Pano

Panorama: n. An Unbroken View

Seeing outside your field of view, beyond the periphery, has always fascinated me. Photography and philosophy both make this possible. Each provides an expanded perspective and lets you know that there is broader world out there than is possible from a fixed viewpoint. You will always find hidden treasures outside the bounds of your vision.

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Smashing Travel

2019 has been an eventful year so far. It started in a polar vortex, and has since been filled with traveling around Europe and the US. Through all of it, I have gained more friends, travel tips, and amusing anecdotes from tour. We have a few weeks left of this tour, but have so far visited the land of the Vikings, survived a turtle, a European heat wave, and more Easy Jet flights than a person should in one summer.

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Polar Adventures - The Journey Tour

Over the last month, I have learned what true cold feels like. The South has annoying cold. The Northeast has wet, snowy cold. Canada has ‘why would anyone live here’ cold. They speak fondly of their summer season, then in the same breath lament, that though it is magnificent, it is only 2 months long. In the last month I’ve experienced stunning mountains, frozen prairies, and temperatures the same as the surface of Mars. The Journey isn’t over yet!

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Shakira - El Dorado World Tour

Wow! What a year it has been! I got the opportunity to see more of the world this year. Some places I had been before, but there were many new locations as well. For those that don’t know, I was the Programming Engineer for Shakira’s world tour, hence my absence in Nashville. Throughout the course of things, many new friends were made and adventures had. From touchy airport security, to questionable runners, there are more stories than can fit in one post.

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Spacebar

That name cracks me up. ‘Spacebar’ is the tour industry term for the position of ‘Programming Engineer’. It is a massive oversimplification, while at the same time, if you do your job correctly, that is exactly all you do during the show. The dark side of the spacebar are the moments, always unexpected, where you keep the space ship from spinning out of control.  

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Stepping Into A Prism

Walking into the Sagrada Família is like being transported to another world. The exterior is an amazing mix of Gothic, Catalan, and modern lines, all woven in a way that can only be described by the name of the man that created it, Gaudi. Symbolism covers every surface of the Basilica. The vision that is slowly appearing, though incomplete, has been revealing itself for over 100 years. Visiting the Sagrada Família has been on my bucket list for years, and this past Sunday, that dream was realized.

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Bavaria

München (Munich) is a city filled with Biergartens, Dragons, and some beautiful sightseeing adventures. While I didn't have time to visit the legendary parks, majestic castles in the nearby Alps, or the palace, a self-guided walking tour let me see the city, and know that I would like to return. It's name means 'by the monks', and this refers to the monks of the benedictine order. Munich has remained a cultural hub since 1158, and remains so today.

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The Gherkin

Of all the cities in the world, that I have seen, I think some of the most beautiful variance in architecture exists in London. It has been a melting pot for centuries. Ideas, shapes, cultures, and tones from history shade its buildings. Throughout the city, there is such a variety of structure, that it really is a feast for the eyes. My friend, Jamie gave me an 8+ mile walking tour of the city. I finallly saw the city from the perspective that I have only read about, and never have time to take!

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