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Canary Islands Update and Monday’s Links for Curious People


Update from the Canary Islands

View from my window on La Gomera

It was an extremely busy week for me again with little or no time to write or edit photos. I’ve been moving from one place to the other with only two nights in a row being in the same hotel. I’ve seen a lot of amazing things and visited my 150th UNESCO World Heritage site.

While I have technically remained within the boundaries of Spain, the difference between the mountains of the Pyrenees and the beaches of the Canaries couldn’t be more drastic. It isn’t just the difference between mountains and beaches, it is the difference between Europe and Africa.

I’ve visited 4 of the major islands in the chain so far: Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Gomera. Today I’m taking a ferry to the island of La Palma, which I’ve heard from many people here is the most beautiful of the Canary Islands. It also happens to be home to one of the largest collection of astronomical telescopes in the world, which I am excited to visit.

This 3 month European adventure I’ve been on is winding down. On the 24th I’ll be heading back to the US where I plan on staying for a few months while I catch up on the backlog of writing and photo editing I’ve accumulated in Europe.

My plan is to find a furnished apartment somewhere to work for a few weeks at a time and then move to another apartment somewhere else. If anyone has any leads on a place to stay in the US, let me know.

I will also be in New York from the 24-28th of July. If you are in town and would like to meet up, feel free to contact me.

Also, I am now on Google+. If you have a Google+ account and would like to connect over there, feel free to add me to one of your circles.

What I have been reading

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War looks at the trip taken by Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice, future President William Howard Taft and other American officials to East Asia in 1905. It uses the cruise as a device to talk about the broader subject of American foreign policy in Asia as the start of the 20th Century in the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Hawaii and China, how it eventually helped lead to WWII. Suffice it to say James Bradley isn’t a fan of Roosevelt and it really shows. Nonetheless, it is a great overview of a little known part of US and history and why the American’s pursued the policy they did.

Technically, I finished reading this book several months ago, but I think it deserves a mention. TRAVEL WRITING 2.0: Earning Money from your Travels in the New Media Landscape by Tim Leffel is mandatory reading if you are thinking of trying to become a travel writer or travel blogger. He tells it like it is and pulls no punches about how difficult it can be to make a living in this industry. This book is where I’m referring everyone who wants to start a travel blog. It is a great starting point for what the industry is all about.

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  1. APOMT says:

    Wow Gary,

    It sounds like you have had a wonderful adventure. I am envious of the freedom you have to travel and then be able to share it with others. Hope you have a blast in your future endeavors.

    C.S. Montgomery

  2. Tony says:

    It sounds like you trip went great! I can’t wait for you to get back, to do more writing and photo work… Call me selfish, but I love reading your stuff, and seeing you great photography!

  3. Bob Crunch says:

    Well it sounds like you will finally get a chance to relax (sort of anyway). Can’t wait for the updates.

  4. Mike says:

    Would love to hit the canaries one day! Making my way around S. America at the moment though. Maybe next year. Scenery looks great!

  5. Christina says:

    I am too busy recently too.But I will try to find some time to spend in a place like that.

  6. Sierra says:

    Thanks for the tip-off on Travel Writing 2.0! Sounds like something I need to have on my bookshelf.

  7. Sailor says:

    Just added you to my Google+. Glad to see that you are doing lots of traveling.

  8. Liz says:

    Your picture looks beautiful! I have never been there. Just stumbled upon your site. You must have such an interesting life, traveling to so many places.

  9. Google plus sucks. I still love the simplicity of Facebook.

  10. Mack Reynolds says:

    Wow sounds like you’re extremely busy. but it also sounds like you’re having a great time. the phrase “labor of love” comes to mind. enjoy the rest of your stay in the canary islands. and have fun catching up on the backlog of writing and editing. while it can grow tiresome, i’m sure you’re going to have a good time remembering all the moments as you write them down.

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