Elena Bowes

New York-London travel writer of a certain vintage looking for meaning and wholeness in life

I have a Lebanese friend named Lara. Our friendship began outside the school gates in London over a decade ago. Lara wasn’t like any of the other class mothers- she hosted class dinners, graduation events, invited us to the Nutcracker, circuses, concerts, even EuroDisney. She was our fairy godmother, most definitely mine. My marriage was...

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5 days ago
Lebanon with Madame Tour Guide Extraordinaire - Elena Bowes

My financial manager urged me to update my life insurance plan days before I flew. “Just in case” he said. Rather than being afraid, I was dazzled. #travel #Lebanon Hotel Albergo Avedis Guidanian http://bit.ly/ElenaBowesInLebanon

I have a Lebanese friend named Lara. Our friendship began outside the school gates in London over a decade ago. Lara wasn’t like any of the other class mothers- she hosted class dinners, graduation events, invited us to the Nutcracker, circuses, concerts, even EuroDisney. She was our fairy godmoth...

4 weeks ago
A valedictorian thanked teachers in her speech. Then she went scorched earth.

I loved this honest valedictorian’s speech! There’s no sugar coating here. #NatalyBuhr chose her moment in the limelight to chastise the teaching staff who failed her and other their students. Very bold. https://wapo.st/2Ko5hBg #students #speech #theteaching #valedictorian

The San Diego high school senior called her counselor "unavailable," the office staff negligent and lambasted a teacher who was arrested at school.