Travelers Roundtable

Author: Rich Herstek

I hope the city fathers of Roanoke, Virginia know what they have here. But I’m not certain they do. They’re building buildings, flaunting their God-given resources, and dreaming up events to make the place interesting with kite festivals, marathons, and more. They’re building out a 174,000-square-foot, kid-friendly civic center with an aquarium, a butterfly room, an interactive science museum, and a restaurant with a view. They want you to know how many nature trails they’ve got, and how many city parks[…]

Rich Herstek was raised in Ohio, but has since lived and worked in Boston, Portland, London, Prague, Paris, Manila, Washington, D.C., and New York. His travel writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, France Today, Third Coast Daily, Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, the Vermont Standard and elsewhere. In addition to his travel writing, Rich has also been an advertising creative director, a playwright and a screenwriter, having earned his MA at the London Film School. You can learn more about[…]

I had been living in London for a year, finishing a screenplay. I managed to wrap it up just as my visa was expiring, and needed to figure out where in the world  I was going to live next.  I had spent much of the previous 10 years living abroad—France, the Czech Republic, The Philippines and the UK — and I had a hankering to go back to the States.  But where?

On the drive between Oban and Kilmelford on the west coast of Scotland there is a sign pointing you to the Isle of Seil and the Bridge Over the Atlantic. The road is a long one. A narrow one. And built with plenty of kinks and contortions so as to maximize your chances of being killed in a head-on collision. You will drive so long that you will think you are lost. You will think I’m lying about there being[…]

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