7 Days in Iceland – Hiking the Laugavegur Trail

Day 1 We arrived in Reykjavík at around 6 AM Icelandic time and had to make our way to the trail head in Landmannalaugar to start our trek. The first order of business was to take a 45-minute bus ride from Keflavík to downtown Reykjavík. We took the bus to the central bus terminal, BSI, [...]

By | July 4th, 2017|Travel|0 Comments

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Nestled between a lush mountain range about an hour and a half north of Chiang Mai resides a 250-acre sanctuary for elephants and many of their smaller friends at the Elephant Nature Park. Several weeks before heading to Thailand we reserved a spot on a tour to the park. We were surprised to find the [...]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Programmer, Travel|0 Comments

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Monk Trail

We have been visiting Thailand for the last week. We spent a couple days in Bangkok and explored some temples around the area. We then hopped down to Phuket and took in some sunshine and lounged on the beach. Finally, we’ve arrived in Chiang Mai. It’s a historic and holy city speckled with temples connected [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Programmer, Travel|0 Comments

What I learned from the doctor about Thailand

As Sarah and I gear up for our upcoming trip to Thailand, I made a last-minute stop at the local travel clinic to ensure I was up to date on my vaccinations. Here some things that the doctor recommended when traveling to Thailand this time of year. Vaccinations If traveling primarily in only urban areas [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Programmer, Travel|0 Comments

Valuing ‘home,’ valuing ‘travel,’ and the role of privilege

I’ve been trying to decide how to react to valuations of “home,” “groundedness,” and “engagement” that I’ve come across in blogs and newspaper opinion columns recently. Reading these makes me feel I have to justify my lifestyle, but I don’t know if I can. I don’t travel with the express purpose of creating distance from [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Dissertator, Travel|0 Comments

Backpacking/hiking + Working

I know, I know, it’s healthy to go on vacation and leave work behind. But when you travel often, you have to redefine vacation. I first learned how to redefine work from my one-time bosses Paul and Amanda, the wonderful folks who manage King Hill Farm in Penobscot, Maine. Running a small organic family farm [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Dissertator, Travel|0 Comments

Virtues of the off-season

Maybe there are some places not worth visiting during their off-season (try carrying all the water you need for backpacking in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park after the sources have dried up in mid-summer**), but here I’d like to advocate for a few that I’ve found especially charming in their shoulder or off-season [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Dissertator, Travel|0 Comments

Working Seven Time Zones Away

For the last three months, I worked primarily in Switzerland for a United States-based team and company. My team members were in Madison, Wisconsin. I learned a lot about how to be productive, work effectively with a very remote team and use the tools available to ensure success. Being Productive Without others around me during [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Programmer, Travel|0 Comments