Notes from a European Sojourn I've been fortunate to have moved around widely throughout my life. My travels began, as it did for many, with family car trips. An important early one (at age eight) entailed a departure from my hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma and traversing the American southwest. This experience alone did much to cement an enduring thrall with the majesty of the desert. This same journey (which landed us in California on a coastal route that ended in San Francisco) predetermined my Pacific Coastal life and the expansive sense of horizon (culturally and literally) that came with it.