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  1. A Hermit’s Journey

    “I do not live alone, I live with myself.” At Photo Sociology, photography student Richard submits his coursework, writes, and shares photo essays. Here, he shares a very personal narrative about his mental health — and how photography is essential to his life.

    Exploration
  2. The Book of Life

    The Book of Life, an offshoot of The School of Life, is a resource about the most substantial things in your life: your relationships, your income, your career, and your anxieties. It’s meant to be read bit by bit, as it continues to evolve — a site to return to over time.

    Exploration
  3. Nature Boys from the ’Hood

    “Mountain Buddha” at The Buddha Blog profiles Pierre and Jon, two hikers from the city who have fallen in love with the mountains. The current adventure takes them through an isolated stretch of New England’s back country.

    Exploration
  4. Heretics, Plagues, and Forbidden Art

    At Two By Tour, Yvette Benhamou and J. Endress explore the sites and streets of Cuenca, Ecuador. In their latest adventure, they wander the El Museo de Cultura Prohibido, a museum of sacrilege with dubious “artifacts,” see graffiti and street art, and explore a Belgian brewery in the Andes Mountains.

    Art
  5. What Remains

    Lovely short musings by Robyn Haynes on our innermost selves and the things we leave behind: “For all we think we know of those who have passed, their possessions — personal information, social status, official records, even diaries — what they leave us is an imperfect record, it can never be the whole story.”

    Culture
  6. Scenes of Springtime and Sakura from Celia in Tokyo

    Teacher and expat blogger Celia chases the cherry blossoms this spring in Tokyo.

    Exploration
    All images courtesy of Celia in Tokyo
  7. Architecture
  8. What Does Sustainable, Fair Trade Coffee Mean?

    Shannon O’Donnell at A Little Adrift explores what “sustainably produced” really means: “I will spend more to ensure that the root communities behind our goods are treated with respect. Stemming from my physical journey to understand coffee came a new journey to match my actions to my belief in our shared humanity and the common good.”

    Culture
  9. The Undiscovered Territory

    “Books and articles have been written about reverse culture shock. The identity crisis. . . . I find this state of consciousness intriguing rather than distressing. The thrill of disorientation and shattered perceptions. Besides, I never fit in to begin with.” J.D. Riso returns home after 19 years of a nomadic life.

    Essay
  10. Tokyo’s Most Stunning Spots for Cherry Blossoms

    At Travel with Nano B., Nano shares a photographic tour of well-known places and her own favorite spots in and around Tokyo to see cherry blossoms and enjoy the hanami season.

    Exploration
  11. An Adventure with Toby the Wonderdog

    Toby and his human companion explore and climb the Roaches in England.

    Animals
  12. The Best Cross-Country Ski Trip Ever

    A fun-filled family cross-country ski adventure, inspired by Olympian Jesse Diggins: “I bet we’re the only kids in history to ski all the way across the lake and back!”

    Exploration
  13. Epilogue

    Ever wanted to travel North America? The blogger behind Streaming thru America just completed one year on the road, adventuring in an Airstream trailer, “blogging my way across America, searching for enriching and meaningful experiences with people and places, and anything that would make a good story.”

    Exploration
  14. Rediscover Fukushima

    Zoë, originally from Milton Keynes, UK, works for the Fukushima Prefecture Tourism and Local Products Association in Japan. On her blog, she documents her travels throughout Fukushima Prefecture as she learns about its history, culture, food, and people.

    Culture
  15. No distance left to run

    An essay on escape and self-discovery by Regina Belmonte: “There is no race to relevance here, nothing to live up to, and no ladders to climb — just a gentle shift from one day to another, and a train or two to catch to the next destination. Breathing room, and space to explore myself…”

    Essay