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Every memento has a story

At just about every stop along way around the world at the Arctic Circle, people gave to me, as part of their welcome, local crafts and curios, things to wear, and other mementos to help take a piece of each place home.  It was only after a couple of years on the road that I came to the realization that this marvelous little collection of precious things was in itself a portrait of the people and the journey as much as my journals, photographs, audio or video recordings.  Each artifact is made of local material by local hands in the tradition of the people of that place.  And none more beautiful or meaningful that the Love Bracelet made by Albert Olanna in Shishmaref, Alaska. Read more

Dateline: Glasgow, Scotland, on a speaking tour with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Strathclyde University Business School residenceMan stays in fancy Strathclyde University Business School residence for final presentation in Airdrie, Scotland. Checks in late in the afternoon with bespoke host and shepherd, Dr. David Munro, Director Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Man’s given 42 minutes to relax in hotel room before driving to Airdrie to setup. Once in room, man notices bidet in bathroom. Man has never had room with bidet before. Man opens suitcase, irons and few clothes before curiosity gets better of him.

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