friends

Special night

Special night

Yes, this is an Arctic photo, but it’s taken from inside the floating community I sometimes travel with. This is the National Geographic Explorer on a special night. When the lights go down and the house band, The Spice Boys, take over. These are some of our most inclusive moments, when crew, staff, and guests…

Letters home

Letters home

Me…Russia, 2017. It’s the last Saturday of the year, and my house is very quiet, which makes it easier for the memories to come back. Here’s a section from my Russia diary for anyone feeling homesick, jarred by change, or unsure just what the hell to do next. It’s okay to be scared sometimes. Dear…

Grit behind the scenes

Grit behind the scenes

Office time can happen anywhere. And hey, at least here I can do some ironing. Mostly, I tell you about the action, sometimes the emotion, rarely the straight-up behind-the-scenes, office-style elbow grease to make it all happen. I’ve just spent an hour writing about that stuff, and it’s just too boring to share, so I’ll…

We’re going to Russia

We’re going to Russia

On the subject of friends and mentors, whom I’ve been thinking about all day, how does this photo represent what’s next for us? . This is my Russian teacher, Yuriy. Look at that smile! That’s right, we’re going to Russia! Tomorrow! Well, that’s the plan anyway. We’ll be in Russia’s Far East for six weeks,…

Cherish connections

Cherish connections

Saturday night at the pub. Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Note the mining theme for a mining town. One of those nights you might look back on later and realize it marked the beginning of a new friendship. Those first moments with a new buddy are easily forgotten until weeks later when the initial nervous exchanges are over…