Evening in Japan (Travel from Home #5)
I was looking forward to sushi for almost a month before I finally managed this travel from home trip to Japan. The evening felt like a wonderful treat! I was so excited, I ended up indulging a little bit by buying some extra food.
The Korea-Before-I-Die Tour
Field Aerial view of South Korea In late autumn, the land in Korea is neither green nor brown but a golden yellow. In America, the flaxen fields of wheat or corn may come to mind but in South Korea, it is golden and chartreuse fields of rice.
The "Small Town" in New York City.
I know what you're thinking. "A small town IN New York city??" But yeah, a small town inside the Big ol' city of New York. Or at least that’s what I like to call it.
A War With Fire
This article refers to the bushfires of 2019 and all that was lost. The images featured are of the aftermath of those fires.
A Country with the Eight highest mountain peaks, and its heart of the jungle.
I grew up in Nepal, a small mountainous country located in East Asia. You may or may not have heard about it, but I hope "Mount Everest" will certainly ring a bell. Nepal is home to monasteries, yaks, and eight of the world’s highest mountain peaks including Mount Everest. You can't imagine the faces I get when I tell people that although I am from Nepal, my hometown is not in the Himalayas."Chitwan", which in local language translates to the "heart of the jungle" is located in the Terai region of Nepal. I spent 18 years of my life in Chitwan because of which it certainly holds a special place in my heart. My words won't do any justice to the beauty of my hometown, but I will try my best......
To keep the cafard at bay living on the border line of two rural counties in North Carolina, we adopted a hobby that turned our discouragement for our small town into an appreciation of its hidden treasures. Within the forests of our town, we would spend our days exploring forgotten structures of the past. With drones above our heads and machetes on our hips, our goal was to document these abandoned beauties and create a television series around them. We called this endeavor, Anti-Destination.
A Mountain, A Girl And A City Frozen In Time
People are often shocked when I tell them I was born in a city close to the second tallest mountain in the world. Men and women have endlessly dared to reach the top, and scale the towering summit. It is not all glory though; it is called ''The Savage K2'' for a reason. Beneath tons of ice are bodies of previous expeditioners who gave their life for their dream of conquering one of the fiercest of nature's landscapes.
My Hometown Wrecked My Life
McCarthy, Alaska wrecked my life. I had a map and a compass heading, that felt sure and steady. I put roots down in a sweet mountain valley in Southern Oregon with lush, organic farms and down-to-earth people choosing to live close to the land. Folks here raise kids, food, herbs, and the vibration of this planet.
Travel Do's and Dont's
Walk a mile, or a thousand, in someone else's shoes. Travel Do's and Dont's from those who have been there, done that.
Wander smarter, and talk shop with those who've been down that road before.
The world is yours for the taking. Where will you backpack to next?
Frankie’s Plan Frankie was tired. Bone tired. She had pulled another double at the café yesterday, and her feet were still killing her. Today's shift promised to be busy. Frankie would have loved nothing more than to have two days in a row off of work. Like a normal weekend that normal people get every week! Wouldn’t that be awesome? She would never know. She couldn’t afford to have two days off every week! Certainly not weekend days. Those were the big tip days; there’s no way Frankie could miss weekend shifts and stick to the Plan.
21 Days of Quarantine in Hong Kong
My names Matthew Baker and I’m an artist living and working in Hong Kong. Or maybe to correct this I am now again living in Hong Kong but not in my home.
Samboy Mutoko Today is Friday. There are many Fridays since the advent of time. Thousands and thousands of Fridays have passed on without any sincere reminder to connect me back but his Friday; I remembered something, it is Samboy Mutoko.
Visiting NC State Parks
I have visited NC State Parks throughout my life but a recent visit to my local art museum motivated me to try to visit all 41 State Parks this year. The Art installation “Safe Places” by Robert Johnson located at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC . The artist visited various parks in NC and recorded in his field journal the complexities and unique characteristics of each park. He then turned his field sketch journal into larger pieces of artwork.
The Call of Fortune
Donna couldn’t believe it after nearly two decades; she was calling it quits. It was unfathomable to her family, friends, and devoted fans to think she had given up on her dream. How could anyone as prolific and awe-inspiring as she just walk away? Her best friend, Jonah, was livid when Donna broke the news to him. He refused to accept the fact that she’d divorced the one love she managed to sustain throughout her existence. Merely having this vision had saved her life. Donna couldn’t be serious about this at all! Donna’s community didn’t know to consider and possibly would never understand that she was answering to a different calling now. She didn’t fully comprehend her own decision, but she sensed that something deeper was now pulling at her heartstrings, a compulsion of sorts. Besides the call of a foreign desire, it became increasingly difficult to adequately express herself in a world of three-minute videos and 180 characters. Although she still possesses a keen knack for grabbing anyone’s eye in the eight to twenty seconds of attention most adults now allotted for interest in any single thing at a time.
It’s colder than frozen outside and I can’t get warm. Gelid in the old world. I have no money, no home, no nothing. Nothing but fistfuls of scavenged matches and cigarette butts lining the many pockets of my coat.
1933, somewhere in Peru.
The sun bent down and kissed the canopy of the great Amazonian rainforest. In its branches, snakes slithered, black spider monkeys leapt, sloths slowed and jaguars slept. Hungry harpy eagles circled in great arcs overhead, pink river dolphins splashed underneath and persistent everywhere was a humid heat. It clung to the branches, rose from the earth and descended from the sky.
A Night in Venice
My favorite vice shapes each day on paper, precisely the way it happened, according to the diary owner. I retrieve these moments like coins from the bottom of the pool, so they are tangible in my own handwriting, reborn into a priceless, irreplicable product. As my pen glides from the top of each page to its edges, my anxieties become trivial, dissolved into satisfaction. The bubbles tingle on my skin, as I sink into a hot bath. When I read earlier entries, unexpected solutions present themselves—I come across abandoned ideas, an unexpected recipe, or Saturday plans containing just the right amount of trouble. My phone buzzes; it’s my boyfriend. His name is August, although he is secretly born in September.
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