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Best recent trip: Belfast and London, UK, October 2016

Next adventure: summer 2017 road trip from Albuquerque to Key West, via Durango, Ft Collins, St. Louis, Atlanta (east/southbound) and then New Orleans, Austin, Balmorhea (west/northbound)

A favorite travel experience: El Salvador, 1993
Having spent a summer in Guatemala, I traveled alone to El Salvador for the last two weeks of my stay in Central America.  Although I had a few too many hitchhiking scrapes (one of which involved a Salvadoran Senator, his bodyguard, and numerous firearms), it was a fantastic trip overall.  I climbed Volcan Izalco, attended a village festival in the mountains, toured the Pacific Coast, and walked the capital city.  The trip ended on my 20th birthday, when I returned to Guatemala City (hitchhiking, of course) to catch a return flight to the U.S.

Some favorite books (the shortlist):

  • A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, Julian Barnes
  • Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  • A Gathering of Old Men, Ernest Gaines
  • Voyage of the Narwhal, Andrea Barrett
  • West with the Night,  Beryl Markham
  • Tenth of December: Stories, by George Saunders

Other favorites:

  • Short story:A Christmas Memory,”  Truman Capote
  • Play: “Arcadia,” Tom Stoppard
  • Movies: American Beauty, The Motorcycle Diaries, High Fidelity, Intermission, Romero, The Magnificent Seven (original version) 

I recently read:

  • Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
  • Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
  • Search for Wondla, by Toni DiTerlizzi
  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  • Best American Short Stories, 2015
  • Blue-Eyed Son, Melissa Romo
  • The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
  • The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

Things you didn’t know about Dr. Lane:

  • I am a 7th-generation Floridian
  • I am a Little League Softball World Series champion (1989)
  • I started building a wooden sailboat in 1991 (still not done)
  • I backpacked through Big Cypress Swamp
  • I was editor of my college newspaper
  • I lived on a sailboat for two years
  • I have never owned a television (or microwave oven)
  • I like doing triathlons in my spare time