Monthly Archives: September 2012

Photo Essay : Dresden, Germany

Posted by on September 6, 2012

In November 2011 I took a Eurail trip through Germany, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the central and eastern parts of the country. Perhaps the most fascinating city I visited on that trip was the city of Dresden. Dresden has been through a lot over the last half century. Fire bombed in WWII, subject decades of communism and massive floods on the Elbe in 2010 it was also one of the the few UNESCO World Heritage sites ever to be delisted by UNESCO (I have given my thoughts on the Dresden delisting which I think is one of the low points of the whole World Heritage program).

Dresden has handled its hardships well. Almost the entire city center was rebuilt after WWII and today it is one of the cultural centers of Germany. If you ever get the chance to visite Dresden, in addition to the city center also take the time to visit the palaces along the Elbe River. It is a testament to Dresden’s role in Central European history.


Literally The Only Three Things You Need To Travel Anywhere In The World

Posted by on September 4, 2012

One of the 3 things you need to travel

One of the 3 things you need to travel

The impetus for this post comes from a discussion I had with my assistant Amy over 10 years ago.

I commented to her that there were only 3 things that you really needed to travel. If you had those three things, then you really didn’t need anything else. Moreover, all three of those things could fit in your pocket.

A few days ago I was having a conversation with someone about packing light and I repeated those same three things. In 10 years, my opinion of the absolute minimum necessary to travel hasn’t really changed.

When you strip everything down to the barest of essentials, there are only 3 things you need to go anywhere in the world (other than the clothes on your back). Those three things will fit in your pocket and take you anywhere. They are: