Gear Review: How Does the SteriPen UV Water Purification System Work?

Steripen

The Steripen is a UV water purification system.  It’s a small hand-held device that emits UV rays to purify water by killing bacteria, protozoa and viruses.  It takes 4 AA batteries and weighs about 5 ounces.  The Steripen UV water purification system is one of the best ways to completely purify water while camping and […]

Gear Review: Pros and Cons of The Lifestraw Water Filtration System

Lifestraw

First developed in 2005, the Lifestraw was originally designed to filter out micro organisms from water in sub saharan Africa.  It was created as part of an initiative to help the world’s poor get access to clean water.  Today Lifestraw-brand products are being used in water projects in over 64 countries.  Okay, that’s enough on […]

Torn between Two Worlds: A Cultural Guide To South Korea

Ajumma at Fishmarket in Busan

Wandering the color-filled and lively streets of Seoul in late 2014, I find myself in a place that does not really seem to be Korean initially. In one of the fastest growing economies in the world, a lot of cultural changes are taking place, which makes traveling to Seoul a special experience. The Americans, who […]

Living Abroad: Having a Great Experience and Leaving a Great Impression

Mike Krause

If you play your cards right, living abroad can be an extraordinary life-changing experience. You will face so much more than just new language, food and culture, you’ll be surrounded by countless invisible differences which conspire together to create that unique foreign charm. At times you’ll struggle to explain or comprehend what you see around […]

Spiti Valley: How To Get To Key Monastery (Ki Gompa)

Key Monastery, Spiti Valley, India

The Key Monastery (Ki Gompa in Tibetan) is located in Spiti Valley, which is in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.  It is the most iconic structure in the valley and should definitely be part of any trip into this corner of the Tibetan Plateau.  The monastery has a unique fort-like design due […]