My First Blog Post

Every place has a story. The story of every place is shaped not only by its Physical Geography (mountains, rivers, climate, vegetation, etc.), but also by the people that live there. Human Geography (culture, economics, demographics, politics) is intrinsically interwoven with the Physical landscape, as both affect one another.

Out of the way places interest me, as there is something to learn from every place and something to learn about ourselves and our place in this world. Describing the cultural meaning of PLACE is an interest of mine. Most of the places that I will write about are known to some, but not necessarily popular tourist locations. If there are pristine and undiscovered places that I may write about, I may take editorial license to give them different names to keep them protected. How places change over time or how we perceive them differently as time passes is also an interest of mine.

I am continuing to travel and explore our world. Posts are categorized by location or topic. There are a wide variety of locations to choose from, including Alaska, Oregon, International (which includes trips to Spain, Norway, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, New Zealand, Canada, and Morocco, just to name a few). Topics include nature, travel, and memoir. I invite all of you to come explore and take a geographical journey with us. We hope that you will not only experience new places with us, but also gain new insights about your place in this world.

Your feedback is welcome and encouraged!

Mick and Beth McCann

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

All I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a kid is to go explore the world that we live in. For the past several years, I’ve been able to visit many unique places, both near and far, and use those experiences to teach others about the world that we live in. As of now, I’ve been to 50 foreign countries and all 50 states; climbed 37 state high points and visited the home stadiums of 18 professional baseball teams. I look forward to this opportunity to live in Spain to better by Spanish and learn some Catalan along the way. I also get to share this experience with my best friend and wife of 28 years, Beth.

Blogging about this experience will help me to be more keenly aware of my surroundings so that I can include important details about the sights, sounds, smells, and the vibes of the places that we visit and hopefully leave a record of what Catalunya was like in the Fall of 2019 for other professors and students who take the study abroad experience in the years to come so that they can compare changes over time. Hopefully, it will help to bring awareness to our study abroad program to keep it viable in the future.

A much younger me…
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