The Travel Bug

For me, The Travel Bug goes by another name and that name is anxiety. When The Travel Bug (TTB) bites it leaves behind a virus which lays dormant until anytime between 6 weeks and 4 days before your trip. Often, if you’ve been bitten in the past, you will have built up some immunity to … More The Travel Bug

The Power of Place

It’s a different kind of tragedy when a great part of the collective human heritage is destroyed, but it’s a tragedy nonetheless. While watching Notre Dame de Paris be engulfed by skyscraper-high flames and billowing plumes of black smoke yesterday, my art historian friend Jenna remarked, “When the essence of personhood and how we measure … More The Power of Place

Bad Waffles at Belgian Iron Wafel Company

In Columbus, Ohio, there’s an area just north of Downtown called the Short North; once a neighborhood-friendly haven for the arts, it has become synonymous with trend-chasing mediocrity and drunk people named Chad. Among other more nuanced issues, the impossibility of finding parking makes the happiness meters of most who go there half-empty before they … More Bad Waffles at Belgian Iron Wafel Company

A Few Bewitching Days in Edinburgh

  Mist like a sea moves through the city: tall medieval spires pierce through the undulating grey cloud. Suspended by some unseen force, they float above the streets. In the whole world, there’s nothing quite like the medieval skyscrapers that rise along Princes Street Gardens, majestically welcoming visitors into Old Town. Upon entering Edinburgh’s Old … More A Few Bewitching Days in Edinburgh

A Morning in Balhama & Inchcailloch Nature Preserve

We stayed in Alexandria, Scotland at the southern most tip of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, a twenty minute drive northwest of Glasgow, for three nights. Balhama is a small town from which you can access the Loch and is a jumping-off point for many visitors into the wider park. (Read more about … More A Morning in Balhama & Inchcailloch Nature Preserve

Visiting Scotland’s First National Park

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park was founded in 2002 and it’s their first national park! In comparison, the United States just celebrated the centennial of her National Park Service, which was founded in 1916 and is famously, “America’s best idea.” It’s only a twenty minute drive north west of Glasgow to get to the … More Visiting Scotland’s First National Park