When you own or rent property, that monthly mortgage bill can put a huge damper on extra money that could be re-purposed for travel. It seems a little ridiculous to pay for an empty apartment while you take that great American road trip you’ve always dreamed of. For that reason alone, travel and conventional living don’t really mesh well for some people. That’s why I started brainstorming and researching to come up with some liberating living alternatives.
The Palm Desert creeps up near 110°F mid year, and everyone in their right mind migrates North to escape the unrelenting summer sun. Even the shop owners leave town, knowing that the high rollers only come in the winter. The heat hits you like a tidal wave, and going outside is like trekking through a thick, dry fog. Needless to say, this isn’t the most popular summer vacation destination around.
Here comes episode two of Poems From Places, barreling down the tracks like a rickety old mill-town train. In this video, I cover Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town" and then hack it down with a good, sharp axe by detailing its complex history and conducting a simple analysis. If you'd like to learn more about "Dirty Old Town," you can find plenty of backstory in this video!
Attention all lovers of literature! Andrew and I are working on a new poetry-based project, and we are really excited to share it with you! This video series is called Poems from Places, and in each episode we will travel to a new picturesque destination to discuss and analyze an applicable poem or song.
Around this time last year, Andrew and I nervously hit “publish” on our new amateur travel blog, The Busy Rats. We came into our own as travelers this year, and felt that the best way to commemorate our blog's first anniversary would be to share the most important things we learned along the way, whether it be life lessons, travel tips, or our weird, sentimental enlightenments! (I’m a sucker for those)
In a world where an influx of streaming services that allow you to watch anything you want whenever and wherever, completely commercial-free have taken over the delight of saturday morning programming. One theatre in Los Angeles is fighting back to restore the Saturday Morning Cartoon to it’s former glory and ultimately put some life back into the craft of filmmaking as a whole.
I was able to meet musician, author and my hero, John Darnielle at a local book signing. Sure, we idealize the people we look up to, and it can be easy to see someone as the person you imagine them to be instead of the person they really are. For myself, however, that was a risk I was willing to take.
In the midst of this eternal hustle I often forget to take a step back and make time for myself. Subsequently, it becomes increasingly difficult to create good content, focus all of my energy in one place, or organize my thoughts. While having a seven-track mind has it’s benefits—one of which being the ability to eat, type, and watch Parks and Rec re-runs simultaneously—it also leaves me with an empty feeling of unproductiveness and dissatisfaction.
Just last weekend, Andrew and I celebrated our 3rd year anniversary with a weekend trip up to this quaint Danish town. I may just be overly excitable, but I truly fell in love with it’s heritage, ambiance, and most importantly, it’s glorious pastries. So much so that I wanted to share every detail of our trip, hoping that the next set of travelers can be as lucky as we were.
Humans have a strange fascination with the concept of being “last.” We document our last words, fear our last moments, and care for items, animals, or sentiments that are the last of their kind. It seems so melancholy and so sobering to think… this is the last time we will ever see each other; the last time we’ll visit this street, this town, or this Country.
To those born before the age of Google Maps, it’s easy to say, “in my day I was able to get from Prague to Madrid and I didn’t need any darn technology!” But many of us have gotten used to the luxury, and those new to traveling out of the country may not be prepared to leave behind their cell reception. So what can you do to work around finding your way around the world without the marvels of modern GPS?