Vagawandering.com Blog

Galapagos dreams

Check out this itinerary for the Galapagos (and Machu Pichu). After seeing the ocean going, seawater-snorting Marine Iguanas on TV, we have to see them in person. And of all the ways to visit, I am definitely interested in the new Celebrity Flora. And as long as you are in South America you’ve got to also visit Machu Pichu (says...

The Hero’s Journey

One of my favorite bloggers… Barry Ritholz. https://ritholtz.com/2021/09/misunderstanding-narratives-the-heros-journey/ “A hero who goes on a great adventure, where a great challenge awaits; confronted with a crisis, the Hero has a crucial realization, allowing him to emerge victorious, returning home transformed by the experience. This is a great structure for creative works, as it sets up the narrative in 3 parts, including...

We are all Detroit

“Go ahead and laugh at Detroit because you are laughing at yourself.” — Charlie LeDuff, author of Detroit: An American Autopsy “It is more complex than simply (1) we were successful and grew, (2) people left and now (3) we don’t have enough money to maintain everything. Eventually the affluent coalesce in a handful of neighborhoods. Where they are outside...

Lost River (Detroit)

Took a drive east of Detroit In the wrong direction they said The door was black and dank Heavy smoke was in the air The drinks they were complex The music loud and tropical A menu deep as the ocean But next time take an Uber

Capital Prime (East Lansing, Michigan)

Not a credit card, but a $$$$ steak house in a sort of defunct mall next to the Hyatt House. One thing you can say about the Midwest, they know their steak and potatoes. That Filet au Poivre was the best filet I’ve had in a LONG time. The London Broil was also very good. The Ahi Tartare…just don’t order...

Meat BBQ (Lansing, Michigan)

Exactly what I want out of a BBQ place. Spicy creamed corn, very dry, not soupy. Meaty beans, so flavorful, half meat, almost a condiment. Excellent moist cornbread. Brisket was great (you get 3 pcs). Decor is pure metal (has to be seen to be believed). This place will be a must-do on future trips. GO EARLY. First time we...

Pegasus Taverna and Astoria Pastry (Detroit)

Pegasus Taverna Like stepping into an old-time Mob movie where the Greek ex-mobster maitre’d yells at you to follow him while the kitchen crashes plates in the background. Under the low hanging plastic ivy, under the low wood ceiling, the waiters flame the Saganaki. I think we were the only table to NOT get the Saganaki. Don’t be like us!...

The Great Loop

I have to admit that I knew virtually nothing about the United States east of Las Vegas. YouTube has opened up visibility to things I’d never laid eyes on. Our love of locks (don’t laugh) led us to the Keokuk Lock and Dam in Iowa on the mighty Mississip, which has a wonderful live Webcam often with up to 500...