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Spain – Season 4: Beauty Beneath the Ashes

Posted on Aug 22, 2019 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Spain – Season 4: Beauty Beneath the Ashes

Valencia, Spain: March 10 – June 10, 2019 | Including trips to Murcia, Xàtiva, and Sevilla “…See the slow-receding faces dissolve to black, no traces.” – Natalie Merchant, “Giving Up Everything” Three minutes – the final 180 seconds of a 24-hour journey traversing distances that used to take world explorers several months to complete. Now it only takes a day, and in our case, little more than 16 hours spent in aluminum and carbon-fiber tubes flying six miles above the earth and traveling at speeds just under the sound barrier. Three minutes to culminate our third season circling the globe […]

Vietnam – A Letter of Love & Litany to Saigon

Posted on Jun 22, 2019 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Vietnam – A Letter of Love & Litany to Saigon

Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City (“Saigon”): February 5 – March 9, 2019 It’s been nearly 100 days since we said goodbye. At that time, I needed my space. I needed time to process the last 31 days of what had taken place. I only see you once a year but each time the experience is so jolting that I need to make my peace, learn my lessons, and find ways to love you again. I loved you before I ever met you. I became enraptured by your history, your resolve, your potential, and the words you speak. I studied […]

Noah – A Tapestry of Words

Noah – A Tapestry of Words

I can’t draw but I paint pictures. I mix words to create colors, weave threads, and give texture. Though I’ve had my struggles in life with the words I speak, it is with words that I weave fabrics of the pictures in my mind. Like the purest forms of art, writing is all about feel. It starts with an idea – a brief spark of electricity in the mind that starts to turn like a wheel. Sometimes that spark ignites and flutters out, other times it hits and builds. Most times, I find that I have to place it in […]

Malaysia – Six Hours & Fifteen Minutes with the Focus of Mr. Fogg

Posted on Feb 25, 2019 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Malaysia – Six Hours & Fifteen Minutes with the Focus of Mr. Fogg

Kuala Lumpur: February 22, 2019 I have one day – well, not really – I have a little over six hours to accomplish my mission. The lady sitting next to me in seat 10E aboard this Air Asia flight from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Kuala Lumpur says, “Flying to KL for one day for shopping – you’re funny.” She said “funny”, though I think she meant crazy. It’s not really even six hours, it’s more like two, but I’ll get to that shortly. Every moment during this day has been plotted in my mind over and over again […]

Thailand – The Precious Time of Life In-Between

Posted on Feb 23, 2019 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Thailand  – The Precious Time of Life In-Between

Chiang Mai, Thailand: August 5, 2018 – February 5, 2019  | Including trips to Bangkok and Chiang Dao It’s often said in hindsight that it’s about the journey and not the destination. The destination is but a moment in time, often filled with unmet expectations. Whereas the journey is where the memories are made, the stories are told, and the knowledge is gained. Yet, the destination is more than the culmination of a journey – it’s more than a single moment. It’s a period of time be seized, reflected upon, and appreciated for however long it takes to cherish and […]

Workouts Around the World: My Favorite Spots

Posted on Feb 3, 2019 in Photo Journals
Workouts Around the World: My Favorite Spots

UPDATED: November 1, 2019 For as long as I can remember, I have loved athletics. If you ask my dad, he’ll probably say it started between the ages of 3 and 5. Sometime around those ages I developed a love for watching football, not typical for toddlers. Apparently, I was able to sit still, watch and understand the complicated game, and even comment on the plays. I used to live for Monday Night Football and would often fall asleep on the living room floor as the games ended late on my elementary and junior high school nights. A Push-Up Passion […]

The Strategic Randomness of Routine Visa Runs – Singapore, Penang, and Hanoi

Posted on Feb 3, 2019 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
The Strategic Randomness of Routine Visa Runs – Singapore, Penang, and Hanoi

Singapore: Oct 3 – 7, 2018 | Penang: Nov 1 – 5, 2018 | Hanoi: Jan 2 – 7, 2019 I still remember the day we left, April 2, 2016. There’s a scene that will forever be stuck in my mind’s eye. It was just a few hours after I said goodbye to my pride and joy for the previous 8 years – the centerpiece of my life in California – my beloved BMW 325i. I couldn’t bear seeing it towed away on that chilly, foggy morning, but at least it was a donation going to a good cause. A […]

Shooting Free Throws From the Rooftops in Da Nang, Vietnam

Posted on Oct 2, 2018 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Shooting Free Throws From the Rooftops in Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang, Vietnam: July 5 – August 5, 2018 Sitting on a deck chair staring out over my apartment’s rooftop pool towards the vast and beautiful Vietnam Sea, I began to shoot free throws without a basketball or a hoop. The action is not literal, for if it was I’d probably cause significant damage to those on the ground. It’s figurative, fundamental, and it becomes a practice that only develops after a series of introspective, late night discussions, and mid-afternoons spent in a fog even on the clearest of days. Living this nomadic travel adventure creates constant change and each […]

Without the Eyes of Expectation – Taipei, Taiwan

Posted on Aug 21, 2018 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Without the Eyes of Expectation – Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan: June 28 – July 5, 2018 We weren’t supposed to be here. Well, at least not yet. We were supposed to be lying in our beds in our downtown Vancouver apartment, resting, after an exhausting 31 days spent hopping around two continents. We were supposed to be waking up the next morning ready to explore one of our favorite cities during its best season. Yet, we only stayed on the ground long enough to scarf down a Wendy’s hamburger and fries at the airport before boarding a flight in the dead of night. It’s been night all day. […]

Sometimes Home Becomes Wherever You Are – Europe & the USA

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Sometimes Home Becomes Wherever You Are – Europe & the USA

Europe: May 26 – June 8, 2018 | USA: June 8 – June 26, 2018 (including trips to Bologna, Munich, Berlin, Lisbon, Chicago, and California) It’s a little after 7:15 PM on Saturday, May 26. I’m trying to catch clear images of the green, yet cloudy countryside just outside Milan that is a constant blur before my eyes. I just departed Malpensa International Airport and I’m making my hectic way towards Milan’s Stazione Centrale. Sitting aboard the Malpensa Express Train, I’m a little anxious. Everything on this day has to go right for me to make it to my final […]

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