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[Austin, TX] It is Sunday morning. I’ve set my alarm for the obscenely early hour of 7 am because I have a task – run 8 miles!!! As part of my half-marathon training (I am hoping to complete the San Diego rock-and-roll half marathon in early June), I am building up to the 13.1-mile distance over a series of long runs, each one a couple of miles longer than the other. Sunday’s… Read More

[Austin, TX] After our afternoon of sight-seeing in San Antonio, we headed back to Austin. We checked into the AT&T Hotel and Conference center, which was on the fringe of the University of Texas at Austin campus and was actually owned and operated by the university. This was where our conference would be over the next three days. After checking in, we touched base with my former boss Martha. She used to… Read More

[San Antonio, TX] A few days before my trip to Texas, a few friends filled out a Travel Challenge survey on Facebook. It entailed a list of 100 world attractions and the goal was to see how many of those you’ve visited, and how that compares to your friends. #1 on the list: The Alamo in San Antonio, TX! 🙂 I am in Austin, TX for a few days for the Higher Education Data… Read More

[Saint Michaels, MD] It’s been a few days since I came back to California but I got caught in such a whirlwind of work, school and other commitments when I got back that I haven’t had a chance to chronicle our last day in Saint Michaels. So here it is! On our last day in Saint Michaels, the sun came out as if to mock us. The weather was still cold –… Read More

[Saint Michaels, MD] When I mentioned before that the weather turned, I did not realize myself what that meant. On our drive up to Maryland’s Eastern Shore on Friday afternoon, we were listening to winter warnings and watches all along the I-95 corridor for that evening and all day Saturday. It is extremely rare to get this kind of weather here in October – this is more common in January and February…. Read More

[Richmond, VA] I had originally planned to drive to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello today, then visit Shenandoah National Park and maybe even take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. But the weather turned today – the temperature plunged to the 40s from the high 70s yesterday, and it’s supposed to rain – and Ramon will be done with his sessions after lunch, so I don’t really have time or the desire to… Read More

[Danville, VA] Around 9 am Wednesday morning, I was all set to head to Danville, VA – the little town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge where I spent my college years. I have driven the Richmond – Danville route many times and despite the fact that haven’t been to this area in at least 5 years, I knew it probably had not changed much. After a short drive on a… Read More

[Washington, DC] All along we’ve been checking the forecast for our trip and Wednesday, Oct 26th was supposed to be a partly sunny day with temperatures in the low 70s. During my morning run in Alexandria, the weather was beautiful and it was shaping up to be a relatively warm Fall day in the metro DC area. So we embarked on our walking tour of DC lightly dressed and without an umbrella…. Read More

[Alexandria, VA] We landed in Washington DC around 10 pm Tuesday night. We picked up our rental car – a little sporty Nissan Versa that I really like – and hopped on I-495, also known as the Capital Beltway. The Beltway is notorious for congestion but we were surprised to find bumper to bumper traffic this late in the evening – we were down to one lane because of construction. It didn’t… Read More

[Los Angeles, CA] With my final post from CMS 2011, I thought I’d share some of the lessons I’ve learned from traveling for 3 weeks with 60 people. 1. Traveling in a large group is like herding cats. Literally. 2. It is possible to drink a can of Red Bull and promptly fall asleep. 3. When eating in a foreign country, you can ask “What’s in it?” but so many times. Like… Read More