May 11, 2015 |
My wife and I had many adventures while in New Zealand on our recent honeymoon. We rode rafts down rivers and flew in a helicopter that landed on a glacier. We took buses, bikes, and ferries; we even took a train across the country. But my biggest thrill of the entire trip - besides being with my bride, of course - was stationary, free, and did not involve a human. It involved a sheep. His name was Tom. Tom was one of three sheep kept on the grounds of a bed and breakfast where we stayed on the North Island.
May 5, 2015 |
On 2012's Lonesome Dreams and 2015's Strange Trails , traveling storyteller Ben Schneider - the Lord of the indie band Lord Huron - makes victory laps around Lake Wobegon with detours through the surf of Laguna Beach, the silt of the Colorado River, and the dust of the Oklahoma panhandle. There is an ambience of location - real and psychedelically imagined - and the nuanced detail of mystical experience to all that Huron does, with just a hint of hip-shimmying Elvis Presley in Schneider's vocal delivery.
May 4, 2015 |
LAYTON, Utah - There are days when Aaron Fisher believes he has finally put the past behind him. Days when his chief concerns are the new friends he met at a party or a truck axle he snapped during an off-roading trip in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Days when he hardly gives a thought to the aging man he helped put in a prison cell hundreds of miles away. But those days tend to be fleeting. Even now, Fisher is still growing up in Jerry Sandusky's shadow. Seven years ago, Fisher, then a scared 15-year-old, publicly accused the former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach of sexual abuse, launching an investigation that would shake the state and its flagship college to its core.
May 4, 2015 |
"Want to go to Iceland?" I asked my husband and 14-year-old daughter. She immediately said yes, but my husband looked at me quizzically and asked, "Why Iceland?" I responded, "Why not?" I had gotten a brochure from my alma mater, detailing an "Iceland Weekend Getaway" scheduled during my daughter's spring break in March. She had never been to Europe; this would be a good opportunity to get her feet wet. But I wasn't sure how being vegetarians would go over in Iceland, which is known for unusual food options such as rotten shark and puffin.
May 1, 2015 |
In fall of her junior year, Travonya Kenly learned from her roommate of a marine biology program at Duke University that offered a full scholarship and gave special consideration to minority students. "Sure, I'll apply for that," responded Kenly, a student at Cheyney University, the historically black school in Chester County. She got in - one of two students in the country to be so honored - and traveled as far as Singapore to study. That wasn't the first time abroad for the student from Allentown.
April 27, 2015 |
'You came to Holi to play . . . so you must play. " A bewigged Vrindavan youth pointed a spray gun at my chest, but spared me when I protested, "Chai - you can't squirt me if I'm holding a chai. " No one, he well understood, should be interrupted while enjoying India's spiced version of tea. For a moment, I was free from a fluorescent blue liquid that soaks through clothes and stains the skin. He was correct, though. I was here to play. I had visited Vrindavan, two hours south of Delhi, to celebrate Holi, India's spring festival of colors, typically held in March.
April 20, 2015 |
As a teacher of history and a child of the Cold War period, I was always fascinated with the events that led to the U.S. embargo against Cuba. The island nation, the Caribbean's largest, was the "forbidden fruit" of travel, which only heightened my desire to visit it. When I learned about the people-to-people tours that allowed travellers to go to Cuba to see what the Cuban government wanted them to see, I quickly made a reservation. After a briefing on what to expect, what not to expect (toilet seats in most places)
April 20, 2015 |
Marcus Molina is a real-life version of that mythical beast known as the millennial homebuyer. Just after college, the 25-year-old Philadelphia native bought his first house in North Philly for $65,000. For a look at how he swung it financially, Molina gave us an account of why he bought, how he saved, and how he afforded a mortgage along with student loans. Buying a home was "something I wanted to do for a long time. It's something my mother instilled in me. We never rented, we always owned our homes," he said.
April 13, 2015 |
The rocky cliff platform looked perilous from below, and even more perilous when I stood on it. My wife, Christina, my two teenage kids from a previous marriage, and I had arrived by cruise ship in Bermuda that morning - a happy occurrence as 48 hours earlier, we'd been expecting a trip north from New York to St. John, Newfoundland. Hurricane Arthur, however, had other plans, creeping up the East Coast early last July. Carnival Cruises made the eleventh-hour decision to take us southeast instead, ahead of the storm, to the pink sands of Bermuda.
April 5, 2015 |
When our daughter, a physical-therapy student, was offered a 10-week clinical experience in Fairbanks, Alaska, my husband and I encouraged her to go for it. "We'll come and visit!" we said. Upon hearing that her assignment was from February through April, though, we had second thoughts. Would we freeze? Would there be enough daylight to enjoy the trip? My husband and I decided to go for it, too. On Jan. 28, the three of us flew to Alaska to spend two days in Anchorage, then drove 360 miles north to Fairbanks.