Hardly went anywhere as a child: back and forth during summers to Mom's family in Upper Michigan. As an art history student, I developed the urge to see the artworks 'in the flesh' and was finally able to satisfy the desire beginning with a 1972 Christmas break trip to Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Florence, and Rome. Followed that with a five-month sabbatical in Europe in 1975 and rode the trains over most of Western Europe and the ferry boats to Greece and Crete. Lots of other trips filled in the gaps in the 70's and 80's, but still mostly in Europe. My first experience with really foreign cultures came in 1990 during a trip to Bali, Lombok, and Java, followed by a round-the-world sabbatical in 1995. I find myself very comfortable in Buddhist countries and with sensory overload in Hindu countriesóboth feelings induce me to return to such places. One can't get very far for very long on a college professor's salary, so after retirement in 2000 I've managed to get to more far-flung places: Sikkim, Zanzibar, the Silk Road, Mauritius and Reunion, Antarctica and Arctic Svalbard; and the Amazon, Danube, Dnieper, Neva, Volga, Don, Yangtze, Li, Mekong, Hooghly, and Ganges rivers. I'm interested in vanishing folk arts and try to acquire moderately 'authentic' masks, carvings, and ceramics where they still exist. I take far too many photographs, some of which can be seen on my website; and I still bring back far too much 'stuff'. I'll never be at the top of the MTP list but it's great fun trying!
My Favorite Places:
Italy, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, any Buddhist country, my own bed