Personal Interests

International travel!
I go outside the U.S. at least once, sometimes twice, every year.

Favorites places are:

  • Cape Town, South Africa, and the nearby Stellenbosch Valley wine region--puts Napa Valley to shame!
  • Sydney, the most beautiful, fabulous city in the world, and the Great Barrier Reef, which defies description, in Australia.
  • The Azores, the Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean where my paternal grandfather came from. I have family there that I visit. The islands are the perfect antidote to life in the U.S.

I'm learning European Portuguese so I can speak more with my Azorean relatives (European Portuguese is significantly different from Brazilian Portuguese).

Each week, I sit with a handful of others in our own French Club so we can brush up and maintain our French. We play Scrabble in French, do French crossword puzzles, and translate French literature.

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