Essential Apps for Travel

iPhone home screen

On the road for a few months now, and I’m struggling to write, so here’s a simple list: my essential apps for travel. I’m traveling with an iPhone 5S, so these are for iOS. One nice thing is that in locations with slow or unreliable internet (basically all of Nepal and India, and randomly elsewhere), the apps can […]

Escaping Oslo


On March 23rd, I finally managed to escape Oslo. As much as I was excited about beginning this trip, it was harder than I expected. Since quitting in mid-February, I came to enjoy sleeping in… to noon, perhaps two. I liked getting dinners with friends (I didn’t like getting food poisoning, however). I liked partying on […]

Goodbye Microsoft, Hello World!

the end for now

Wednesday was my last day working at Microsoft. I left after a three month notice period (a bit long for this American!) but still being relatively engaged, and working on a few things I would have liked to see finish… especially as I now hear rumors about lessons I may have been able to learn. While I woke up […]

Travel Immunizations

needles and pills

Traveling to Asia comes with some health considerations for an American living in Norway. Over the Christmas holiday, I went to a U.S. company called Passport Health, as well as used the Norwegian and United Kingdom websites to check their recommendations. I found the Norwegian site to be an easy to use summary for regions, while […]

What About After?

the future next exit

When I tell people I am doing this crazy trip, many folks ask: “What about after, what will you do? Are you coming back to Norway?”. I don’t really know… I plan to travel for about a year, but that could turn into just a couple months, or longer, depending on how I like it and […]

Guide Books

guide books

I spent some time over the holiday break planning my Itinerary and researching early countries like Turkey, India, China, and many countries in Southeast Asia. I love my Kindle, but I’ve found over the years that I don’t really like electronic travel books – it’s too hard to flip to the section you want for a […]

A Plan Begins to Form

three passes nepal

Well, there goes the budget! Sort of… but I have the first solid piece of my itinerary! After being highly recommended by my colleague and friend Matt, another colleague and friend Alex and I have booked a three week trek in Nepal! Something called the “Three Passes” trekking through Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La. $1550 for […]