Winter's here and My love of Traveling

Well it has been a pretty busy and cold week here in the Northeast.  We got hit with another polar vortex which is just a new way of saying really cold Arctic weather.  Although I'm pretty sure that people that live in Iceland, Norway, Alaska, Maine, and other cold environs are like, "Why don't you grow a pair?" Today we got a dusting of a couple of inches of snow which wreaked havoc on the early morning commuters and parents attempting to drop their kids off at school (me included).  For some reason when I look outside and see the snow covered trees and ground I'm inspired to think about traveling.  Not necessarily to someplace warm and exotic but just traveling in general.  While sipping some oolong tea that just arrived today via Amazon I looked out the back window of my house and memories of my trip to Norway came to mind.  Of course snow and Norway are synonymous just like images of palm trees remind me of my trips to California and Florida.  As I stood there looking outside of my sons bedroom window I couldn't help but wonder where my next journey will take me.  Will it be someplace in the far east, or maybe closer to home like the Grand Canyon?  One thing that I know for sure is that I suffer from a specific travel phenomenon which makes me want to live in any country that I travel to.  For example the summer after my wife and I visited Ireland I found myself seriously thinking about moving there.  The same thing happened after my visits to Estonia and Norway.  Does anyone else experience this?  Since it doesn't really have a clinical name lets just call it post-travelivitis: the idea of taking up residence in a country that you were recently vacationing in.  I wonder where it comes from.  As a kid my family and I didn't do any international traveling.  We were pretty much domestic types. Taking trips to Florida, California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and of course all over New York.  When I got older I added solo trips to Arizona and Washington to the list.  It wasn't until I met my wife that I took my first trip out of the country if you could call it that.  We took a cruise from Florida to the Bahamas.  That was the first time I had to use my passport.  I think I was like 28 or 29 years old at the time.  Compared to my son who has been traveling out of the country since he was 2, I'm have much ground to cover.  Since our trip to the Bahamas I have been to Montreal (twice), Niagara Falls (Canadian side once), Vancouver and Victoria B.C., Estonia, Finland, Ireland, and Norway.  Reading that sentence over I'm the least bit impressed.  There are still so many place I want to visit.  To name a few: Scotland, Iceland, Sweden, France, Prague, Holland, Germany, Poland, China, Japan, Nepal, and Kazakhstan.  I could list a bunch more places but for now lets keep it real.  I actually may get an opportunity to visit Kazakhstan this summer.  My wife's family is from there and we have been thinking about visiting for some time.  That would truly be an adventure.  Well I guess I have said enough for now.  Oh, one more thing, I'm thinking about starting my own podcast.  I will keep everyone posted.....Also feel free to comment on any of my posts. It would be nice to get some feedback.

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Getting Discouraged in 2015

It's safe to say that 2014 was not a good year for many people across the globe.  Well that is unless you are part of the 1% of the population that pretty much rules the world.  They seem to have good years all the time even while the rest of us may be struggling.  The world seems to be experiencing times of endless conflict.  Whether it is war, poverty, disease, famine, natural disasters, violence, income inequality or other issues. The average person never seems to catch a break.  Okay maybe, just maybe I'm being a bit of a pessimist in my outlook towards the state of the world.  If we were to compare our lives now to those of our counterparts living 100 years ago there have definitely been vast improvements in our quality of life.  Yes, the average person is living a longer and healthier life and we have access to more stuff.  Stuff like big screen TVs , electronics, mobile phones, and more.  The things that really don't make our lives better.  They may seem like they improve the quality of our lives but really they don't.  If anything they allow us to temporarily forget about the insanity that is going on around us.  The tremendous amount of greed that we see from world bankers, oil companies, and many large corporations.  The profiteering off of global conflict and war.  The buying and selling of politicians in Washington and abroad.  It has come to a point where politicians blatantly ignore the needs of the people in favor of corporations and special interest groups. I mean come on how in the world can did the Supreme Court rule that corporations are people?  When you look at this decision and others you just want to pull your hair out and run screaming down the street.  BTW I wouldn't suggest doing this since you may be locked away with the loonies.  So for people like me and millions of others what are we supposed to do?  One option is to take the ostrich approach, bury your heads in the sand and ignore everything that is going on in the world.  Another option is to take action. Write letters, go to rallies and protest, boycott companies, and take your money out of big banks.  Or you can just unplug yourself from society and live off the grid in the mountains somewhere in Montana.  Another option is to get the hell out of dodge completely, as in move to another country.  Where would you go?  Is there anyplace out there on this planet that hasn't been corrupted by greed?  Or do the tentacles of the bankers and the corrupt reach out to every square inch of this planet?  I for one do not hold much optimism when it comes to a happy ending for the common person.

#commoners #capitalism #greed #wallstreet #bankers #worldbank #gmo #war #globalism #freedom #disease #poverty #incomeinequality #citizensunited #corruption #politics #offthegrid