Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Prague: A love story

Posted on December 09, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

Dear Prague. What can I say that you don’t already know?  You’re beautiful.  Alluring.  Elusive.  Mysterious.  From the moment we met, I felt chills (it may have been the freezing cold temperatures, or it may have been the way your moonlit world seemed to come from outer space).  You’re the lover I always wanted, and […]

Talking to British peers about American higher education

Posted on December 06, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

As I expected, and as has happened to me before, my third week in Winchester, England, dawned with the insatiable desire to see the sea.  Luckily, England is an island (which played no small part in my decision to travel here), and the sea was a mere hour ride on the train.  So, gathering a […]

A tale of two seas

Posted on December 06, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

As I expected, and as has happened to me before, my third week in Winchester, England, dawned with the insatiable desire to see the sea.  Luckily, England is an island (which played no small part in my decision to travel here), and the sea was a mere hour ride on the train.  So, gathering a […]

Lists and scribbles: favorites from England

Posted on November 10, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

 Contemplative statue in the crypt beneath Winchester Cathedral.

This week, I thought I’d share a few lists I’ve been keeping as I’ve travelled.  In general, I encourage the keeping of lists.  There’s even a new ‘Book of Lists’ released this year with some fascinating names discussing some fascinating issues.  Here’s a few lists I’ve jotted down during this venture:   Best New Foods […]

Wanderlust abounds in the English countryside

Posted on November 06, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

I had the great pleasure, this past Friday, to follow in the footsteps of Wordsworth, Keats, Austen, and many thousands of other writers who lived and wrote in England.  I woke leisurely (I am graced with 3 day weekends), strapped into my backpack an armful of books, notebooks, food, and my ipod (essential), and set […]

A reflection on my trip and a note on life

Posted on October 27, 2014 by martinconte in Uncategorized

Up to now, I have spent a majority of my time writing to you about the sights I’ve seen, the places I’ve been, the romance of English history and village culture.  This week I thought I’d take a breath, and introduce you to the typical, day to day life on campus at Winchester. Typical student […]

Climbing the spiral staircase: Adventures in the Winchester Cathedral

Posted on October 09, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

It’s been three weeks since I arrived in Winchester, and yet it took until today for me to sufficiently explore Winchester Cathedral, the skyscraping Anglican church that has sat in the city’s center since 1066 A.D and was made famous by the 1960’s chart-topping song of the same name. Joining a group of students from […]

London: a tour through time

Posted on September 29, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

Let’s take a walk through London; we start at Buckingham Palace.  On one side of a massive square is a fountain, dominated by mermen and white marble.  At the other side of the gates, the high fence, and across a cobble yard as barren as an empty parking lot, the little figures of the Queen’s […]

Martin’s Travel Blog: My English adventure begins

Posted on September 15, 2014 by martinconte in Perspectives

This past June a friend of mine, who had steered a ship across the Pacific using celestial navigation, pointed out the cycle of the stars across the sky. The path of the stars is something I have always known about, a fact stored from some second grade lesson in astronomy, but I had never been […]

Noah is visually impressive but ultimatley sinks

Posted on April 26, 2014 by martinconte in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews

At times reminiscent of the darker side of Jim Henson’s puppet workshop, and at other times wandering through Cormac McCarthy’s burnt-out landscape, all the while grappling with one of the oldest stories in Western civilization’s mythos, Noah is an overproduced, but impeccably acted, well thought out but poorly written, sweeping philosophical endeavor that sometimes stumbles […]