It’s been almost a year since I wrote about the death of my father and the complex emotions I experienced as the result of being in South America when he passed.

This time, it is aging (I celebrated my 54th birthday this month) and an ancient city in Portugal that inspired me to share my thoughts about politics, travel, and hope.

What about you? I’d love to hear what’s happening in your life. Use the comment box below or drop me a note. I look forward to reconnecting. 

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Ellen Barone is an American writer and wanderer. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".