Meandering Through Lijiang

I arrived in Lijiang with fatigue and an upset stomach. After spending the previous week, battling a horrendous stomach that probably came about from consuming unfiltered water, I was still a bit queezy and sleep deprived. The Outskirts of Lijiang I stepped off the crowded bus onto the streets of the prolific Yunnan city and … Continue reading Meandering Through Lijiang

The 8 Essentials For Adventuring Ireland and Visa Information

Killarney National Park- Kerry There are a few things that you will need to make the most of your adventures in the Emerald Isle and a few other things to consider packing if you want to go all out on your expedition. Some of these things are quite obvious and even the most novice of … Continue reading The 8 Essentials For Adventuring Ireland and Visa Information

The Explorer’s Guide to Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh is one of the top places to visit in the North Atlantic for the cultural traveller. Edinburgh is the Capital of Scotland, seat of the Scottish parliament and a city of residence for the British Monarch. Exploring history is one of the primary draws of Edinburgh but there are also a … Continue reading The Explorer’s Guide to Edinburgh

Stranger In The Village of The Spiritual

"What the hell is the point of this?" I said while hopping out of my car in a black paved parking lot of a rather skuzzy looking apartment complex. I was verbalizing a response to another rush of existential thoughts that had been for a few months now, flooding my mind. It was early November … Continue reading Stranger In The Village of The Spiritual

Padraig Pearse and The Fanatic’s Heart

“There are many things more horrible than bloodshed, and slavery is one of them”- Padraig Pearse http://hdl.handle.net/10599/386 (South Dublin Library collection) What would it take for a man to sacrifice his life for a cause that might not survive? To strike against an occupying power who has crushed all resistance time and time again? How … Continue reading Padraig Pearse and The Fanatic’s Heart

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

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

View of The Macgillycuddy Reeks and Lough Leane 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 … Continue reading County Kerry; Ireland’s Outdoor Paradise

Exploring The English Language; The Lingua Franca

In the early twenty-first century, it goes without saying that the English language holds the title of Lingua Franca on Planet Earth. It is the language of international diplomacy, business, science and broader culture. Lingua Franca, is a latin term that more or less means, global language. It first came into use during the era … Continue reading Exploring The English Language; The Lingua Franca