IMG_6477  After publishing a few reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp!, and having several Facebook friends refer to me laughingly as a “power user,” I decided to start this blog as a creative outlet. After all, where else can I combine my love of writing with my love for travel, dining, cooking and eating? And, I simultaneously get to write about my lovely teenage daughter Mackenzie and my long distance relationship with my boyfriend Brad.

I spend so much time traveling these days – going back and forth from Seattle to Guelph, Ontario almost weekly, traveling for business in the States and Europe, and just vacationing in various cities and on islands throughout the world. I love to try new things and places and share my experiences with my friends. I am indeed a true Sagittarius, the astrological symbol of the traveler. Traveling is one of my greatest passions, and it always has been.

It’s funny to reflect back on my “formative years” when I was living in Santurce, Puerto Rico as a restaurant manager. I was trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life. At that time, I had my sights set on becoming a travel and food writer. My dream was to work for someone like Conde Nast, and travel around the world, writing about incredible food and my experiences. I traveled throughout the Caribbean, down to Venezuela, moved to London, backpacked across Europe for four months and even went to Russia for a week. And once I graduated from Mills College in Oakland, I went to work for the Contra Costa Times as a freelance writer in the Bay Area hoping to fulfill my lofty ambitions. However, I quickly discovered I would not be able to support myself working as a freelancer in the Bay! So I went to the “dark side” of public relations as it is called, and began my career in communications and marketing.

After 20 years in the corporate world working as a professional communicator, I now work as a marketing communications consultant from home, wherever that happens to be that day. It’s incredible work, and I love the aerial access industry I specialize in and the inspiring people I’m able to meet. So now, I will simply fulfill my travel and food writing dreams through this little blog.

Join me as I passionately globetrot throughout the world. Maybe I can make you laugh a little, or fill your mind’s eye with some beautiful and thoughtful visions, or maybe just give you a travel tip here and there. More later…and thanks for reading.

And remember, as Kurt Vonnegut said in Cat’s Cradle: “Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.”

Melinda

 

2 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Very nice baby! Hope we can give you a bunch of great experiences to recount and document for the world! Love you!

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