Archives for April, 2011

People have been naming their kids after islands and countries for almost as long as we’ve been naming islands and countries after people. America was named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, Bolivia after Simon Bolivar, and so on and so on. That place names and people names cross over one another is no great surprise.…

Inaccessible

“I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote.” Such is the wanderlust of Ishmael self-described in the first few pages of Moby Dick. I decided to reread Herman Melville’s classic as I crossed the southern Atlantic Ocean, passing through the same old whaling waters of long ago. In my opinion, the book is…

Holy Grail

For many years I had cherished an ambition to visit Tristan da Cunha but no opportunity presented itself. There were times when I almost despaired, yet I never abandoned hope of reaching the islands. I could have written that. I mean, that’s exactly how I felt about traveling to Tristan: Near despair mixed with everlasting…

Landing on earth’s remotest inhabited island stands out as a travel highlight. Spending just one day there was pure torture. But such is life and travel–we dream, we go, we arrive, we leave, we remember. Each and every one of us travels differently. We search for the experience that’s best for us. Some of us…