Homeward Bound, Portland Edition with a Dash of Lithuania

I have taken a break from blogging, allowing myself time to recharge and focus on other writing projects, but tomorrow I leap back into the skies with a flight home to Portland, Oregon and a jam-packed weekend of kite-flying on the coast, harvest and beer festivals, indie rock and folk music while sipping a microbrew, a hardcore soccer rivalry between Portland and Seattle, the requisite pilgrimage to the stacks of Powell’s Books, and coffee with old friends.

Too good of an adventure to keep silent. So I terminate my blogging vacation early, with a dash of the Rose City.

To keep you satisfied until then, I leave you with my last photo installments from my recent trip to the Baltics. A day trip to a 15th century Lithuanian castle in the lake town of Trakai and a long layover in Copenhagen with old friends. To view my photo slideshows, click on the links below.

Trakai, Lithuania



About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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