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When we are unable
to find tranquility
within ourselves,
it is useless
to seek it elsewhere.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld,
1613 - 1680, French author

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Life's journeys are not destinations but rather processes, acts and thoughts within and through experiences.

I have circumnavigated the world once,
and journeyed to all of the continents except "the cold one." I began my travels with the United States' Peace Corps in 1968. I was a small city boy who had not traveled before.

In my younger days, my philosophy about travel was that I tried to study the language of an area/country before visiting, and that I visit more than "several days" in one location to get a sense of place, to know the people, that they may also get to know me.

Travel is a reciprocating experience: Selected selfies and list with years

2017: Liege, Belgium; Luxembourg; Strasburg, France.

2016: Cambodia: Angkor Region of Archeological Temples

Temples of the Angkor Region

2016: Việt Nam Capstone Vietnam Speaking and Book Signing Tour

2015: Europe: the 3-week, 3-country tour
celebrating my 70 years. Timeline and selfies link to Facebook, timeline 2015. Began in Paris, train to Lyons, train to Geneva and Montreaux, train to Milan where I met my sister and where we attended Design Week! Fabulous. milan, la scala, design week

2014: Lake Itasca State Park, at the head of the Mississippi River
Selfies at my Itasca retreat at the Old Timers Cabin (1932) on a two mile nature walk, and at the Lodge for "perch chips" and a beer.itasca state park

2014 Boston, Selfies at the Boston Museum of Fine Art
Boston Institute of Fine Arts

2012 Europe: the 8 week, 6-country research tour
First stop Paris. Timeline and selfies also on Facebook, timeline 2012.

2012 Europe: the 8 week, 6-country research tour
Second stop: My ancestral hamlet Pořežánky in the Czech Republic, its chapel, friend Rosa in a cherry tree and Čzesky Krumlov.

2012 Europe: the 8 week, 6-country research tour
Second stop: Prague and the 150 anniversary of Sokol gymnastic/cultural society.150 anniversay of Sokol and the famous clock

Europe 2009: Paris, etc.
I visited my friend Andre in Paris. After a day in the Louvre, we walked about the streets of Paris including le Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Montmartre, and had lunch aside Notre Dame.Paris 2009: Louvre, Montmartre, Notre Dame

Europe 2009: then Rennes et Mont San Michel Mont San Michel, France

San Francisco, California 2009
Google I/O Developer Conference, San Francisco, California May 27-28
While waiting for the Asian Art Museum to open, I toured City Hall, as well as waited with a crowd for the ruling by the California Supreme Court on Proposition 8 that invalidated future same sex marriages in California but validated 18,000 past marriages!
2009 San Francisco

Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2008 for my niece Holly's wedding
with friends Bill and TimMexico Playa 08
Chichen Itza & Cenote, with cousin Deb and her daughter Coley

2007 South Africa
14th International Learning Conference at the University of the Witwatersrand

2007 Grahamstown
South Africa National Arts Festival

The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. It runs for 11 days in the small university (Rhodes) city of Grahamstown, which is situated in the Eastern Cape. The Festival comprises a Main and a Fringe program, and the program comprises drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, visual art exhibitions, film, student theatre, street theatre, lectures, craft fair, workshops, and a children’s arts festival.

2006: Nottingham, England
the Higher Education Academy Conference 2006, University of Nottingham. Nottingham
(Pub building--1185?--rests against Castle Rock upon which Nottingham Castle is built, Robin Hood, and dog just sleeping)

2006: Birmingham, England--St. Martin in the Bull Ring

2006: Dublin, Ireland
Here I am in Dublin (!) with Loretta and Oscar Wilde in a park. Dublin and Oscar Wilde and Loretta

2005: Argentina March 3 - 23, 2005
The occasion of my visit to Buenos Aires and Argentina was a study program Design Intensive/DHA 5196 between the School of Design, University of Minnesota and the School of Architecture, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
I also toured the Capital Federal, San Telmo, Recoleta, the fruit market of Tigre, the city center, tango bars & events, Puerto Madero, and stayed at my friend's house in Belgrano. I traveled by subte (subway), taxi, and as a passenger in my friend's car!
 Buenos Aires

2005 Iguazu Falls, Misiones Jesuíticas, Colonia March 3 - 23, 2005
I flew to Iguazu to wander the town and tremendous falls (better than Niagra!) and toured the Misiones Jesuíticas a world heritage site. Then I took the Buquebus across the Río de la Plata/River Plate, a rather strange name for what is translated in Spanish as the River of Silver In Uruguay.
Iguazu, Missiones Jesuitos

2005: Montevideo & Colonia, Uruguay
I toured Montevideo that got its name from Hill/Monte + Number Six/VI + deo (deo = from east to west, a sailing direction) and dropped down to Colonia, another world heritage site.
Uruguay Montevideo and Colonia

2003: Italy: Rome, Tuscany, L'Aquila
L'Aquila and the SSGRR Conference

Rome, Tuscan, L'Aquila

2001 Pipestone Minnesota
An excursion into Southwest Minnesota and Native American territory.
A composite of historic Pipestone buildings featuring Sioux quartzite quarried in the areapipestone minnesota 2001

1999: Beijing, China, November 16 - 30, 1999
Eleven montages of photos visiting friends, a local park, temples, palaces, Tiananmen Square, the summer palace, the Peking Opera, Peking University, the University of International Business and Economics (my hosts), the Great Wall.

The series of seven montages of photos were taken with a digital camera on my trip to Beijing November 1999. I went both for my "summer" vacation as well as to pursue two projects. I furthered work on the Chinese translations of "Study Guides" and continued research on Gypsy/Roma immigration into China in the 12th Century, about the same time they emigrated out of northwestern India into Eastern Europe.

Park | Friends | Beijing Opera | Great Wall | Tiananmen | Temple 1 | Temple 2 | Temple 3 | Summer palace | Me in Beijing

October 24-30, 1999: Hawaii Collage of photos
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education's WebNet 99 -
World Conference on the WWW and Internet.

1999: Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Mexico
Just a "spring" break with an old high school friend.

1987/88: Circumnavigating the world
Hawaii, Figi, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, London

1987: Jamaica, Peru, Brazil

Summer 1978: England and Wales
A trip with an old high school friend and my first trip since returning from a stint in the Peace Corps in West Africa. We met in London, but then I proceeded to Cardiff and a walking tour through Wales witnessing a sheep auction in Welshpool.London 1978 & Wales

1968- 71: Peace Corps, Sub-Saharan Africa
As a 23 year-old informal conscientious objector to the war in Vietnam, I volunteered for service with the Peace Corps. It was said that the mortality rate was higher for volunteers, including Terry of my Togo team, than for soldiers in Vietnam.West AFrica 1968-71
I taught at a middle school in Soutouboua, TogoSoutouboua, Togo

1968- 71: Facebook series: Togo, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso (La Haute-Volta), Mali, Niger, Benin (Dahomey): Volunteer with le Corps de la Paix Américain/American Peace Corps .


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