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’

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

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, A Gem of The North Atlantic

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 to enjoy good food, a few pints and a good craic. Located on the west coast of the island, and serving as the half way mark on The … Continue reading Galway, A Gem of The North Atlantic

Reality check-ed in Yunnan

“Not one of my brighter moments.” I kept saying to myself as I roamed the grounds of a Theravada Buddhist temple in downtown Jinghong city. My boiling frustration had turned into embarrassment as any attempt I made to converse with a temple goer or the numerous orange clad robed monks was met with rejection. The … Continue reading Reality check-ed in Yunnan