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Switzerland is as delicious as it is beautiful

Home of Charlie Chaplin, Nestlé, the United Nations and many of my friends, Switzerland is not often a place I get to, but it is always a place I am excited to be. I first traveled here when I was 17 years old and did not see the snowcapped mountains again for over a decade as I made my way to the USA after a six-month business trip in India. In the German-speaking part of the country, I find myself feeling right at home with the Swiss. In the other parts of Switzerland, I enjoy the challenges of language barriers along with the majestic landscapes and delicious fondue.

Eh, I am a bit behind on writing this, but I promise it is coming soon! In the meantime, check this out.

The Lost City of Petra is More Amazing Than I Ever Imagined

The lost city of Petra, of Indiana Jones fame, sits in the southern territories of Jordan, between Amman and Wadi Rum. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been on my bucket list for a long time and I am glad to report that it does not disappoint. All I really knew about Petra was The Treasury building, which is famous for being the resting place of the Holy Grail in the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I was thrilled to descend the long and winding Siq, or path, into Petra, where The Treasury is not the first thing you see along the path, and as it turns out, it is not nearly the last thing either.

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DRUMSON performs live at the trivagoVibe in Düsseldorf

I was honored with the opportunity to headline the bi-annual trivagoVibe this summer at the global headquarters for the hotel metasearch website (and my employer), in Düsseldorf Germany. This concert consists of trivago’s greatest musical talent, and there is a lot of it! In this article, I write about how I got involved, what happened on the day of the show, and you can also check out a video of my performance!

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Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

Edinburgh Castle is a must-see attraction in Edinburgh. I took a walking tour of the castle which proved to be very educational and a highly efficient use of my limited time in Edinburgh. Here are my notes from the tour as well as photos of the best details.

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Edinburgh Free Walking Tour

On my recent trip to Edinburgh, I kicked off my day with a free walking tour of the city. The experience proved to be a great way to orient myself to the city and to Scottish history. I took lots of photos and now share what I learned along the way.

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Things to Do in Dublin: A 3-day Weekend Itinerary

With just one visit, Dublin has become one of my favorite cities in the world. I pieced together the very best from my trip to Dublin in to this 3-day itinerary for things to do in Dublin. From historical sites, to nightlife, and hikes, Dublin has something for everyone.

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The Secret To All My Success

Showing up is the first step in every success story, but it can be hard to know where to put your efforts. Learn now from my first “showing up” story!

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Photo Tour of the Niederaltaich Abbey

First Impressions of the Niederaltaich Abbey Church Niederalteich is a tiny town of fewer than 2000 people on the Danube River in Bavaria, Germany. It is best known for its main church, the Niederaltaich Abbey Church. The abbey is part of the Benedictine Order and was...

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Reunion, Kölsch and Architecture of Köln (Cologne)

After spending 5-months in India building out a new facility for Mutual Mobile, I get to take a few weeks of vacation! I am returning to Germany for the first time since my high school Rotary Youth Exchange year in Oldenburg and am very excited to reconnect with old...

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Golconda Fort

I was a child when I first visited the National Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. I've never been one for jewels, especially diamonds, but ever since my childhood, I've been captivated by the Hope Diamond, which is notorious for supposedly being cursed. The...

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Charminar

I had the most wonderful experience exploring Hyderabad today! I went to visit one of India's most recognizable monuments, a mosque called Charminar. The name comes from combining the Urdu words Chār and Minar', which translates to "Four Towers," referencing the...

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Global Travel Announcement

1 year, 3 months and 7 days ago I moved to Austin Texas. Since that time I have only spent 10 days traveling. It's time to get a move on! I write you today to announce some exciting travel plans I have for the remainder of 2014. If you are going to be in my vicinity,...

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How to Achieve Silicon Valley Anywhere [crosspost]

The following was originally posted on on June 25, 2014. Read the original post here. If you are in the tech world, Silicon Valley is your mecca. Or at least that’s what we’re led to believe, thanks to its high concentration of technophiles and constant attention as...

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UT Peace and Conflict Resolution Symposium

Today I gave an hour-long presentation at the University of Texas to a Peace, Conflict Resolution and Global Ethics Symposium where I spoke in large part about my Peace Corps projects and how I continue to serve the Central Asian journalism community from Austin. The...

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Peace Corps: Mission Accomplished

Serving with the United States Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan these last two years has been a tremendous experience. During my two years in Kyrgyzstan I accomplished many things; too many to attempt listing here. So let me just describe the cornerstone achievement: Mobile...

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Appendectomy In Bishkek

A Fair Warning The following is an account of my appendectomy which was performed in Kyrgyzstan. Due to the medical and at times gruesome nature of this story, I have chosen to omit a few details and spare the public of some photography. That said, there may still be...

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