Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Teaser

    Graham Greene spoke truth when he said, "There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and let's the future in."
     That moment occurred when I read Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. My imagination was ignited and a desire for travel was launched. 
     Stevenson was an ambassador of travel and early I took to heart what he wrote; "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travels sake. The great affair is to move." 
     My life of journalism and documentary production allowed a decent bit of "moving," globe trotting and cultural immersion. 
   I was asked once to write a piece about the adjustment one must manage when returning from extensive travel. A meager truth I surfaced was this; the re-entry to normal also helps enshrine the intoxicating, psychoactive, or mind stretching affect of travel.
    As you have read we have been away for a while, celebrating a milestone in our marriage, connecting with ancestral roots. Ever the journalist and curious explorer we return with a couple thousand images and even more memories. 
    I want to share with you what we saw, did and felt.
   We were on country roads, navigating large cities, at historic sites, immersed in the local culture, in Scotland and Ireland. There was much to see and learn.

     There is history that makes ours seem youthful. Complexity, intellect, and human endeavor that is profound.

   Abundant beauty, nature and culture.

Always near is history that shaped humankind.

  We are fascinated by mysteries of ancient cultures, older than the great Pyramids, cosmic riddles.

Profound beauty, picturesque charm. 

Music and culture.

  Exploration and discovery. 

Food and other feasts of the senses. 

   Grandeur and majesty.  

   Politics, struggle, and the DNA of fighting for independence. 

  Whimsy, expression and stunning beauty.
  Intellect and impact. 

    And there are the people. Our exploration of Scottish history, genealogy, and nature was organized and moderated by research and experts.
    And so it was in Ireland, though our guides were friends, people we have hosted in California.
     We benefited wonderfully from the expertise of Irish friends who kindly shared the magic of their Republic. An endless gratitude to Kay and Willie,
 and to Kay and Jack. 

  So stay tuned. In the days to come there will be scenes, experiences, history, and the pastiche of travel and culture.
   I hope you will enjoy what you read and see, in a vicarious travel adventure.
   I'm tempted to say come along for a foreign adventure but I'm reminded of Stevenson's summation; "There are no foreign lands, it is the traveler only who is foreign."
   We have been the foreigner and now we seek to interpret and report.
   These are strange days on both sides of the Atlantic, a cultural metamorphosis is in the offing. 
    It is my humble suggestion we have reached these vexing times because we have become to tethered to small worlds, of small screens and small words and small ideas, and led by small people. 
    Greene said it well when he wrote in Burnt Out Case, "The more base a life is, the more we fear change."
     We have much to share. I hope you enjoy the ride that is to come. Let's move. 

     See you down the trail. 


  1. Superb, Tom. Thank you and looking forward to your reports. We'll share a cup of kindness in December.

  2. So beautiful. Thanks for this Tom. So nice to get the out of Fishers for a while.

  3. Great Travelogue! You have captured the beauty and the spirit of the two countries.

  4. Such a thoughtful synthesis of your travels, Tom. Look forward to reading your thoughts in more detail.

  5. I love that last Greene quote! We have traveled, and we have traced our Scandinavian roots in Norway and Sweden. We have seen the ancient stones in England and the ruins in Greece. We have met all kinds of people. Travel is broadening and certainly does extend the "base".

  6. Your timing is always perfect--- uplifting adventures are always welcome--looking forward to future pictures and words.