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A Journey with Journey Arts

You may remember that October 2016 saw my wife and me leading a group of creatives from Journey Arts Collective to Europe. It was by all accounts a successful partnership. The Journey Arts leader, Brett Mabury, did a wonderful job of leading the group on a sort of reflective pilgrimage as we experienced some of […]

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An Unforgettable Journey

It was our privilege at World to the Wise Cultural Tours to partner recently with Journey Arts Collective in Brentwood, Tennessee to create a very special experience for a group of ten creatives from the greater Nashville area. Led by Australian Brett Mabury, whose home town of Perth is where I started school as a […]

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A True Craftsman

I didn’t even catch his name. But this gentleman left quite an impression on us, and I can’t wait to see him again the next time we’re in the Tuscan hill town of Volterra. We were making our way down a steep street toward an ancient Etruscan city gate when we saw him sitting outside […]

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Finding Florence Again

In 1983 I was touring with Karen Lafferty when we played a concert in this historic hall called the Hall of the Five Hundred in Florence’s 600-year-old Palazzo Vecchio. 34 years later I get to show it to my wife and the World to the Wise tour group.

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Roaming in Rome

Rome. Few places evoke such wonder and awe. And yet as you stroll the ornate halls of the Vatican Museum or gaze up at the incomparable dome of St Peter’s Basilica, you’re faced with the mixed stories of grandeur and corruption, glory and greed, piety and pettiness of the past. Have things changed? Are we […]

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Announcing World to the Wise Academy!

You perhaps already know my blog, or my podcast, or maybe the cultural tours my wife Becky and I lead in the summers. In the same vein of promoting cultural intelligence, we are happy to announce World to the Wise Academy, where we will initially be offering courses on foreign language learning, and later various […]

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Immigrating to America, Take 2 (Season 2 final episode)

You may remember hearing in the news about a family from the Kurdish area of Northern Iraq, who were on their way to make a new life in the United States when they were turned away at the Cairo airport as a result of President Trump’s executive order, in February 2017, banning immigrants from seven […]

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Post-Apartheid South Africa

The Republic of South Africa has had a tumultuous history since its inception, dominated for so long by the cloud of apartheid. In 1994 Nelson Mandela, who had been imprisoned for 27 years, was elected as president of the first truly democratic South Africa. But in 2017, four years since Mandela’s death, many in South […]

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Two Brits in Yankeeland

241 years ago, this new country called the United States of America was regarded by many in Great Britain as nothing more than an ungrateful child. Today the relationship between the two nations is arguably the closest relationship the US has. But just because we speak the same language doesn’t mean the two cultures are […]

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Being Muslim in America

I live in Nashville, which is in the middle of a boom. People are moving here in droves, cranes dot the skyline, and we currently bear the moniker of “It City.” In the trendy, extremely gentrified neighborhood called 12 South, among the hip restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, is a building some might consider out […]

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