Travel as a Political Act

“Travel rearranges cultural furniture and wallops ethno-centric self- assurance.” Rick Steves, Travel as a Political Act

It has been my privilege to have my cultural furniture rearranged several times since 1995. I’ve been immersed in different traditions and have in engaged conversations with a variety of extraordinary people: from England, Ireland, Portugal, France, the Netherlands and Belgium… to Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Japan, Korea, India and Ecuador.

My wife Kennon and I have recently returned from a trip along the Danube River that took us into the big cities of Bucharest and Budapest, and small river-side towns as we sailed through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungry. At each stop we had the privilege of hearing from local people with a particular focus on their lives during and just after Communist rule.

All of my excursions over the last 18 years have been illuminating and great fun, but two classics came in 2013: a journey to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with my granddaughter Hunter; and to the great cities of London, Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona with Kennon and our daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren in the summer. The eight of us also bicycled from the base of the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain to the Mediterranean coast.

The experiences were great fun and full of learning about ourselves, each other, and the people and places we visited. But pictures, as they say, are worth a thousand words, so check out our trips at my Shutterfly site: