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Thoughts from Day Two of Toronto Pursuits 2014

Thoughts from Day Two of Toronto Pursuits 2014

Another wonderful day at Toronto Pursuits! Tonight we had a great dinner (after an amazing Indian lunch). We spent some time looking at all of the places you can go with Classical Pursuits and heard from travelers and tour leaders about the unique experiences offered by these one-of-a-kind trips. Previous attendees […]

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ANN’S MUSINGS — Why Diversity Matters to Me

“Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.” ― Carlos Fuentes A personal note about why, for Toronto Pursuits 2014, I chose to depart from our annual mashup of literature, art, music and film from around the world, but, to be honest, mostly from the […]

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GUEST POST — Gary Schoepfel thanks Ashish for the gift of India

GUEST POST — Gary Schoepfel thanks Ashish for the gift of India

Ashish, you have given us a great and wonder-filled gift: India You have given us India’s sights: • Palaces and mountains, • Lakes and mighty forts, • Tombs and gardens, elephants, Persian wells, and Punjabi suits, • Temples and mustard fields, • Tools to read the heavens and camels, • […]

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TRAVEL PURSUITS – Camino Reflection + AV Memory (by Mssrs. Schoepfel + Marquis)

TRAVEL PURSUITS – Camino Reflection + AV Memory (by Mssrs. Schoepfel + Marquis)

This past fall I took my soul for a stroll. When I set out from León, Spain, with Santiago on my mind, I had no notion of just how much that undefinable part of me wanted to walk. Apparently, it had been whispering to me for some time. Apparently, I […]

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TRAVEL PURSUITS – Gary Schoepfel Talks Turkey

TRAVEL PURSUITS – Gary Schoepfel Talks Turkey

So many things meet at the Bosphorus: continents, East and West, mosque and basilica, silk hijab and leather skirt, ancient ruins and post-modern skyscrapers, tribal sensitivities and nationalistic pride, complex history and a hope-filled future, 100 different tongues… May I tell you who I met up with on my recent […]

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GUEST BLOG – Jimmye Hillman’s poem, penned late one night during our American Civil War trip

GUEST BLOG – Jimmye Hillman’s poem, penned late one night during our American Civil War trip

You sorta hadta be there to get all the references, but y’all can see what a fine poet Jimmye Hillman is (no matter what his daughter says). I TAKE RICHMOND* Not as a British frigate’s cargo: freedom’s heirs Stuck at James River’s falls in royal pause, Not as some conquering […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Early reflections on Vietnam and Cambodia, pt. 1 of 2

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Early reflections on Vietnam and Cambodia, pt. 1 of 2

Our last days in Cambodia were packed with magnificent and mysterious Angkor temples and local culture. Heat and humidity sapped my remaining energy, so I am now composing a final post from the comfort of home. Click on thumbnail images to enlarge. CAVEAT: Please understand that a trip of several […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Cambodia and a loss of words

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Cambodia and a loss of words

Tra is not his real name, but it is what we call our Cambodian guide for the sake of simplicity. If you are unaware of the name Pol Pot and the unspeakable atrocities he committed in the name of the Khmer Rouge between 1975-78, you may want to Google it. […]

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GUEST BLOG – Gary Schoepfel from the Mekong

When I travel I sometimes forget my ears. I venture out with camera in hand and eyes wide open.  I search for the perfect photo op: that traffic stopping almond-eyed girl, the perfect sunset or moon rise, the Buddhist monk wrapped in mysterious yellow-orange, the twilight mountain silhouette, or that […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – River Kids in Cambodia

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – River Kids in Cambodia

Do not feel sorry for these kids. These pictures cannot fully convey their exuberance, their lithe gracefulness, their  playfulness, their ease with and kindness to one another, their inventiveness, and their quick responsiveness to gentle commands from parents or teachers, their squeals of laughter, play and surprisingly good efforts at […]

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