The Writer, The Pilot, The Traveler, The Winemaker, The Marketer.

Good Mourning

Posted on Sep 11, 2020 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Good Mourning

Da Nang, Vietnam:  May 1 – Sept 8, 2020 | Lock down II: July 28 – Sept 5, 2020 (including trips to Hue and Hoi An) Waves run aground in their never-ending dance with the sandy soil. To the naked eye (outside of changing tides), the shore generally appears absent of turmoil. Yet, it’s nothing but an illusion, as it’s always in constant change. From second to second, it’s never the same. The smattering of feet, the wind, the waves, and curious hands, all make their mark to alter the perceived balance of the innumerable pebbles of sand. Such is […]

Workouts Around the World: My Favorite Spots

Posted on Jun 29, 2020 in Photo Journals
Workouts Around the World: My Favorite Spots

Most Recent Addition: June 29, 2020 | Original Publication Date: February 3, 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 […]

The Whispers Before the World Screamed

Posted on May 14, 2020 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
The Whispers Before the World Screamed

North America: June 12, 2019 – July 28, 2019 | Montreal, Chicago, and California South East Asia: July 30, 2019 – May 1, 2020 | Taipei, Vietnam, and Thailand  Lisbon, Portugal – June 10, 2019: Two glasses of beer – one dark and one amber. The glasses are adorned with a gold-colored imprint that reads 1927 but the scene is 92 years later. In the background, a white sailboat slowly glides across the calm foot of the Tagus River, below clear blue skies and set before the silhouette of the dry foothills on the Setubal peninsula just south of Lisbon. […]

Europe 2019: Six Stops, a Second Grader, and a Selfie

Posted on Dec 27, 2019 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Europe 2019: Six Stops, a Second Grader, and a Selfie

Europe: May 9 – June 12, 2019 | Including trips to Italy, Croatia, Germany, Montenegro, Spain, and Portugal May 9, 2019 @ 11AM: It’s almost mid-May but yet it feels more like early March. It’s gray, chilly, and damp, very much unlike this same day six years ago. That day, I was wearing layers but it wasn’t due to the weather – well at least not the weather here. That day, we sat in this same spot, on these same steps, looking out towards the city of Rome. We had arrived to the Eternal City 10 hours earlier, yet our […]

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 […]

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 […]

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