getting myself into. I had never seriously studied…

    June 4, 2017
  • Portugal

    Despedida, Portugal

    There’s something romantic about Portugal. Perhaps it’s the collective longing for a bygone era. A yearning for a time where the power of the Portuguese spanned the entire globe. Or maybe it’s the back…

    June 3, 2017
  • Travel

    Coworking roundup

    Here on Off They Went I end up writing about the adventurous side of our travels – breathtaking hikes, memorable meals, and visits from friends – but that horribly misrepresents what our average day…

    June 1, 2017
  • Portugal

    Following Bourdain

    If you find yourself spurred to visit a country, often that initial urging comes easily. You read an article, chat with a colleague, watch a movie, or eat a dish and boom – all…

    May 25, 2017
  • Portugal

    Sonnet to a stair

    Ugh. Breath, the usher of life’s great trials, you, who oft catch, hitch, shallow and quicken, typically not what my body exiles, yet from my lungs, it seems, you’ve been stricken. Plodding, step after…

    May 20, 2017