Monthly Archives: March 2012

Photo Essay – Hawaii’s Island of Lanai

Posted by on March 15, 2012

The island of Lana’i is one of the smallest and least visited of Hawaii’s islands. With only 3,000 permanent residents, it has a very small-town feel and avoids the crowds and tourist trap aspects of places like Waikiki Beach. (Locals call it the Mayberry of the Pacific) It also has some of the most interesting history and scenery of any of the Hawaiian islands. I visited Lanai in March of 2011 as a guest of the Lana’i Visitors Bureau.


The Oldest Democratic Body in Europe: The Valencia Water Court

Posted by on March 14, 2012

The Valencia Water Court in session

The Valencia Water Court in session

If you should happen to be in Valencia, Spain…in the Plaza de la Virgen….on Thursday…at noon, you will have a chance to glimpse the oldest democratic body in the world in operation: the Tribunal de las Aguas (The Water Court).

Dating back over 1,000 years to the time of the Moorish conquest, the water court was originally set up by farmers to the south of the city to resolve water disputes between them. They delegated certain men to hear disputes between farmers and this tradition continued after Valencia was returned to Christian control.


My 5 Year Travelversary – Exploring the Globe For Half A Decade

Posted by on March 13, 2012

Year 1 - Solomon Islands

Year 1 - Solomon Islands

On March 13, 2007 I sat in a room at a real estate office in Minnesota and signed over the deed to my house. I handed the family that purchased my house the keys, they handed me a check and from that moment I was living out of a bag.

That is the day I’ve marked at the beginning of my travels.

I have a hard time believing it has been five years. It is half a decade. It is over 10% of my life.

When I started my journey, I told everyone that I would be gone for a year or so, but in reality I thought I might be gone for two.

I never, ever imagined that I would be doing this for five. Never.


Traveling With Technology Part 1: International Electricity

Posted by on March 11, 2012

This is part 1 of what will be a multi-part series on traveling with technology. As a blogger, technology entrepreneur and an extreme world traveler, I probably have as good an idea as anyone on what you need to know if you are going to travel with electronic gadgets. I’ll be posting a new update to the series each Saturday until it is over. I expect this series to run about 3 months given all the subjects I have outlined.

Electrical systems are easily the most confusing and least standardized thing travelers have to deal with. Back in the early 20th Century, there were a hodge-podge of electrical systems as different regions developed their grids independently of each other.

Today we are stuck with a bunch of standards that will confuse most travelers.

There are two primary ways in which electrical systems differ in different countries: voltage and electrical outlets (aka plugs, sockets or power points).