Weekly Update #16: Dear Norway

Dear Norway, “Happiness is only real when shared.” – John Krakauer, Into the Wild As we depart Norge, the great adventurer and mountaineer’s quote seems appropriate since your country is so special it must be shared to be understood, enjoyed and fully appreciated. The fjords are magic where the sea and mountains meet. Their beauty […]

Weekly Update #15: Dear Sweden

Dear Sweden, You are cool and modern with a Viking history that’s full of adventure. Honestly, we knew very little about you when we arrived. I have always been casually interested in Scandinavia, though now in reflection I’m not sure why. By reputation, Sweden just seemed hip. And you didn’t disappoint. It’s our kind of […]

Weekly Update #13: Dear Austria

Dear Austria, Have you ever had a friend who has done something extraordinary in the past and is still really cool today but will likely never do that extraordinary thing again? That’s you. I hope that doesn’t come off wrong. As German Bavaria extends into the Austrian Bavarian countryside, I marveled at the simple elegance […]

Weekly Update #12: Dear Germany

Dear Germany, As I’ve traveled your country – Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Munich and Passeau – I’ve been reminded of Mrs. Clanton’s ninth-grade history class and the prominently hung poster that has stuck with me all these years, “if you fail to learn history you are destined to repeat it.” Churchill’s words may have been improvised […]

Weekly Update #11: Dear Iceland

Dear Iceland, When I turn on my laptop an auto-generated, too-good-to-be-real picture pops up. That’s you. I didn’t realize you were real. A big part of our adventure is exploring; ourselves, others and the places we visit. We are trying our hardest to learn something new, change a particular perspective and maybe even find an […]

Weekly Update #10: Dear Greece

Dear Greece, I have yet to write a goodbye letter to a country, but for you, I will do just about anything. When we began our planning for this big adventure, YOU were the place I longed to see. YOU were the place I wanted to experience. YOU were the place I wanted to love. […]

Weekly Update #9: Shalom Israel

Shalom Israel, I’m still processing. You are a culture of contrasts; secular and religious, the Zionists and the Palestinians, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank, Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews, wealthy and poor, Christian and Muslim, heaven and hell, parable and psalm, scripture and legend, outside the wall and inside the wall, […]

Weekly Update #8: Dear Egypt

Dear Egypt, Your ancient culture is hard for me to comprehend. Since I was a little boy, I’ve dreamed about seeing you. It started when I heard about King Tut, the boy king who would rule for ten years (he died at 19) before likely being murdered by his regent and whose tomb would later […]
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