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Food Adventures: Laramie, WY

For a small western town, this home of University of Wyoming (and daughter, Lis) packs a culinary punch! I've highlighted "Sweet Melissa's", a vegetarian restaurant with a menu worthy of any big city.

Friend Update: Sharon and Dody!

I continue my "Friends and Other Heroes" page with a duel tribute to college buddies, Sharon and Dody. I was able to see them on back to back days on the way home from Maine! As expected, they each thanked me for the visit, but I am equally grateful for their time, now and throughout our years together.

My blog: MOATET

I made a decision this month to use "Musings of a Traveling English Teacher" to explore the many conversations I've had with some of the exquisite people I have met on this journey.  This week, I share the smiles of Sony, my salon artist from Nepal. Turns out the language of "hair" is universal. Click below to read her story.

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The year is 1969, and I have just turned 10. Departing from Baltimore, I am hauled around the country in the back of a "goldenrod" VW pop-up, trying to ignore my two younger brothers.  I read, swat mosquitoes, wash dishes, and complain some (no air conditioning) but on a bar stool in California I get to watch Neil Armstrong land on the moon.

If you've seen or read The Glass Castle, that was kind of us, although we did have a permanent home.

Meanwhile, Ken was growing up in Libby, MT, but only 7 years old! He and his two younger brothers were hauled around in their own camper, to and from endless, boring rodeos. (Not surprisingly, both of us were often carsick.)

His camper perched over the truck bed and hood, so he could ride up top and see the road ahead. (I always wanted one of those.) 

Now that's illegal, I believe, 

but it was the 60's.

It took another 

25 +/- years for us to meet, but we were travel partners all along.  We have our parents to thank for their tenacious ability to look beyond the front yard and not fear the borrow pit. Our kids have done the same.

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