My Travels

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The work of a local artist in northern India.

For six months, from 2009-10, I worked as an international volunteer in northern India and then headed north for my first visit to Nepal as a holiday. You can read about it in Six Months in Ranchi.



Local education workers performing traditional dances in the San Miguel de Allende zocalo.

In March and April, 2011, I lived in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, just because I wanted to learn some Spanish and I liked its reputation as an arts community. Read more in Near and Far.


On the rooftop of La Rinascente in Florence overlooking Il Duomo taking a glass of wine with friends.

The roof top of La Rinascente, a department store in Florence, where you can have lunch or have a glass of wine while looking down on Il Duomo.

Out of Place is my blogging record of two extended trips to Europe.

In the spring of 2012, I lived in Florence, Italy for two months, hardly ever leaving its cobbled streets.  Although the weather was often rainy, on this day I joined friends on the rooftop of a department store for a glass of wine and fabulous views of Il Duomo, the city’s main church, one of a multitude of beautiful works of art.


Later I headed for Scotland, where I renewed my love for the wonderful countryside.

Five days hiking along Hadrian's Wall in northern England

On the left, all that is left of Hadrian’s Wall, which was built 15 feet high. Wall remains, along with what’s left of the Roman forts, stretch across the north of England, from Carlisle to Newcastle.

From September to November I roamed across England, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. I expected to enjoy the big cities the most, but I found the countryside — hiking at Hadrian’s Wall in northern England and mountain walking in Germany and Austria — what I enjoyed the most. During the final six weeks of my journey, I headed for Ljubljana, Slovenia. It’s a beautiful, restful city with lots of opportunities for enjoying nature in the city and outside of it.

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  1. Molly Hiro

    Hello Lois, I found your blog because I am trying to learn more about living in Ranchi. My family might relocate there temporarily while I teach at a local university and it’s very hard to learn much from the internet, etc. I tried to look at your Six Months in Ranchi blog but it’s password-protected. Would you be willing to let me read it? Or if not, may I email you with some questions? Thanks so much. Molly Hiro

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