Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

Monthly Archives: July, 2017

Free Champagne to Mexico City, 1969

Non-fiction. Vancouver, 1969. Nothing was as it had meant to be and things had not worked out. Things being a relationship, a job, and a visa, in that order. A … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Brussels: It’s not just the Manneken Pis

Non-fiction I am of the opinion, as far as a good lunch or dinner goes,  the food to be had in the restaurants of Brussels to be more than equal … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

On Stealing a Car in the Tropics

Non-fiction. My father-in-law, a former Italian diplomat, died intestate and in the resulting chaos which ensued,  his pride and joy, a 1980, Renault Alpine, disappeared. Despite it being the only … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Prejudice – a dialogue

Fiction. Jane and her close friend Elizabeth had just left Sabatini’s exclusive boutique, where they had taken time choosing a hat for Elizabeth.  They are walking together in the high … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Better to Travel than to Arrive

Fiction It wasn’t so once, but nowadays almost everyone has been there, done it and talked about it. However,  I remain in envy of those who have done exactly that … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Freelance Journalist

Fiction As was expected on a Tuesday night, the freelance journalist was perched upon his chosen stool in the dark inners of the Quiet Man Irish pub. That night there was little … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Open Prison

Non-fiction A while ago I received this email from a man who had read an article I wrote for Rhine Magazine. His amusing account of his brush with the Ecuadorian police, … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

Welcome to the (old)Big Apple

Non-fiction A few years back I wrote the following first time  impressions of my arrival in New York. Times, as always, have changed and I am pretty sure I would … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Blemished

Fiction.                    I do not know why but I feel obliged to tell you about a bizarre relationship I have just gotten out of … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · Leave a comment
Learn Fun Facts

An Archive of Curious Facts for the Curious

This Made Me Smile Today

Finding inspiration in the little things

raynotbradbury

Creative Writing. Book Reviews. Adult Humour.

wildfiremovies

An award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter talks movies.

ABOUT SOMETHING AROUND

If you don't look around once in a while, you might miss it - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Rebecca Starr Brown

From Normandy to Windsor, Putting the British Monarchy in Context

Timeless Classics

Poetry by Ana Daksina

THE HISTORICAL DIARIES

LOOKING INTO THE PAST ....

Trina Looks Back

Weaving Stories, Making Memories

k. Rawson

Heroines needed. Capes optional.

Claire Fuller

Writing and art

The Little Mermaid

MAKING A DIFFERENCE, ONE STEP AT A TIME