My life is teaching, my love is traveling. Ever since childhood have I ventured as far as I could to experience other places, other people, other customs. All along people were worried about me. But my history is good: I have come back safe and sound from everywhere. From hitch-hiking across Eastern Europe deep into the old Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s; from India, China, or Peru. From Pakistan, too - even though this was the time Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007 and the country was in turmoil.
My background is art history. As people in my field know - one has to see the real thing to put all the book learning into perspective. Ever since I started teaching, my travels have been the back-bone of my classes and the starting point for many public lectures. I love sharing my experiences and I love connecting the art and history of the past with people's lives of today. I love to bring the world to my students as so many of us can not travel the way I have been privileged to do.
To blog was my son’s idea in order to help my friends and family to connect with me while I am on the road. I started this blog about 10 years ago (2009). Every year I have added to it. I am counting my blessings and hope to be able travel until my last breath.
Just in case I will get homesick, I posted a picture here of Silver Lake, right outside our home in Pinckney.
Many, many thanks to David, my partner in life. I know these times of prolonged absences are not easy. Thanks for your generosity, for taking care of the house, and for not worrying about me.
I will miss your hugs! ET