mad hatter's ball

I’ve been staying close to home lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t traveled. I recently went down the rabbit hole to a unique experience in Wonderland. I attended The Mad Hatter’s Ball, a zany event where everyone dressed up (Red Queen approved) and we enjoyed a circus performance with the March Hare balancing on chairs, the caterpillar swinging from silks, and the Cheshire Cat doing some flexible acrobatics.

baja mexico

I am embarrassed to admit this: I could drive to Mexico in 20 minutes from my house…and yet I have only been a handful of times in the nine years I’ve lived in San Diego. My excuses have been many, as you will soon see, but a trip taken with San Diego’s branch of the organization Travel Massive to Valle de Guadalupe in Baja changed my tune completely. Here’s why I put off my trip to Mexico for far too long (and am now kicking myself for waiting):

l a cetto wine

There’s something about putting wine and travel bloggers together that just amounts to a ton of fun. Recently I took a tour to Baja, Mexico’s wine country in Valle de Guadalupe with a bus full of travel bloggers and professionals (you can read about that next week here). As we marveled at how great — and affordable — the wines were, we also shared our travel stories. When travel lovers get together, the first thing they find out is: where have you been? Where are you going? As our inhibitions loosened over many, many wine tastings, we shared tips about Greece,…


On my trip to Sardinia, I visited Monte Sirai, an archeological park with ruins from three different eras: Phoenician, Punic, and Roman. That’s pretty remarkable. Sardinia has a long history of influence from different groups of people over the millennia. Here is a clay pot in the tophet, which is where the children were buried. It broke my heart how many pots there were…