Around the World Trip – Welcome to Egypt!

Greetings from Luxor, Eqypt, home of the Valley of the Kings!  This is the first post of our Around the World Trip: 6 Countries, 17 hotels, 22 flights, 32 days. A crazy trip to celebrate my retiremen...

Micronesia: Oh Happy Day!

After almost a week in Yap, sans luggage, I headed to Pohnpei to meet up with the accreditation team at the National Campus on the island of Pohnpei. Tough trip as I left my Yap hotel at 1:15 am, flyi...

Micronesia: Dancing in the Village

After the morning with James, I had yet another special opportunity. I got to experience traditional dancing in one of the local villages, thanks to one of the deans at the COM-FSM.  Her young daugh...

Micronesia: Traditional Dancing in Colonia

Saturday continued with sensory overload as traditional dancers performed in the town of Colonia.  Beautifully adorned dancers of all ages, danced and sang to rhythms centuries old. Their costumes ar...

Micronesia: Sunrise and Sprinkles

  Saturday brought my final day in Yap and I planned to take full advantage. On the docket were a sunrise shoot, traditional dancing, and maybe even a sunset shoot before heading out the airport ...

Micronesia: Fisheries and Maritime Institute

Friday brought a trip to the college’s second campus on the island of Yap, the Fisheries and Maritime Institute known as FMI. This campus is home to approximately 50 students from all over the ...

Micronesia: Stone Money and Visiting the Chief

I had hoped to have time while in Yap to tour the island and learn about the Yapese culture. On Thursday, I had that chance. When I casually mentioned to the lovely Yapese woman serving me breakfast t...

Micronesia: Visiting the Yap Campus

On Wednesday, I visited the Yap Campus of COM. I hosted a well-attended open forum and met with faculty, staff, and students. The campus consists of five buildings, vegetable garden, volleyball court,...

Micronesia: Arrival in Yap

I said Micronesia is far far away. It is. After flight delays, rerouting, and over 24+ hours of travel I arrived on the island of Yap. Stepping onto the tarmac into the hot and humid night air, we wer...