Thank you Stanley Brand and REI for sponsoring my post and my adventures. On big routes, sprawling alpine walls, and tough climbs, food is meant for sustained energy and warmth. When I’m climbing for multiple days on end, I need to carry equipment that’s light, durable, and easy to clean. Alpine climbing is about constant movement, […]Read more "Alpine Eating"
Yesterday I celebrated my 27th birthday. It was the first day where I was able to walk around and properly explore my new city. Although I wasn’t able to get any hiking or climbing in just yet, I treated myself to learning to make Dim Sum, enjoying a cappuccino in my favorite cafe, and enjoying […]Read more "My Birthday Wish: How You Can Make It Happen"
I’m finally back, and I finally re-found the motivation to give this site the attention that it deserves. Admittedly the last few weeks have not yielded my most productive blogging time, and the transition from Miami to Seattle has had it’s rough patches. Things are starting to clear up and I don’t have any excuses […]Read more "Coming Together: Seattle So Far"
Spring break is a hallowed time for all college students where the possibilities for travel are limitless. In those ten days, away from books, exams, research and deadlines, many offer themselves to the idea of tropical destinations, adventure, or finding their own in a place rich in cultural and historical significance. However despite the destinations […]Read more "Spring Break Travel: Travel Farther, Spend Less!"
I’m going way too fast. My thoughts were racing as my snowboard careened down the crowded slope. Sure this was considered the green slope, but as a novice snowboarder, my control was based on luck, and stopping usually meant plowing into some unlucky skier. As I picked up speed, the snow, a fresh powder that […]Read more "On Thin Ice: A Snowboarding Weekend in Gatlinburg, Tennessee"
Washington DC is a city caught between tradition and modernity. Behind its center of government, its monuments inspired by an ancient Greek and Roman tradition, and its sprawling centers of science, learning, and culture, Washington is a city on the forefront of a bohemian and hip revolution. No matter what side of the political spectrum […]Read more "Wild In Washington: See and Eat the best of DC in a Weekend!"
I decided to borrow this interesting tidbit from the excellent Morning Fresh blog, run by my good friend and fellow Lazy Lizarder, Katie Boue. It’s a chance to look back at my travels from the very start: The exciting moments, the scary, and the downright bizarre. Welcome to my life.Read more "My A to Z Travels: Recollections of a Nomad"
See the world in green and blue See China right in front of you See the canyons broken by clouds See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out See the bedouin fires at night See the ore fields at first light And see the bird with the leaf in her mouth After the flood all […]Read more "New Year, New Travels: How To Maximize Your Adventures In 2012!"
The layover can be either the blessing or the scourge of the travel experience. It can be a long wait in a terminal airport seat, or it can be an extraordinary adventure where time forces a brief immersion into an unexpected cultural experience. In 2010, my voyage across the Pacific brought me to an incredible […]Read more "Ten Hours In Tokyo: How To Make the Best Out Of Your Layover"
My name is Michael. I am 25 years old and I have a passion for travel and for understanding the world. I am fascinated by culture, history, cuisine, and my journey’s are driven by curiosity, challenge, and the belief that I may better understand a place, or make an impact on someone’s life. I grew […]Read more "A Nomadic Life: Discovering My Passion for Exploration and Understanding"