It’s been 18 months since our return home from Worcester, England, but the dust hasn’t settled on our suitcases. I officially retired from University Minnesota Duluth on November 1st, 2014, and began planning our 2014/15 Winter Getaway. The journey began Christmas Day as we boarded a plane and headed west to spend 5 weeks in […]

When people ask what we miss most about Worcester we answer without hesitation…our dear friends! Thank you to the people who invited us into their lives to share their time, their knowledge and love of the UK, and their GOOD FOOD! We hiked, biked, dined, picnicked, shopped, toured, laughed, and celebrated big British events and […]

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain Here are a few of our favorite photos […]

Start with 20 AWESOME American students from University of Minnesota Duluth, and add in one PHENOMENAL assistant, Julia, and one BRILLIANT colleague, Catherine, and you have the ingredients for an AMAZING academic year at the University of Worcester. My responsibilities as Programme Director included everything from welcoming new students, to overseeing field trips, to managing […]

Here’s a look at the guests who spent time with us in Worcester…from the U.S., Canada, and Norway! August/September 2013: Chris and Lisa Munro Bailey Conger October 2013: Molly Harney and Zofia Gutierrez December 2013: Abby and Nick Herberg, Zofia and Gustaf Gro Fjerdumsmoen and Kjetil Wold February 2014: Lee Anne Heikkinen March 2014: Molly […]

Vern’s return meant we were that much closer to packing up and leaving England, so we needed to prioritize the list of “must sees” and “must dos” to align with Judith’s “must work”. To that end, we were on the go from morning until night, but we accomplished a lot of traveling, visiting, and Worcester […]

I managed to successfully fill my six, solo weeks in Worcester with WORK and adventure, thanks in very large part to my entertaining friends and colleagues, but I was DELIGHTED to pick up my best friend and favorite travel buddy at the Birmingham Airport on October 13th. Vern didn’t seem to suffer from jet lag […]

Copenhagen!!!! This was a travel adventure centered around an opportunity to catch up with Benedikte, the first exchange daughter we hosted in our home, in 1991. The two of us scheduled a weekend to meet in early October. Benedikte traveled by train from Aalborg, Denmark, and I traveled by plane from Manchester, UK. The three […]

Caerdydd is a derivative of Caerdyf, the official Welsh name of this city, which translates into a combination of fort (caer) on the River Taff (dyf). The fort is a reference to Roman inhabitants, but there are signs of visitors long before that time, in fact archeologists have dated nearby settlements to 6,000 BC (1500 […]

Warwick castle may top the list of attractions in Warwickshire, but the village itself was the reason for my journey in early September. I am not the first to be charmed by the serene, riverside location. Folks have been visiting and setting up home in Warwick for over 1500 years, from the early 900’s when […]