I’m Cathy Bennett Kopf. I have a wheelie bag and I’m not afraid to pack it.

I wish I was a senior with time on my hands and regular pension checks. Or a twenty-something with a backpack and no responsibilities.

But I’m not. I’ve got a full-time job in municipal finance, a large and (at times) needy family, and a bad case of wanderlust.

So I travel whenever and wherever I can.

Follow my blog, The Open Suitcase, for tips and techniques I’ve picked up through the years and to see where I’ve been and where I’m going next! I’d love to have you join me on my next adventure.


Recent Posts

Nun for a Weekend: Quebec City’s Le Monastere des Augustines

Looking for a hotel in Quebec City for a weekend getaway? Traditional options abound but if you want a unique experience, consider a stay at Le Monastere des Augustines, a renovated historical monastery with a wellness mission. I embraced its quiet elegance, artfully designed to soothe the mind and ignite the soul.


The renovation of Le Monastere thoughtfully combined the old with the new. Photo: Cathy Bennett Kopf/The Open Suitcase LLC

Fear of the Unknown

I didn’t know what to expect when I checked into a monastery for a weekend getaway in Quebec City. Would a gaggle of nuns circle me in the lobby and start singing, “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Cathy?” as in the Sound of Music. Or, worse, would I be stripped naked and escorted to my room in a shameful walk of atonement like Cersei in Game of Thrones? Continue reading

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