By Brandon Ellis It's easy to get swept into the allure of Hong Kong's neon signs and busy streets — the grandeur of the city has that effect. But as most people would probably agree, the more time you spend in a place, the more likely you are to start noticing the little things. And as I've…Read more Spiritual space in Hong Kong
By Brandon Ellis Since I can remember, the ebb of the summer season has always brought with it a sense of melancholy nostalgia. The feeling is especially present in the Adirondacks, where, the few warm months of this season are followed almost immediately by an endless wave of bitter cold and gloomy sky. In lieu of…Read more From struggle comes sublime: Bearing the storm for the perfect photo
By Brandon Ellis "The map is not the territory" ~ Alfred Korzybski I offer a simple mantra for you to ponder — one that appears easily digestible, but in reality may take some time to chew. A mantra that pervades the mind of an eager traveler and rationalizes the uncertainty of the road. Profound for some,…Read more Defining wanderlust: The meaning behind a traveler’s mantra
By Brandon Ellis Flash forward to a year later and I'm back on the plane. By 3 p.m I had already navigated three airports, flown in a Cessna 402 with a handful of other brave souls, and been greeted by the cheerful security in Newark, NJ. Now, it was just a waiting game. A 14 hour…Read more An Exercise in Reflection: Thoughts on an airplane
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By Brandon Ellis After weeks of mental preparation, planning, paperwork and packing it was finally time to leave for Hong Kong. I had already experienced a fair amount of air travel within the United States but this, this was on another level. Prior to this trip, my longest plane ride must have been roughly four…Read more An Exercise in Reflection: Hong Kong
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