Category: Travel

9 Facts About New York You Must Know Before You Go There

By Kit So I had the pleasure recently to go on a holiday trip to New York. And this is what I discovered. Everything about New York is complex. To fully appreciate the magnificent place, you must know a bit about New York. Here are the top nine little-known facts about New York which I [...]

A Letter From War

We had just finished driving 12 to 13 hours from our little home town of Marion through vast city scapes in Canada to an even more vast wilderness. Restless and weary …but also anticipating something we had never seen before. That is…. my brother and I ….had never seen before. Maine…. beautiful. It was a [...]

Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha. Ancient Japan. Its tradition. Its spirit. Its lifestyle. Its people. Have you ever wondered what they were like? This eloquent book acts like a bridge to Japan’s storied past, told through the eyes of a little fishing village girl raised to be one of the most memorable geishas in Japan’s recent [...]

A First Passage

By Dave Bello Day One — Our trip starts as we meet in St Thomas. For many, this is a return visit to Island Retreat and we recollect on our last class, the places we visited and things we learned. For others, this is the first voyage with Fair Wind and its time to get [...]

Welcome to Mars

Welcome to Mars, my friend. We may be saying that sooner than you think. The European Space Agency just announced its intention to start looking for people willing to go to Mars, at least on a hypothetical trip, since they won’t ever be blasting off from their “spaceship” in Russia. Instead they will spend 520 [...]

A Bag of Noodles

It has been some time since I have traveled abroad. But I haven’t lost the hunger or the desire to continue meeting people that are nothing like me. That’s how I found myself accepting a package of instant noodles in front of forty-five applauding Koreans for showing up to their golf tournament. I pulled up [...]

A Noble Thing

I have never been in battle myself, and yet sometimes, when I am feeling lucky and brave and strong, and probably foolishly, I wish I had. I wish I could have proven myself, saved lives, beaten back a foe who needed beating back, been called a hero when I got home. It’s strange to say [...]

Owning A Bar On A Tropical Island – Is It Really A Dream

By James Spellman In a good year, in excess of four million people visit Phuket in Thailand. A lot of those visitors will love it. Some will love it so much that they want to live here. Every year thousands of people come to Phuket hoping to set up a new life on a tropical [...]

A Life of Adventure

I have always gravitated toward adventurous people, lured by a desire, the same way I always watch planes taking off with a bit of envy. Perhaps it is being able to live an adventure by being close to it. When I was young, Indiana Jones was one of my favorite movies and I watched Star [...]

The Death of the American Melting Pot

By James C Nelson On October 12, 1915 President Theodore Roosevelt spoke these words, “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism… We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is [...]