The Adventure of Travel
I don't travel to have adventures.; travel IS the adventure. For me, travel immerses me in other people's experiences. Getting that perspective is critical for me as a storyteller, and also as a Digital Ecologist® – to understand what communities have in common.
I don't care much for tourist attractions or resort beaches. I usually aim for the city, the countryside, or the wilderness. The thing that draws me is daily life–not only of people but also of the land. I try to spend as little time in a hotel or AirBNB as possible.
Traveling (even nearby) but also abroad, and living abroad, lent me eclectic perspectives, habits and interests from an early age. You can't imbibe the rich diversity of other places and maintain a closed, parochial mentality. Conscientious travel changes you. I've welcomed it.
A Timeline of Recent Travel
Long Island (North Shore)
April 22 2017
Film: Their Finest
Connecticut (Greenwich / Stamford)
May 6 2017
Dinner at Noir
March 11-16 2017
Comedy festival during Interactive. Why? Concentration of best touring NYC comedians in one place at one time. Dinner at G’Raj Mahal. Bought something at Bykowski and South Congress Books.
Florence, Venice, Milan
Dec 21 2016
Christmas and New Year’s in Florence, with trips to Sienna, Venice, and Milan. Discussed it in Forbes in December and January. Lots of art, best food and olive oil in my life, and cobbled streets. Two pair of leather shoes from Ben Heart, 2 leather belts from the Scuola del Cuoio, leather briefcase and duffel.
Nov 9 2016
Inns in Salem (Peabody Essex Museum), Kennebunkport (dinner at White Barn), and Portland.
Sep 2 2016
Blueberry pie at Locally Grown Gardens, music and beer at The Jazz Kitchen
Denver & Boulder
June 18 2016
5-course dinner tribute to Thelonius Monk at Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club (which pairs each course with the music set), cigars at Churchills. Biked the city. Also Rioja.
LA, Santa Monica
April 15 2016
Lone Wolf Cigar Company
Jan 27 2016
Jan 3 2016
Kensington Market - leatherworker put a new 2-way zipper on my leather jacket. New suit and sport coat at Tom's Place. Smoked meat at Caplansky's after Nativity Fast. Dinners at Vertical and Lee Chen. Theatre Production: Kim's Convenience.
May 19 2016
June 6 2015
Feb 14 2015 (enjoying Winter Storm Neptune)
Aug 29 2014
DC & Baltimore
June 13 2015
Fitness-based hotel (the Even in Bethesda). Discovered Jittery Joe's coffee - love their Sumatra Wahana & Walking Dead roast. Congress, Library of Congress, Lincoln Memorial. Hats in the Belfry in Baltimore.
May 31 2015
June 2 2014
Berkshire International Film Festival
March 16, 2015
Instructional design and standup teaching for Content to Captivate at Interactive Festival, evenings at Comedy Festival and Film Festival (gold pass). Indian food every day at G’Raj Mahal.
Why go North in the Winter? Because other people don’t. Lots of French and Canadian food, maple syrup. Incredible quantities of cheese and wine after Nativity Fast. Montreal Comedy Nest. Soup dumplings in Chinatown. Schwartz’s smoked meat and The Main across the street. Annual LOTR marathon (extended versions).
Portland (OR) & Mount Hood
Attended wedding at Mount Hood. Goodwill Boutique for high end clothing. Hawthorne District in SE Portland. Buffalo Exchange, Pine State Biscuits, Powells - started reading The Regulators (Stephen King).
Lots of Ocean. Yarmouth, Barnstable, Harwich, Chatham, P-Town. Seafood. Night walks on the beach to greet the tide. Became a Mac user and joined the whole ecosystem.
Narrow, colonial streets. West Philly cafes, coffee shops, gentrification. Italian food in Gayborhood. Impromptu rafting trip down Delaware River from Barrytown NY (where the Catskills meet the Pocanos). Breakfast at Hotel Fauchere in Milford PA. Dodgy night driving in the mountains.
Los Angeles, Orange County
Dec 14 2011
Sep 4 2011
Apr 25 2011
Truck food. Ocean air. Business video and beach walk and talks. Cigars and Hawaiian Beer. Korean food in Garden Grove (incl: green mussels). Strand Beach. Laguna Beach. Good Mexican food. Stellar bookstore. UCB. Biking Manhattan Beach.
Team-taught workshop – Content that Captivates at Interactive Festival. Tons of seminars at Interactive. As many shows at comedy clubs (standup & improv) as I could get in for Comedy Festival.
Salsa dancing at bars and roadside stands. Tropical hiking in the mountains. Business seminar. Roadside sticky rice in a banana leaf from back of a truck. Night walks on beach.
Aug 29 2012
Dutch pancakes at Dam Square, Dutch cigars at Leidseplein, home-style Indian food at Rembrandtsplein, fresh mint tea (huge stalks) at Leidseplein. Pedestrian hazards. Overrun w. twids.
Street art walking tour in Kreuzberg (learned the characters, storyline, and signal communications). Twilight Underground Berlin Tour: enormous underground hydraulic animatronic monster machines at Monster Kabinet, hacker lair, urban exploring - flooded, abandoned mental hospital. Nazi architecture (Kafkaesque) - Luftwaffe Headquarters (now Ministry of Finance). Cigars at Durek in Alexanderplatz or Haupstbahnhoff. Witnessed ongoing eradication of the historic Wall for the Media Spree (tragic). Loved the Kostriker.
Aug 22 2012
Croissant. Coffee. Fresh produce. No love for Monmarte, Latin Quarter, Rue de Rivoli, and Champs Elysse. Enjoyed the French Italians at neighborhood bakery off the Opera. Neighborhood cafes (077 Restaurant and Le Bellerive in Crimee). L’Avenue, next to Dufour on the Avenue de Flandre in Crimee. The Louvre. Homeless who don't panhandle–profoundly unsettling. The place of execution, where the Guillotine used to be, was traumatic for me. See Fire in the Minds of Men and LeBon’s The Crowd. Discovered wool hiking socks for year round urban treks - Opera (outdoor store) was incredibly handy. French sit forever with one espresso ("One coffee and six cigarettes." they say).
Aug 15 2012
The Gaelic Games - I rooted for Galway (no offense to Cork). Stayed near Croke Park during the Irish hurling semifinals. Nectarines and cherries. Fled the Temple Bar, though loved my plume-covered Peterson cigars. Embraced the neighborhood pubs with joy and carousing but reverent silence when the song is in Gaelic. I had 11.5 pints (the last one bought for me) atThe Cobblestone pub in Smithfield, where King Street meets Queen Street. Learned a lot about Irish manners. Howthe was just OK. Enjoyed the first pint at Phil Ryan’s, and evening with the Galway men at Oval Bar just off O’Connell Street. Also the little candy shop on O’Connell, the cafes on Dorsett. Enjoyed hearing an Irishman say of American imperialism and manifest destiny, “you evangelist c*nts.” I don't like black pudding, or even white, but the Guinness truly is the best thing ever. And of course, the Jameson.
Fled the touristy Trafalgar, Hyde Park, and London Bridge. Enjoyed staying in diverse Islington around Caledonian Road at Offord Road. Breakfast at Two Brothers was unforgettable, and the fruit stands world class. Stables Market. Camden Town was a favorite place to eat in the food vendor markets: two dozen nationalities, including Portuguese egg custard. Camden Night Market was favorite evening hangout until about eleven when rampaging twids ruin it. Had Neverwhere in mind a lot. Adopting some idiolect is required (or you'll never get to Leicester or Smithwick). English breakfast every day for lunch (which I prefer to regard as 2nd Breakfast).
Aug 14 2011
Uncle Orson's Writing Class (with Orson Scott Card). Tandoor at 4612 Market was fantastic. Vegetable biryani, kher, masala chai. Workshop was stellar.
Oct 29 2010
Hole in the wall places with great menus and low prices. Independent film theatres (like the one in the Castro District). Friendly and open, except for hyper-aggressive panhandlers downtown. Stellar crepes with strawberries, berries and cream at Cozy Cable Car Cafe on Powell, downtown. Martha Brothers coffee was enviably good. El Balazo which had fantastic pico! Mission Pie and We Be Sushi. The BART beats the MUNI. Buffalo Exchange on Valencia in the Mission District is superb. Enjoyed Muddy’s Coffee House. Also a little coffee place with only outdoor seats on Mission Ave in the Mission District – Grand Coffee at 2663 Mission St.
Sep 20 2010
Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout at the Living Room Theater. Daily Stumptown coffee tasting in the Belmont district. Favorite coffee at Anna Bannanas on NW 21st street - serving Alderwood roasted Fabriano coffee (you can get anything made w. that roast or just drink it straight). Also loved Sharif’s Coffee right on the train platform at the Rose Quarter serving Longbottom - just like the Living Room. I had it every day. Paradox Cafe in the Belmont district – “paradox” because they’re a vegan restaurant that serves non-vegan food - chili and cornbread muffin highly recommended. Also enjoyed Two Brothers cafe in Belmont area for Chevapi (Bosnian food), and falafel sliders and mushroom crostini with local beer during Happy Hour at Melt. For street food: pulled pork sandwich with green and yellow tomatoes on fresh-baked bread at the Portland Farmers Market (Mondays 10am-2pm in Pioneer Square location). I want the Korean pulled pork sandwich from Namu’s cart in Hawthorne next time I’m in the PRP. Idiolect is a must here (It’s wil-LAM-ette, not WILL-a-mette and Couch (street) is uproariously pronounced “Cooch". Zinesters Guide recommended.
Apr 24 2010
Oct 26 2009
June 8 2009
Oct 19 2009
Apr 6 2009
Oct 17 2008
Hotel Burnham, Andersonville, Chicago Hyatt Regency, Pick Me Up Cafe, Hyatt McCormick, Breakfast at Yolk
Sep 2 2009
West End & Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Conducted Train the Trainer
Aug 29 2009
Hyatt Regency Dallas, Book Depository, Koreatown
Aug 10 2009
Hyatt Regency Aruba, Lizards, Snorkeling the Wrecks, Conducted Train the Trainer
June 7 2009
Hyatt Regency Crown Center
June 6 2009
Old Town, Hyatt Regency Wichita
Jan 3 2009
Snorkeling, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Conducted Train the Trainer
Oct 12 2008
Grand Hyatt Seattle, Chowder, Conducted Train the Trainer
Dec 10 2006
Jan 16 2006
June 5 2006
May 20 2005
Phoenix & Albuquerque
July 15 2004