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January 16, 2022

A busy day in Berlin | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the fourth part of a travel series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. Before my recent trip to Europe, I did some research on each country—learning certain customs and common phrases. I took advice from family, friends and tour guides about...

Mapping out stories in England | Travel

Trips to Haworth, Oxford become literary pilgrimages  Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. In England, literary history is everywhere—from London to the smallest of villages. While in the country recently I visited many places where authors...

Birthday in the big city

How do you celebrate someone’s 70th birthday? Since fitting seventy candles on a cake wasn’t an option, I decided to take my wife to San Francisco for a big night in the city.

Searching for the heart of Amsterdam

Solo trip to bustling, global city reveals hidden gems Note: This is the fourth part in a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. When I decided to travel to Europe this year, I wanted to visit countries where I had friends. This was the case...

Traveling south the long way

Editor’s note: This is the first entry of a travel series based in the Southwest. For the last week of February my wife Sarah and I took a road trip south to San Diego County, both for pleasure and family matters. We’ve taken this trip...

A touch of Old Dutch | Travel

Windmills and museums cap off European adventure Note: This is the final part in a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. October is a hit-or-miss time to travel to Europe. Crowd levels are lower, and flights can be cheaper—but the weather is unpredictable. By the third...

How to survive traveling with others

Let’s just say I’ve been around a bit and have traveled with various combinations of people from small to large groups that have included family, friends, colleagues, and mates; yes, it can make or break a trip. I have traveled on my own too,...

Year of the Rat in S.F. | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the last entry of a two-part series on San Francisco. For the first, see the Feb. 7 edition of the Pajaronian. I left off in the first half of this series about San Francisco as I departed North Beach, said goodbye to...

Painting a picture of The City | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the first entry of a two-part series on San Francisco.  I was in San Francisco twice recently and though I’ve been there numerous times I still ran into plenty of new places to make it worth the short trek north. In December...
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Older adult programs shutter as Covid-19 cases rise

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—In early November 2021, Meals on Wheels’ (MOW) congregate meal sites reopened to older adults across Santa Cruz County for the first...