8 Ways Military Service Made Me a Better World Traveler

In less than a month my whole world is changing. I'll be leaving the teaching job that I love so much because the world is calling me, to travel. I've been focused on future travel plans, but my thoughts often return to the past, especially my service in the Army. As I prepare to begin … Continue reading 8 Ways Military Service Made Me a Better World Traveler

Golden Mold Cape

The British Museum was on my "bucket list" for a very long time. After I was finally able to check it off, I spent some time thinking back to my one favorite exhibit. Even though my visit lasted just a few hours, I was able to take in some pretty amazing treasures, the Mold Cape above … Continue reading Golden Mold Cape

Saying Goodbye to Shenandoah

As we work the last few weeks of our jobs, sell off our possessions and prepare for our travels, it's been difficult to practice the yogic principles of aparigrah (non-grasping) and santosha (contentment). We are at an important intersection in life. The road ahead is full of travel plans and change. The road behind us, which we still look … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Shenandoah

Emperor Valens from the Trier Mint

The Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany boasts a number of spectacular artifacts from the Roman Empire, but the medallion of the Emperor Valens particularly stands out. Valens was Emperor of the eastern half of the Roman Empire from 28 March 364 until his death at the battle of Adrianople (in Turkey near the border of Bulgaria … Continue reading Emperor Valens from the Trier Mint

Malta’s Neolithic Underground

Let me tell you all about Malt'a's secret neolithic underground. It's been a while be since my last update. The last few months have gone by in a flash. The new school year started in early August (I teach 9th grade world history as many of you know), I got married on the day after Thanksgiving (whoo-hoo), there was … Continue reading Malta’s Neolithic Underground

Why it’s Time to go Back to Greece

Every time I look at the photo above I long to visit Greece again. It's not just the awe-inspiring scenery, amazing food, or ancient history. It's the way of life. Slow, calm, relaxed, and beautiful. Yes, Greece is going through some tough economic times right now, but that shouldn't stop anyone from visiting. The U.S. Dollar goes … Continue reading Why it’s Time to go Back to Greece

10 History Blogs to Follow

Reposted from the Ancient History Encyclopedia Cuneiform Writing. Photographer Jan van der Crabben I've been spending most of my free time teaching 9th grade World History, but I'm thrilled too see Jaunting Jen included in the Ancient History Encyclopedia's list of 10 history blogs to follow. 10 History Blogs to Follow by Jade Koekoe There are hundreds … Continue reading 10 History Blogs to Follow

Saturday at Salubria

The name Salubria, comes from the Latin word for healthful, "salubrious." When you step in the mansion and feel the cool spring breeze blowing through the slightly offset north and south entrances, you can feel why the mansion earned its name. Have you ever wondered why old doorways are so small? I had always assumed … Continue reading Saturday at Salubria

Sperryville & Sister Caroline

The neatest bits of history can turn up just around the corner. Most of my musings have focused on grand historic sites around the world, but as I explore my new surroundings I can see that I don't need to travel 2,000 miles to see something cool. I haven't had much time to comment on … Continue reading Sperryville & Sister Caroline

7 Strange Artifacts from Malta

We know many things about history, but what we don't know outweighs what we think we know. Throughout my travels, I have come not only to embrace, but to seek out history's mysteries. If your eyes and your mind are open you can find mysteries whenever and wherever you travel. Malta is one of those places where … Continue reading 7 Strange Artifacts from Malta

Meet the Grey Sisters of Montreal

In 1737, Saint Marguerite d' Youville and three of her companions made a secret consecration to the task of helping anyone in need. Thus the Grey Sisters (sometimes called nuns) of Montreal were born. Their mission is one of love, respect, and compassion. Why you may ask, are they called the "Grey Sisters?" The first … Continue reading Meet the Grey Sisters of Montreal

Happy Summer Solstice

Although this photograph was taken in January, when I hear the words "summer solstice" it reminds me of Stonehenge. Although we are scientifically celebrating the tilt of the Earth's semi-axis, the summer solstice is so much more than that. From the Latin sol sistere (the sun stands still), the summer solstice has been celebrated for … Continue reading Happy Summer Solstice