Introducing Mr. TWS

My frequent travel companion revealed

Maybe you’ve wondered about the guy referred to in my blog as “my husband” or included in “we”. Who is my frequent, but obscure travel companion? In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to introduce you to my Valentine, Mr. TWS.

He works a lot

If you regularly follow this blog, you know that Mr. TWS isn’t referred to very often. Unfortunately, he’s usually putting in 60+ hour work weeks when traveling. While I’m taking day trips from London to Cambridge, seeing plays in New York, visiting museums in Washington DC and eating bratwurst sandwiches at Christmas markets in Germany, Mr. TWS is in business meetings or working from a hotel room.

Mr. TWS in Toronto

I took the photo of him above as he was in between customer meetings in Toronto and I was roaming around the city. He hasn’t seen much of Toronto on his business trips, so I’d love to get back there with him sometime when there’s no business involved.

Latin Quarter, Paris

On a trip to Paris in 2010, we stayed in a 17th century Latin Quarter apartment where Mr. TWS had a view of the Gothic Saint-Séverin church across the street while he worked.

He’s a romantic

Antonio Canova's Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, The Louvre

He was able to enjoy some of the the sights and romance of Paris: quiet nighttime walks through the Tuileries from the Place de la Concorde to the Louvre; climbing the sprial staircase to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for panoramic views of the city; and savoring food, drink and atmosphere in cafés and bistros. This was his photo of Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss at the Louvre — such a romantic!

He loves movies

Photo courtesy of M. Schuermann

Another highlight for both of us was a visit with our friends, Marlys and Michael Schuermann, publishers of the popular Easy Hiker website. Michael, author of Paris Movie Walks, took us on a wonderful walking tour of Montmartre and several locations where movies were filmed. Mr. TWS is a huge movie fan, so this was a real treat.

He likes a good pint of Guinness

The Tea Clipper, London

He is always saying that the best Guinness is that which is poured in Ireland. But he still enjoys a pint or two in other places he travels.

He looks nice in a suit

Mr. TWS has said that he felt like a kid whose mom was dropping him off for his first day in kindergarten as I took this photo in Hamburg, Germany before he went in to a business meeting. He patiently agreed that I could take the photo anyway, but I don’t think he expected it would end up in a blog post someday.

Hamburg, Germany

He’s friendly

He’s very friendly and enjoys meeting and talking to new people as we travel — and kids and dogs love him! In Berlin, over beers and appetizers we enjoyed conversation and laughs with a couple we met from Cologne. On a train from Interlaken to Lucerne, a Swiss couple told us of their love for Lucerne and gave us advice about what to see there. There are many of those experiences. Sadly, I don’t have photos of them. Well, except for this one of Mr. TWS in conversation with “The Rock” in London.

Madame Tussaud's, London

He loves road trips


He’s a big fan of driving trips we’ve taken in the U.S. and Ireland. His favorite memory is probably the one we took years ago just after we moved out west and saw awesome scenery at Yosemite; Zion and Bryce National Parks in Utah; and Death Valley. But there have been other great road trips since then. The most recent was through Nevada, Idaho, Montana and Alberta, seeing gorgeous sights like Glacier National Park.

He’s an active guy

Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

Here he is climbing the rocks at Red Rock Canyon on a trip with friends to Las Vegas last June. Red Rock Canyon is a place our Vegas savvy friends knew would be a healthy escape from the Strip. Mr. TWS isn’t a big gambler, but does enjoy playing a little blackjack in Vegas.

He’s my Valentine!

Rockefeller Center, New York City

So now you know a bit about Mr. TWS, tell us about your travel companion or special people you’ve met along the way.

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81 thoughts on “Introducing Mr. TWS

  1. glen

    Nice post, Cathy. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    I laughed about the “first day of kindergarten” photo. I did the same thing with my wife when she went to teach her first day of classes at Tulane U., and a couple of years earlier when she had her first day teaching at another university. She’d kill me if I ever posted them, though!

  2. Renee King

    This post is all kinds of adorable. First of all, your guy is the bees knees (the business, very handsome)….and it’s so nice to see how the both of you travel together even though he’s a bit occupied to see the sights. I’m sure that you share all of the day’s adventures with him though. Secondly, you got to meet Michael and Marlys too? Unfair. lol

  3. Senaf

    What a romantic blog. Sweeney you have introduced your Valentine in a most gracious way. Mr. TWS was not known to me before but as your “husband” and “we” as you said, but now he has his own identity on your blog. Thank you for sharing your love of your life. Love to hear more travel stories about you and Mr. TWS…:)

  4. eileen ludwig

    How nice to see your partner in life and travel. Great how you get to travel so much and write about it with such a wonderful companion. Love the table with two laptops. This answers my question about how you get to travel so much and enjoy so many places on this globe.

    1. Cathy Post author

      We actually celebrated Valentine’s Day a day early this year (Mr. TWS had to be away on business) — but it was quite romantic. Thanks!

    1. Cathy Post author

      Nice to travel with the beloved ones, isn’t it? — Even when one or both us still have work to be done. Still nice to be together a lot of the time.

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  6. jade

    I said this on Valentine’s Day on Facebook, but I love Mr. TWS! Seems like you met the perfect match and you both seem so happy in all the pictures- even when he is working!

  7. Katrina

    1) I like him already!
    2) Either the Rock is short or Mr. TWS is VERY tall.
    3) Next time you’re in Ireland, go to Cork and have him try a Beamish.
    4) Dali’s house in Port Lligat has a miniature Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss in the I Dream of Jeannie Room. 🙂
    5) Yay for Marlys and Michael! 😀

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  25. Just One Boomer (Suzanne)

    Your travel with Mr. TWS sounds a lot like most of our travel. It’s a rare trip for us that doesn’t involve some work time for my beloved. I try to use his working hours to do things I don’t think he would enjoy that much — like walking around a history museum where I have to stop and read every bit of every explanation. I feel so fortunate that we are able to travel so much together. Another silver lining is that we usually get to spend some time together as a couple at a dinner with his work peeps—-physicians and scientists from all over, interesting people, some of whom, with their spouses, have become good friends.

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