Where to begin??? Seriously, where to begin… Ship life is hard to put into words because it deviates so far from what most of us know and call a ‘normal’ life. A typical day does not include a 9-5 job followed by cocktail hour with coworkers and finished up with netflix, popcorn, and a glass of red wine. While sometimes I wish for the simplicity and regularity of that routine, a big reason I love working on the ships is precisely because it is so different from everyday, normal life.
I get a lot questions about my experience working on smalls ships - Specifically the National Geographic cruise ships - so I put together this FAQ to help answer some of those questions.
Since 2007, I have lived and worked on several small National Geographic cruise ships through Lindblad Expeditions. It has been an amazing experience and I’ve done and seen things that many people only dream about. I’ve kissed a gray whale in Baja, I’ve watched humpbacks bubble-net feed up in Alaska, I’ve witnessed a pod of orca on the hunt in British Columbia, and I’ve transited the Panama Canal too many times to count
I’m going to be honest here, I’m glad 2017 is over. It was a hard year for me for many reasons (see hardships below), but on the flip side it was also a year of tremendous change and growth. I’ve learned that sometimes we need to be beaten down in order to rediscover what makes us happy. Change can be hard, but if we accept it and learn from it, change is the only way we can move forward.
As a traveler, I love discovering little off-the-beaten path gems that feel like the real and authentic country that I’m traveling through. I know there are very few, if any, places left in the world that haven’t been altered in someway by globalization and international travel and I’m not the one to say whether that is good or bad, right or wrong.
When most people think of mountain biking in Utah, what comes to mind are the classic red slickrock trails of Moab. But while there is undeniably some fantastic mountain biking to be had in Moab (I’m looking at you Porcupine Ridge), there are tons of other epic mountain bike destinations in Utah. Enter Hurricane – pronounced ‘Her-ah-kun’ by the locals.
Over the summer of 2017 I spent almost three months housesitting and exploring the incredible gem that is. Southwest England. My housesit was a beautiful old farm just outside of Wellington and it came with a car and I had brought my mountain bike over from the States so I was all set to explore near and far.
The Ethicurean. Where to begin? Picture an enormous secret garden secluded within a 10 or 12-foot high brick wall that is strung on all four walls with ivy vines and ropy roots. Inside the walls are rows and rows of flowering shrubs, trees bearing fruit, veggies of all sorts, bees buzzing to and fro, and little benches strategically placed so that you can watch all this and more play out before you.