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

A Real Inconvenient Truth; The U.S. Secret War in Laos

(Taken near Vang Vieng) When most people think of Laos, they imagine thick green jungles and epic Karst mountains splaying across an ancient spiritual and culturally unique landscape. Some may think of The Hmong, their especially distinct customs and shamanic practices. Travelers might recall the numerous Theravada Buddhist temples scattered in every part of the … Continue reading A Real Inconvenient Truth; The U.S. Secret War in Laos

Michael Crichton’s “Travels”

It is hard for one to fully grasp the story telling capabilities and high level of intellect that the late Michael Crichton possessed. Most well known for his best selling novels Jurassic Park, Rising Sun and The Andromeda Strain, Crichton was also a Harvard trained medical doctor and amateur anthropologist. He brought all of these … Continue reading Michael Crichton’s “Travels”

Galway

Galway, Ireland: A Gem of The North Atlantic

The Claddagh (Near City Centre, where the River Corrib meets Galway Bay) Galway has long been considered the cultural capital of Ireland. Festive and artsy, with many unique and elaborately painted pubs, the city may be the best place in Ireland to enjoy good food, a few pints and a good craic. Located on the … Continue reading Galway, Ireland: A Gem of The North Atlantic

Climbing Ireland’s Highest Mountain, Carrauntoohil

Wintry summit of Carruantoohil Carruantoohil, located on the majestic Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, is the highest mountain in Ireland. Within the MacGillycuddy Reeks, a sandstone mountain range that was carved out by glaciers, the mountain makes for one of the most challenging outdoor adventures in both Britain and Ireland. The Reeks, are composed of … Continue reading Climbing Ireland’s Highest Mountain, Carrauntoohil

The Anomaly Of Fairfield, Iowa

  I can remember it like it was yesterday. June 6, 2013. The day I learned Transcendental meditation. I had been desiring to learn the esoteric technique ever since reading about the practice in a college credit, sociology course in High School. Brought to the West by Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a movement was … Continue reading The Anomaly Of Fairfield, Iowa

Expedition Mount Rainier; A Climb To The Top of The PNW

"Mountaineering is like hitting yourself in the head with a hammer. Over and over again"- Lou Whittaker. Over this summer, I took up an opportunity to work at a climbing store and rental shop just outside Mt. Rainier National Park. One of the perks of the job that inspired me to apply, was since the … Continue reading Expedition Mount Rainier; A Climb To The Top of The PNW

An Adventure in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White mountains is known for hosting 'the worlds worst weather,' and despite being in the 'lowly' Appalachian mountains, there isn't a sense of sarcasm or exaggeration in this label. I found out first hand how much this mountain truly packs a punch when I took a long weekend trip out … Continue reading An Adventure in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Divine Presence in Xishuangbanna

“People see him as a God.” The words hung in the air like the thick, muggy humidity that is typical of the densely forested landscape of southern Xishuangbanna. Sam and I stood there silently staring at a picture of one of the most famous men of the 20th century. It was late afternoon, and the … Continue reading Divine Presence in Xishuangbanna