Dubrovnik

“Those who seek paradise on Earth should come see Dubrovnik”–George Bernard Shaw My shoulders are burning under my shirt after being seared by the sunshine reflecting off of the Adriatic Sea.  I’m sitting in London’s Stansted Airport waiting to board my flight to Barcelona and all I can think about is how wonderful my trip…

Recent Developments

“Each new development starts from something else.  It does not come out of a blue sky.  You make use of that which has already entered the mind…That is the real reason for accumulating knowledge.”–Robert P. Crawford Whereas my lost post was reflective and looking forward to the immediate future, this one is more a chronology…

The Wrap Up

“May you live every day of your life”–Jonathan Swift On friday evening I, along with my fellow classmates, was idling in a room overlooking Queen’s Gate Road in Kensington, drinking cheap wine, snacking on room temperature hors d’oeuvres and smiling politely as the head of alumni relations assertively requested that I fill out a contact…

Vacanza Romane

“Italy has changed.  But Rome is Rome.”–Robert De Niro “Paul!  How was Rome?” “Read my blog” That’s how I imagine the conversation is going to go when I return to London.  In fact I’d wager that that’s what the conversation will be like 5-10 years from now whenever someone asks me about Rome. “How was…

Learning to Appreciate

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things”–Henry Ward Beecher Can you force yourself to appreciate something? Or is it perhaps a verb that can only truly be set into motion after the fact? When I look at my calendar I become horrified to realize how little time…

Catching Up

“The pursuit of truth shall set you free–even if you never catch up with it”–Clarence Darrow It’s been roughly a month since I last updated this blog and for that I offer my apologies.  Who I’m apologizing to is anyone’s guess but it’s warranted nonetheless. Ok so let’s get started. There have actually been some…

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”–Mark Twain Exactly 30 days.  Exactly 6 countries.  Exactly 10 cities.  Unknown hours in transit.  Unmeasurable experience and perspective gained. Concluding my winter travels is a little surreal.  To think that in a couple of days I’ll plunge back into the real World of graduate school.  The World…

The Seat of Empires

“On the meeting point of two worlds, the ornament of Turkish homeland, the treasure of Turkish history, the city cherished by the Turkish nation, İstanbul, has its place in the hearts of all citizens.”–Mustafa Kemal Atatürk It took me a long time to figure out how to begin my post about Istanbul.  I needed to find…

The Europe We All Know

“In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the World”–President Barack Obama Munich and Paris.  Cities we all know and would like to visit. There isn’t too much that I can write about either of these cities that can’t be read elsewhere online.  I’m more or less drawing a blank here so…

In Praise of Australians

“I think Australians like a bit of vulgarity”–Julian Clary I need to take a pause from my travel updates and write a brief ‘love letter’ to the people of Australia.  For the purpose of this post I’m including New Zealanders with Australians because though I recognize there are differences, those differences are about as significant…

II Amsterdam

“My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them”–Terry Prachett Part 2 of my blog about Amsterdam will be a bit more upbeat than the previous. The…

I Amsterdam

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin”–John Green FULL DISCLOSURE: if you’re expecting this post to be an hourly log of my psychedelic experience in Amsterdam you’re in for a world of disappointment.  I’m going to write…