Explore Connemara in Connacht

View from Clonbur, County Mayo The Cultural region of Connemara in the province of Connacht in Western Ireland, is a must visit location for the cultural traveller and outdoorsman. In Gaelic, Connemara means ‘Inlets of the sea.’ The prolific Irish Poet Oscar Wilde, described Connemara as a ‘savage beauty.’ There is something indeed wild and … Continue reading Explore Connemara in Connacht

Explore The Aran Islands

In the province of Connacht in Western Ireland, lie the Aran Islands in the mouth of Galway bay. These islands have a myth inspiring, rugid and purely North Atlantic landscape with a population spread across three isles of about 1200. A good portion of the people speak Gaelic. Essentials Called “The islands of Saints and … Continue reading Explore The Aran Islands

The Lights of Luang Prabang

Near the top of Phousi Hill in Downtown Luang Prabang At the hostel in Kunming, while laying on a bunk in a cramped dorm room full of Frenchman, I closed my eyes and earnestly tried to catch some rest. When I finally rolled off, I fell into a vivid dream. It was a very Midwestern … Continue reading The Lights of Luang Prabang

A Night Out In Galway

“You'll be back." Jack said. "What makes you say that?" He put his hand on his chest and said, "I know you, same heart." Jack waived goodbye and left O'Connor's Pub in the Salthill neighborhood of Galway. Taking another swig from my second pint of Guinness of the night, I pondered his words, "Same heart...." … Continue reading A Night Out In Galway

County Kerry; Ireland’s Outdoor Paradise

Ireland is much more well known for its Guinness and global cultural influence than it is for its outdoor scene. Sure, most everyone is familiar with its rolling green countryside that’s full of ancient castles and stone walls, but adventure? Most adrenaline junkies, mountaineers and hikers look elsewhere to get their fix. This is a … Continue reading County Kerry; Ireland’s Outdoor Paradise

Yunnan Province; ‘South of The Clouds’

Yunnan Province in the People's Republic of China is a province steeped in a rich history, as well as myth and legend. Among the Han Chinese, Yunnan has a reputation of being a wild, untamed region full of 'uncivilized' tribes. The name Yunnan, has been in use since the thirteenth century when China was under … Continue reading Yunnan Province; ‘South of The Clouds’

The Celtic Tiger and Ireland’s Economic Miracle

Via Forbes In the 1990's The Republic of Ireland experienced something akin to an economic miracle. Dubbed the Celtic Tiger in 1994 by an economist at Morgan Stanley, Ireland in an enormous switch in trends, went from being one of the poorest nations in Europe, to one of the richest (2). While it is important … Continue reading The Celtic Tiger and Ireland’s Economic Miracle

Reflections of William Connors, American Expat and Translator Living in Germany

Translator and Explorer, Bill Connors, has lived a hell of a life. In this personal essay, he reflects on what travel means to him, the trials that he's undergone and insights had, while living a life of adventure. His work can be found at siftingthroughlifeandtheworld.com Bill’s shirt translates, “foreign devil” It would be nice to … Continue reading Reflections of William Connors, American Expat and Translator Living in Germany

Brexit, An American’s Perspective

"Yea...Brexit. Sorry about that..." Lara said to me quickly, quietly and in a tone ripe with annoyance. We were walking through the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, discussing art, history and traveling, when the very sensitive topic that is all the noise surrounding her home country, was brought to light and was then subsequently dropped, … Continue reading Brexit, An American’s Perspective