While this is a blog about my travel experiences and love of history, I think it is worth mentioning who I leave behind when I am away. I have a lovely little Tonkinese cat named Maya. She is 11 years old and is, in my opinion, the most spectacular cat on earth. Her traits are far more canine than feline. She greets me at the door when I come home and always wants to be close to me. She is the ultimate lap cat and likes to snuggle under the covers. Sometimes she gets up to mischief: one of her favorite past times is pulling pushpins out of the wall and batting them around. This activity, while sort of cute, sets me on edge as I fear she might eat a pushpin one day!