Being “over the hill and far away”

Welcome to my new travel blog, Over the Hill & Far Away. In a perfect world, I’d have had all the preparations completed before putting this site up. But this isn’t a perfect world, and I’m not a perfect man. So this will be a work in progress for a while, as I get comfortable with the nuances of Word Press and my attempt to post numerous times per week.

(Feel free to pleasure yourself with the thought of a group of Moroccans passing by my hotel patio in Marakkech startled by the sight of a frustrated American cursing at his lap top as he tries to edit a photo in Word Press.)

I just returned from a quick trip to Nicaragua, and will be posting a couple articles and a photo or two as soon as I take care of some other personal business. On December 30, I depart for three months in Morocco, Portugal and Spain, and will be posting most evenings. I sincerely hope you enjoy what I have to relate.

I’ve found in the past that when I write about what I’ve experienced, I understand those experiences better than if I hadn’t taken the time to put them in print. 

I plan to, as travel author Rolf Potts put it, be a traveler and not a tourist. In his classic book, Vagabonding, Potts quotes a fellow traveler he met in Thailand, who distinguished between the two thusly: “Tourists leave home to escape the world, while travelers leave home to experience the world.”

My intent is to experience the world, which will often require movement, but which will also at times involve just sitting for a while and watching as a once distant part of the world passes by right before me. 

I hope you enjoy what I find to share. 

Outside the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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