Scotland is rich with diverse histories. As a child, I knew I was Scots-Irish. As a teen, I felt different, somehow. As an adult, I learned I share a bloodline with ancient Picts of the Scottish Highlands. The Picts were self-educated in all forms of nature from weather patterns to rainfalls, from plant life to waterways. They could traverse the most complex marshes and survive to tell others how to do so. The culture survived the iron age and into Medieval Europe. The culture did not survive Christianity’s purge of Western Europe. Because Picts did not record their lives, all that is learned about the Pict culture comes from
How many of us remember our grandparents, our great-grandparents, or those further back in our family’s history? In my family, I would say that the available knowledge on my ancestors, their roots, their personalities, their likes and dislikes, the mark they made in the world, is very slim. I wish I could learn more about them and know what they were really like, but time has washed over things and taken away most of the details, leaving behind only a vague memory of their existence.
Many amateur artists look at their artwork with a feeling of disappointment and dread.. They torment themselves with regret because they are not yet masters creating masterpieces or they are just plain unsatisfied with their progress. Ashamed of their work. They prefer to lock it up in a closet - to hide it from the world or destroy it by fire. And I say hold on to it. Hold onto everything that you produce. You never know, if you continue on this path, those early “failures” might be worth something.
The other day I went out for a hike. Up towards a steep mountain edge. For some reason, I found myself in deep contemplation during the entire experience. Every step I took almost felt like I was walking through multiple layers of history. Maybe because I know that the trail I was on was traversed by countless peoples throughout the centuries. Going back past the Spanish conquest, with signs of indigenous markings all along the rocky path.
To honor those, and the memory of 9-11, I’ve written a poem. God Bless you: I especially remember the elevator … And all of those people. The multitudes The abundance of activities The businesses and Power of that place which reached every corner was sensed in the air
In April 2017 I got the chance to do something I had wanted to do ever since I was young. I remember discovering about the Australian and New Zealand soldiers that had sacrificed so much for others they never knew way back in high (secondary) school and have always wanted to visit the site where the famous ANZAC battle had taken place. April 2017 was the year I got to make this dream a reality after I booked a tour with G Adventures.
Peru, homeland of the Incas and stronghold of the Spanish Empire, has a complex history. Alex Trembath of Story Every Day discusses how visitors can explore it today, from the relics of imperialism in the south to the Amazonian influence in the north. Modern Peru is a country of rich diversity that attracts millions of visitors every year. Characterised by colourful towns and cities, contrasting jungle and desert landscapes, and lush countryside scattered with relics of its Incan past, few places are as intriguing or photogenic.
After studying the life of Genghis Khan for years I became perplexed trying to figure out a way to incorporate his lifestyle and ideals into our modern world, without going on a murderous rampage across the continents. It's true that Genghis used violence to advance his place in society and bring his nation to the forefront of the ancient world, but he was much more than just a barbaric emperor. There was a method to his ways and a reason that he was able to conquer/unite so many from such different cultural and religious backgrounds.
When I first started working with wood as a teenager, I felt like I was traveling back in time. I used to roam around the shop, carrying a board of lumber on my shoulder or analyze my set of carving chisels laid out before me, deciding which one to use. As I worked, I imagined the countless generations of craftsmen who found themselves immersed in the same labor, developing the art of furniture making throughout the ages. I had my face in the history books just as much as I had my hands on the workbench.
A few hours from Bogota the capital of Colombia in a high altitude desert-like terrain lies Villa de Leyva, in the department of Boyaca. A well preserved and very quaint town with a history going back to prehistoric times. Villa de Leyva offers a little bit of everything for all types of tourists. Its history began during the Jurassic Period, with evidence of many fossils and remains of sea life. The most notable finding is the 35-foot aquatic reptile known as the Kronosaurus, which was uncovered towards the outskirts of town in 1977.
Latin America is a vast and wildly diverse part of the world, comprised of more than 30 countries. Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Islands make up this spectacular land. With a history going back more than 14,000 years, it’s no wonder Latin America still captivates the imaginations of those who dare explore within its borders. From the tropical island paradises of the Caribbean, to the ancient Mayan ruins of Mexico and Guatemala, to the most biodiverse jungles on Earth of the Amazon Rain Forest...