Living in Japan can feel like inhabiting a safe bubble, detached from the political strife and conflict that seems so pervasive in many parts of the world. Of course, other countries are not so bad and Japan isn’t perfect either. But what makes Japan so unique is its ability to fuse new cutting-edge technology with […]
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Victor Hugo once wrote of the Rhine that “the whole history of Europe lies in this river.” For centuries this waterway proved a profitable trade passage between the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland. Today it’s still a major artery for the river economy, with some 100,000 ships a year traveling up and down in […]
There are times in life when opportunities might be scarce to you. And if that’s the case, know that it’s not always about having multiple doors to choose from. Sometimes it might just be one. You’ll never know how that one simple door will impact your life unless you take the risks to open it. […]
When something new is built in our cities it has the power to affect the quality of our lives. Much like a bad environment in a restaurant can ruin the meal, buildings, parks and even street layouts can impact our emotions and how we behave. Thoughtful placement of trees and flowers can soothe or surprise […]
Basque shipping expeditions have been forging ties with other nations for more than a millennium, but this modern region now attracts foreigners to its homegrown achievements. In Bilbao a century of industry-based wealth is being poured into the arts and sciences creating a newfound identity as a creative capital. If it wasn’t for Frank Gehry’s […]
Rabaul is one of the rare places on earth that time left untouched. Most of the island remains undeveloped and many of the islands inhabitants still practice traditional village living and customs. As one of the 600 islands that make up the pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, Rabaul offers unspoiled landscape, pristine white […]
Located deep in the heart of the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea lies the city of Tari, the capital of Hela providence. I had come here as a volunteer with Medicine Sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders). For the next few months, I would not only get a chance to practice medicine but to do so […]
Imagine being offered the chance to start all over again. To go back to the beginning of our life and do it one more time, knowing what you know now. Would you take it? I think the majority of people would. At the very least we would go back to make a few minor adjustments: […]
You can get lost in the north of Spain’s beauty and sprawling lush green vastness that you forget, if only for an evening, that the region is home to one of the world’s holiest relics. Deep in the Picos de Europe lies the 6th century Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana, home to the largest […]
The previous 4 weeks spent on the Camino had taught me that confessions come as freely as observations about the weather. Once the formality of people picking out my accent is ‘American’, rather than ‘British’, they proceeded to tell me their reasons for walking the Camino: they had survived cancer, they suffered from severe depression, […]
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Hi, I’m Derek. I’m a writer, photographer, and ultra-marathon runner who acquired a love of travel though humanitarian work in unusual places.