I’m going (more) nuts. I want to get on a plane and go soak in a Kyushu hot spring, hike Taiwan’s Dongyanshan National Forest, wander Hanoi, float along the Mekong, sit still in Siem Reap, sleep in a 4.5 star Hilton in Kuala Lumpur ($57 a night!) and take in Singapore’s Chihuly exhibit. I want to circle Sri Lanka, dive The Maldives, safari in southern Africa. But instead I remain here in front of my computer, scrolling through old trip photos, now too scared even to venture to Kona, what with the mutants and maskless.

I’m revisiting old trips for their use in distracting me. I’ve come to realize that my normal method for staying mentally steady (and un-grumpy) is travel-related activity: checking out guidebooks from the library, subscribing to travel newsletters, imagining trips, planning trips, taking trips – the possibility of flight. But lately it’s been about canceling trips (fact: I’m supposed to be in Paris today, at a hotel near the Gare de Lyon, in the 12th arrondissement, steps from the Seine).

The photos I’ve been scrolling through the last few days are from a trip to Antarctica. You may think of it as a white place, but there are so many shades of blue and green.

With travel out of the question, I’m seeking equilibrium through laughter. Have you something that makes you laugh out loud? If yes, please do share. Awkward Family Photos, BBC’s Ghosts, and Los Espookys are providing that service for me at the present, but I welcome suggestions. Cuz without distractions, I’m consumed by this depressing time of stay-homedness, taking photos like this instead of the Seine:


  1. The photos are stunning, but all the melting ice brings tears to my eyes.
    We too have had to cancel trips – this fall to have gone to Japan to celebrate our retirement and birthdays 🎂… breathe… and thank you for sharing … it’s probably better than being there


  2. 52 rolls of TP on the couch, 52 rolls of TP,
    Use one up and flush it down,
    51 rolls of TP on the couch.
    51 rolls of TP on the couch…

    99 glaciers in the arctics, 99 glaciers good ‘n cold,
    Burn some coal and melt ‘em down,
    98 glaciers left go.
    98 glaciers in the arctics…


  3. Sorry, Riki, that Arctic image didn’t make me laugh … though both the TP and the ice, diminishing are all too real!

    Nancy, try YouTube “just for laughs”. Corny Canadian gags, sort of like Candid Camera.


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