In a recent “Humans of the World” profile, I interviewed a man who I believe is a candidate for “The Most Interesting Man in the World” – Trek Thunder Kelly. He shared some valuable lessons about human nature he learned on his round-the-world epic adventure a few years ago.… Read more
In many cultures, talking about money is often considered taboo. Personally, I hate money and wish we could live simply like the primitive people on the island of Yap where men wear little skirts and deals are made with gigantic stone discs instead of money.
But we live in … Read more
I was busy planning my trip to Croatia, a country I had no real connection to and didn’t know that much about. I thought it sounded slightly exotic and I hadn’t been there yet. Not a good reason, but it was all I had. After all, I worked for … Read more
“Aren’t you ever scared?” they ask me.
“Of what?” I reply. They can’t really answer that. They just have a vague sense that my lifestyle should be scary but no specific reasons why.
I recently spent a few weeks in my hometown of Zumbrota, Minnesota and was … Read more
Flashback – May, 1994
I’m sitting at a sidewalk café in Turin, Italy, stirring my cappuccino as I try to warm up and wake up, recovering from a 12-hour time change and a hellish start to my much-anticipated Cinque Terre adventure…well, really more of a misadventure. Such a disaster I … Read more
It’s Dragon Boat time in Taiwan, and in most Chinese-speaking countries- a holiday commemorating the life and death of the legendary Chinese scholar Qu Yuan. Races are raced, rice dumplings are eaten, wine is drunk, and everyone enjoys a 4-day weekend. It’s kind of the unofficial start of summer here … Read more
Before moving to Taiwan, I knew very little about the country except that it’s an island with some murky connection to China. I had a Skype interview with a Taiwanese school, jumped on a flight and arrived on this murky island totally clueless. In the past few years I’ve learned … Read more