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Photos from Snæfellsnes Peninsula, June 2019

While I am unlikely to ever learn how to spell it, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula will remain one of my favorite parts of Iceland. It’s filled with some excellent scenery, lovely little towns, and all the lupine. All of it. There are some excellent camping areas all around the peninsula, making it an easy side trip from the Ring Road you don’t want to miss.

Chasing the Perfect Photo in Dubrovnik

I am certainly not a photographer, but tonight I was going to take an absolutely perfect photograph. As anyone who follows this blog or my Instagram feed can attest, I enjoy taking photographs when I travel, perhaps not so much to capture memories of the experiences but to potentially see them in a unique way and share them with people who might not otherwise have...

Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Split Edition

My initial reaction to Split was a bit cold. I drove into the city near the morning rush hour, found my way to an apartment that was not only entirely different from the one I thought I had booked online but was absolutely filthy, and I managed to time my arrival into the city’s famed palace at a moment that seemed to synchronize almost perfectly with a moment that...

About Monuments and History: Let’s Learn from the Confederate Memorial in Helena

One of the most interesting places I’ve traveled over the past few years was Memento Park in Budapest, an open-air museum filled with the detritus of Soviet rule over Eastern Bloc countries. There’s nothing the Soviets seemed to enjoy more than depositing gigantic statues of heroic communist workers, soldiers, and statesmen all over the countries they...

Get Your Ass to Warsaw

Four years ago, on a tour to see the interior of a dormant volcano in Iceland, I met a couple from Poland. After they expressed their admiration for Montana (I believe Legends of the Fall was their film touchstone), I mentioned that I wanted to visit Poland someday. The two men from Krakow told me that I absolutely should, but that there was no particular reason to...

A Bit More Personal Reflection Than Normal

The photo on the right was me six years ago. After years of failing to control my weight and pretending that I was going to do something about it, something clicked and I was able to shed weight rapidly and reasonably healthily. After a six-month diet (that extended to eighteen months) I lost a significant amount of weight, and more importantly, felt better than I...