Andrew's Travel Blog

It's forty kay kilometers around the circumference of the earth.

Category: Personal

Drawing and Painting 101

I want to be able to draw and paint better than at my current 10-year-old level.  Alas, I have decided to do something about this during this trip to Italy.  I spend some time in the Marche region near the small hillside town of Camerino learning just that.  There are four students including myself trying […]

A Little Tumble

After leaving Fitchburg, MA in the morning, lunch today is atop a small mountain.  Some of us turned Bike & Build into Hike & Build to make it to the summit of one of the inclines.  That said, once we arrived, the lunch spot was beautifully nestled into the side of a lake and shaded […]

Week 1 – Bike & Build

6/15 – 6/18: Portland, ME Mileage: n/a (arrived by airplane) Host: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 678 Washington Ave After a couple days on our own, the trip leaders are joined by the 24 other riders whom we will help safely reach the other side of the country. We play name games, give presentations on what […]

Joe Brandi

Joe Brandi is Speyside.  As the proprietor of Craigellachie’s famous Fiddichside Inn for the last fifty years and having lived in the region his entire life, Joe embodies everything great about this part of the world.  His bar sits in a room no bigger than 200 square feet with a warming fireplace and a constant […]

Band of Bikers

I took a bit of a likin’ to a two-wheeled, four-seated bicycle surrounded by four spandex-wearin’ men and their posse of supporters.  As per usual, the rain was falling, the clouds were looming, and the roads were narrow, but that didn’t stop these brave gentlemen on their mission to make a difference.  The four were […]

Spotted in Ireland

Throughout this trip, Nick has diligently “checked us in” via the application Foursquare, thus making it easy to retrace our steps and see where we’ve eaten, drank, lodged, as well as what sites we’ve seen. The asterisks that can be found at the end of locations indicate my favorite places, and the more asterisks the […]

Support me in bicycling for affordable housing

After finishing grad school and before I go back to work, I’m looking to do something adventurous, something that is in my wheelhouse but still forces me to stretch, and something that will let me reminisce about the impact I had, the friends I made, and the places I visited. In short, I have decided to […]

Cycling to Laguna Cejar

I hear that our first full in San Pedro is going to be a rest day, and although I’m fully on board with the idea, I feel that if I go on a nice morning bicycle ride, I will feel great about resting afterwards.  The owner of our lodge tells me of a ride to […]

Onwards to Zim

What are the chances that I run into my old roommate Punit at Gate A23 in Jo-burg Airport, South Africa?  Relatively high considering we planned to do so.  His flight from JFK is a bit delayed making the meet-up slightly more stressful as he appears just ten minutes before the gate closes. The next couple […]

Flying into Cape Town

Stefan says to me, “On the count of three, we will start running.  And don’t forget to not sit down.” “Right,” I reply. “I guess I’m ready.” I ineffectively try to wipe the sweat from my face on this scorcher of day. I think of all the not-so-reassuring words that fellow flyer and classmate Matt […]