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

A Winter Attempt On Ireland’s Highest Mountain: Carrauntoohil

Arriving in Kilarney in County Kerry was like a breath of fresh air after spending five days in Dublin. Not to be confused, Dublin is a fantastic city full of culture, but the hustle and bustle of the large capital city, combined with the increasing cosmopolitan vibes, provided for a welcome escape to the very … Continue reading A Winter Attempt On Ireland’s Highest Mountain: Carrauntoohil

Europa, An Alluring Destination

The ice covered Europa, one of the 79 known moons of Jupiter and the sixth largest moon in the Solar System, has captured the attention of scientists for decades. It is currently thought, that this unsuspecting world, may play host to some form of extraterrestrial life. Expedition Overview As our present knowledge suggests, imagining traveling … Continue reading Europa, An Alluring Destination

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

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

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