First things first: five days in Puerto Vallarta wasn’t enough. We flew down there for a Monday through Friday Thanksgiving trip, and would have loved to stay longer (work called me back, as did super cheap plane tickets, which dictated the timing). We left blustery Chicago and landed in sultry Mexico in late November, and from the […]Read more "Sunsets, Street Tacos, Street Dogs and Hidden Streets: Strolling through Puerto Vallarta, Mexico"
In these days of The Knee Defender, flying has become a lesson in patience and abandonment of personal space. We’re packed in like veal, leaving little room for courtesy and kindness. It’s a battle of self preservation, as Frank Bruni wrote about in a column in today’s New York Times, called “Just Plane Ugly.” Last […]Read more "An Unexpected Show of Kindness (and Medical Intervention) on United Airlines"
At the ASJA Content Connections conference Nov. 13, keynote speaker Jay Heinrichs said some incredibly kind things about a story that I wrote for Southwest Airline’s Spirit Magazine (Now called Southwest: The Magazine). Since the magazine doesn’t keep archives for very long–the story ran in 2010–I wanted to share it here. Thanks for all who […]Read more "How Mya Saved Jacob by Kate Silver"
I recently traveled to the Murcia region of Spain on a press trip. Here’s the first in a series of what I saw: Parador de Lorca Usually, when I think of Paradors, I think of very, very old Spanish buildings converted to hotels: palaces, castles, convents. In Lorca, the Parador is actually brand new. It […]Read more "From Castle to Quake: A Journey through Lorca, Spain"
From Lorca, we traveled to San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain, a coastal city on the Mediterranean. Here, visitors can soak in the Mar Menor, a lagoon-like portion of the Mediterranean, separated from the sea by a 13-mile sleeve, called “La Manga.” We’ll get to the sleeve in a second. Within the town of San Pedro […]Read more "Mar Menor, La Manga and a Gated Community in Spain"
My favorite city in Murcia was, hands down, Cartagena. I’d book a vacation to this town any day. It’s got a bit of everything: history, modern architecture, food, views, the ocean, Roman ruins and ducks that guard a castle. Yes, ducks that guard a castle. We started our visit riding 45 meters up a giant, […]Read more "Traveling to Cartagena and Jumilla: Route of Wine in Spain"
We stayed in Murcia for two nights, and it would have been great to stick around longer. This is a city–and region–that’s largely unknown to Americans, but it should definitely be on your radar. It’s affordable, easy to get around, and chock full of all of the mandatory things a Spanish destination should have: we […]Read more "Exploring Murcia, Spain"