Stephen Hartshorne: A Literary Traveler
Stephen Hartshorne is the associate editor of GoNOMAD.com. He writes a blog called ArmchairTravel about books he finds at flea markets and rummage sales
Below are links to all his stories on GoNOMAD:
The Boston Boy Visits Dublin: "Wicked Brilliant!"
It's always a thrill for a Boston boy to visit Ireland, but to visit Dublin on St. Patrick's Day, and to ride with the other international reporters in a bus at the head of the parade... to hear Seamus Heaney and 30 other great Irish writers read their work at the new convention center... and to attend The Commitments' 20-year anniversary concert in their hometown... this was truly the trip of a lifetime.
I saw the President twice and the Lord Mayor twice, dined at splendid restaurants and walked the cobblestone streets of this eminently walkable city where pilgrims come from all over the world.
I felt this ancient city open its heart to me, the taxi drivers and the barkeeps and the people I met in the street -- and I found this incredibly moving. I felt I was among thousands and thousands of kindred spirits in the spiritual and cultural center of the great Irish diaspora.
Back in Boston, I'd have to be careful not to go on about it too long, for fear it would be said I was putting on airs.
An Invitation from the Cherokee Nation: Rediscover America
Painting by Sam Watts-Scott at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, part of Cherokee Entertainment Inc.
Maybe I'm dating myself here, but back in my day, young people slaved away at summer jobs to scrounge up enough money to buy some sort of vehicle and set off in search of America. Families often set off together on the same sort of quest, and I'm all for it. I think our country should be rediscovered and reinvented by each new generation.
There's not much question about which road to take. Route 66 has established itself in story and song as the quintessential American highway.
When you do set off down Route 66 to rediscover America, I suggest you make a stop at the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. The Cherokee have been here a lot longer than most of us new arrivals, and they can give you a whole new perspective on American history.
More GoNOMAD stories by Stephen Hartshorne:
Spooky Colorado: Where the Spirits Go to Party
Lithuania, Past, Present and Future: Encroaching Upon Eternity
Vilnius, Lithuania: The Museum of the Centre of Europe
Estonia: A New Birth of Freedom in an Ancient Land
Germany's Frankfurt Rhine-Main Region: Luxury Spas and Fairy-Tale Palaces
In the Footsteps of Martin Luther, Germany's National Hero
Squam Lake, New Hampshire: The Perfect Place for a Father-Daughter Getaway
Soaring Around in Alternative Reality: A Press Trip to New Holland
Visiting New Holland: A Press Trip in Second Life: A GoNOMAD Gallery
Dublin Gallery March, 2011: A GoNOMAD Gallery
Saint Patrick's Day Festival Dublin, 2011: A GoNOMAD Gallery
Will Rogers 131st Birthday Party: A GoNOMAD Gallery
Touring Canada by Train: It's The Way to Go
The Magic of Lanterns, 18th Edition, 2010, The Chinese Garden, Montreal
Rockland, Maine: Fine Art and Family Fun
New Hampshire Summer Stock Theatre: "The Magic That's Born in the Heart"
Charles Dickens: He Was a Travel Writer Too!
Intrepid Solo Women's Travel: Isabella Bird
Family Fun: The Texas Gulf Coast Has It All
Houston, Texas: A Great Place to Be Yourself
Galveston, Texas: The Indomitable Island
Houston's Art Car Parade: A Celebration of Individuality
Elko County, Nevada: "Where the Skies Are Not Cloudy All Day"
A Visit to the 71 Ranch Elko County, Nevada: A GoNOMAD Gallery
The West of Ireland: Stories in Stone
West Ireland Photo Gallery: Stories in Stone
Over the Top and Back Again: Hiking X the Alps
Competitours: Amazing Race Without the Stress
Biking with the Europeans: Lower Cost, More Options
South African Safari Tours: The Next Step in Women's Travel
GoNOMAD's Top Ten Family Vacation Destinations
Tips on How to RV All Over the World
Touring the Real Panama: Wildlife, Beaches and Tribal Villages
In Search of Ancient Goddesses and Pirate Queens
Living Large and Giving Large: Promoting 'High-End' Travel Philanthropy
Learning the Secrets of Tuscan Cuisine
Visit the North Pole Aboard a Russian Icebreaker
What Makes a Perfect Women-Only Tour?
Don't Park at the Airport! Off-Site Lots Charge 60 to 80 Percent Less
Sailing the Historic Northwest Passage in a Polar-Class Icebreaker
Sailing Antarctica in a World-Class Racing Yacht