Archive for April, 2008

Sabbatical resources

I’ve promised more coverage on the topic of sabbaticals (or career breaks), so to that end I’ve developed a page on this site devoted to the topic of life sabbaticals. An excerpt: Who is taking sabbaticals? Sure, college professors have always been able to take a sabbatical, but what about the rest of us? You’d […]

Riel World photo – Paris, France


Paris, France A crepe sizzles on the skillet at a French creperie near Montmartre.

Obama and the world

I’ve long believed that, if Barack Obama were to win this year’s presidential election, the most important outcome would be a sea change in America’s relations with and image in the rest of the world. I just came across two articles that look at how some foreign leaders see the prospect of an Obama presidency and, although […]

Inspired by Guatemala

So, what’s a reasonably successful, fiftysomething writer to do when her kids are grown and she finds herself falling in love with Guatemala? Well, buy a house and move there for part of the year. Why not? That’s the somewhat surprising turn that Joyce Maynard’s life took a few years ago, as described in this story. […]

Meshing Chinese and Western business cultures

There was an interesting column by Joe Nocera in the New York Times business section a few days ago. It started by looking at the relative lack of MBA-type skills among Chinese managers, but then diverted into an examination of Chinese and Western business cultures and the difficulties that companies have in meshing the two. An excerpt: […]

Off the tourist trail in Egypt

Gill Harvey went to Egypt to do research for a novel. While there, she enjoyed getting off the tourist trail and appreciating the sights and sounds of everyday life in Cairo and Luxor. She wrote about her experiences for the U.K. Independent. It’s five years since my last visit, but it only takes one ride in […]

A lot to see in Ecuador

Ecuador doesn’t get a lot of tourist attention, save for its renown as the jumping off point to the Galapagos Islands. But there is a lot to see in this small Andean nation, as K.C. Summers and his wife discovered during a recent trip there, which he wrote about for the Washington Post. We had it all […]

Contemplating sabbaticals

I’ve been seeing more press these days being devoted to the concept of taking a sabbatical from work. It’s an idea that particularly interests me, since my wife and I have taken two sabbaticals since getting married in 2001 – experiences that I chronicled in my book, Two Laps Around the World. So I thought I’d […]

Riel World photo – Ladakh, India


Ladakh, India Well, it isn’t Nepal, but it is the Himalayas. These are Buddhist prayer flags flapping in the breeze outside a gompa above the 12,000-foot-high city of Leh, in the Ladakh region of India.

The new world of work – cafes to coworking

The world of work has evolved considerably in the past decade, and perhaps nowhere is this change more evident than in the mobility of workers, who keep finding new ways to move beyond the traditional office environment. It began when high speed internet access and teleconferencing technology enabled more people to work from home, at least for part of […]

Riel World photo – Hoi An, Vietnam


Hoi An, Vietnam Produce for sale at a local street market in the charming town of Hoi An, in central Vietnam.

Travel thoughts from Laurie Gough

World Hum recently posted an interview with travel writer Laurie Gough. An excerpt: In hindsight, can you explain how you knew you were destined to be a wanderer? My Dad was a geographer and he was a lover of maps and any road leading to someplace new. Every summer we’d pack up our trailer and station […]

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