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Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Wildflowers decorate Mullaghmore peninsula in County Sligo, Ireland

The stunning scenery along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is so forcefully etched on my memory that I can close my eyes and see it still. Unshorn sheep, fat like giant cotton...

With my back arched and my neck stretched below the parapet, I did the deed!

I lay on my back and reached behind me for the iron rails attached to the parapet at Blarney Castle. Slowly, I squirmed backward over a gaping hole in the floor....

View over Reykjavik, capital city of Iceland

The winters are long, cold, and dark in Iceland. As such, I had expected Icelanders to be a somber lot, patiently awaiting their few brief weeks of summer each year. I...

Thingviller National Parkin Iceland sits atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that splits Iceland in two. The Eurasian tectonic plate to the east is slowly moving away from the American plate on the west, creating this rift valley that grows every year by at least two centimeters.

I stood under a hot shower until I finally stopped shivering from battling Iceland’s frigid winds all day. Normally, I would have felt guilty about wasting so much water, but during...

Thermal pools at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The pilot announced the weather as we landed in Reykjavik, Iceland: grey, rainy, and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. I grimaced briefly, then zipped my sweatshirt jacket up to my chin and headed...

Peristyle, the main square inside Diocletian's Palace

Four months. Fourteen countries. Fifty different destinations. By the time I reached Sarajevo I was exhausted. I’d accomplished my goal of visiting all seven of the ex-Yugoslavian countries plus Albania, but...