Extreme Hill Walking

Extreme Hill Walking

Last weekend, Mike’s friend Dave flew over from Wales and the three of us drove to the Mountains of Mourne, located about 45 minutes southeast of us.  Ireland has proven to be relatively flat compared to my native New England, with low, wide hills at most.  Mike has also referred to his “hill walking club” […]

My Unintentional Irish Home

My Unintentional Irish Home

I have found myself in many extremes in the last seven months, but this one is, perhaps, the most unexpected. It started back in January when I made a decision that completely changed the course I had been on.  I was originally planning on heading to Australia from Bali and keeping myself busy (with a […]

The Face-off

The Face-off

It’s never a good sign when the local men are screaming. I had pulled over to let them pass me on their caravan of motorbikes and this is their reaction to something only ten feet ahead of me.  It’s nighttime.  I’m alone in the mountains of Bali surrounded by jungle.  What could possibly illicit these […]

The Law of Detachment

The Law of Detachment

“‘The sixth spiritual law of success is the Law of Detachment, which reveals a great paradox of life.” I read aloud sitting up in bed.  “In order to acquire something in this world, you have to relinquish your attachment to it.  This doesn’t mean you give up the intention to fulfill your desire — you […]

The Other Room

The Other Room

There is a pool of sweat under me and I can’t feel my arms or legs.  I hear the vibrations of the traditional music around me and the occasional voices of people around me calling out, chanting, or breathing heavily.  My breath is speeding up and I have to remind myself, “You’re in control.  Slow down.”  And I […]

Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure

A whole lot can change in six months.  I am proof of that. It was not long ago that I was living in a one-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working at one company for five years, and spending all my free time with a very large family and tight-knit friend group. Now I am in Northern […]

The Memorable Ones

The Memorable Ones

You meet some real characters when you travel.  And given the breadth of locations I’ve spent time in over the last 5+ months, I have met some quite fascinating people.  Let me tell you about some of the most memorable ones. I met the daughter of the artist who wrote “Champs-Élysées” (da da da da da). […]

From the Vault (Part 3)

From the Vault (Part 3)

Photographs from the past five months of travel. And one of me with my favorite necklace.

Month 4 Round-Up

Month 4 Round-Up

Month four of my round-the-world trip was my first full month in Asia.  It was immediately apparent in entering Thailand, that my previous three months spent in Europe were all preparation for this entirely different set of challenges. Whenever I’ve known a solo traveler who went to very exotic places (pretty much anywhere outside of […]

For My Future Granddaughters

For My Future Granddaughters

I just discovered a document on my computer that I had written last summer and, in reading it, I was thrown back to those nervous months in anticipation of my travels.  What I found is a bucket list of things I hope to achieve in my life and, scanning down this list, the items are completely arbitrary. […]