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 shifted gently in a cool breeze, Japan’s Okazaki Castle rose into the golden dusk. Not far away, a […]
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Hiking 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 in the […]
By Andy Christian Castillo I didn’t know what to expect when I booked a cheap Norwegian flight to Dingle for a week long writers workshop. Last time in Ireland, I spent a few nights in Dublin and wasn’t that impressed. Yeah, there were bars aplenty; the city had a throbbing heartbeat; the Guinness factory is […]
Dingle Ireland, where the terrible potato famine is still recalled By Andrew Castillo Heavy is the ground that carries lost souls. Heavier still the voice of a man whose family is buried there. I met him walking up Cairn Hill, past low slung pastel houses with chipped paint and wildflowers growing in the front yard. […]
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.
Guide and Photos by Andy Christian Castillo You can find more information on specific regions in West Sweden here. What’s West Sweden’s draw? I grew up in northeastern United States, Western Massachusetts, specifically. When I was young, my family and I would pack into the station wagon and drive up to Maine for vacations. We’d stay […]
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.
By Andy Christian Castillo An explosion of sparks rained down, fizzling out on the concrete floor inside the Volvo Factory press shop — first stop in Volvo’s car-making factory plant in Gothenburg, Sweden. Orange robotic arms straight-out-of-Transformers, dipped and spun, welding rivets onto frames filing past on a conveyor belt. “Welcome to Volvo cars, welcome to […]
By Andy Christian Castillo Orange tile roofs of coastal houses stand bright and cheery against dreary, overcast clouds as the ferry from Vrångö Island in the archipelagos near Gothenburg, on Sweden’s West Coast, pulls into port at Saltholmen. My girlfriend, Brianna, who’s sitting next to me in the blue-velvet seats, squeezes my hand and smiles […]
The Best and Warmest Winter Gear By Andy Christian Castillo Here at GoNOMAD, we don’t always follow the beaten path. In fact, we’d rather get off of it entirely, and we know that you like to too. We understand the necessity of wearing quality clothing to keep out the elements and make unbearable weather, bearable — […]
An adventure down dirt country roads leads to refreshing brews By Melissa Paquette When I searched for a street address on the Funky Bow Brewery and Beer Company website, all I found were these directions: “Head down Route 35 in Lyman. Look for the BEER sign. Turn up a dirt road.” Yet on the warm […]