Andy C. Castillo
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By Andy Christian Castillo The twisting towers of St. Basil’s Cathedral stretched into a pastel sky like a bonfire of stone and steel — at the same time ornate and meticulously organized. Long shadows from tourists milling about Red Square flickered across the cobblestones below. They felt smooth and good beneath my feet, which were […]
Central Japan has a quiet, peaceful beauty that drips from the trees and sinks into your skin By Andy Christian Castillo Waning sunlight streamed through Japanese maple leaves, stark against drab conifers, and even more saturated than my New England home’s iconic sugar maples in all their autumnal glory. Emerging from between red leaves, which […]
The Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains By Andy Christian Castillo Long hikes usually follow three progressions: one, “this isn’t that bad.” Two, “God, why did I try this?” Three, “I always forget why I love hiking.” That’s what my girlfriend, Brianna, said as we took our first steps hiking the Franconia Ridge Loop […]
Adventure Hiking in the Canary Islands By Andy Christian Castillo The drive from Tenerife-North Airport to Maliá Hacienda del Conde, my hotel destination in the largest of Spain’s seven Canary Islands, is beautiful. Switchbacks wind through narrow streets — sometimes hedged in by gated walls, other times overlooking expansive vistas — passing adobe haciendas with […]
On Monday morning, before I caught my flight home, I drove to the coast near the airport. Over a small berm, I stood in front of the ocean, alone amidst the darkness, listening to the waves. Their restlessness seemed to serve as an explanation point on my experience: Iceland will continue to experience the brunt of nature’s wrath, from volcanos and earth-tearing plate shifts to all-consuming darkness and stormy weather, long after I’ve departed this earth.
That night we followed Gyllenberg in our Volvo just down the road to a few of the center’s historically accurate tipi tents, ruggedly outfitted with animal furs on the inside and beds made of pine needles. Our site overlooked a sprawling lake with a rocky shoreline, on which was situated a wood-fired hot tub.