Getting the Drift in London

The Great Court of London’s British Museum…

I’d only been in London for a few hours, and I was already thinking I’d have to scrap a year’s work.

The Innocent Anthropologist

The Innocent Anthropologist by Nigel Barley

Nigel Barley was a rather unhappy “desk anthropologist” at a British university.

His fieldwork-hardened older colleagues never stopped reminding him of this, because back in their day, it wasn’t enough to camp out in a library cordoned off by stacks of journals. You had to get out and live with the natives.

Adrift in Berlin

Outpost Winter 2019… Berlin, baybee!

The latest issue of Outpost hit newsstands across Canada a few weeks ago.

This time in my Adrift on the Continent column, I’m taking you to Berlin. Well, I suppose I should say “bringing you to Berlin”, since I live here.

The Best Books I Read in 2018

Best Books 2018

It’s that time again.

I typically read about 100 books a year. Everything from travel literature to poetry, history, psychology, fiction and memoir.

I love reading lists and recommendations, and I bet a few of you do, too. So at year’s end, I like to take a moment to share my top reads of the past twelve months.

A Shift in My Trajectory

Batten down the hatches… Hate mail on the way…

I’ve started writing a series of articles for an independent Maltese news site called The Shift.

One of the paper’s founders contacted me at the beginning of November to ask if I would comment on things that appear completely bizarre to an outsider, but which are accepted as normal in Malta.

Living the Golden Age of Prank Calls

I had an unexpected glimpse of a friend from the distant past last week.

I was staying up late watching a French Canadian film called The Decline of the American Empire. Around thirty minutes in, just as I’m taking a sip of Crown Royal on ice, a telephone rings. The character in the shot stiffens in his chair, and then the camera pans to a side table, where we see…

Just Another Berlin Sunday

Sunday in the Tiergarten…

Sunday afternoon in the Tiergarten.

A group of four shirtless guys sit on the grass, smoking pot and rolling a soccer ball in listless circles.

An Interview with Lawrence Millman

At Hellisheidi, above Vindfellsfjall, Iceland…

Lawrence Millman is the author of eleven books, including Northern Latitudes, Last Places, An Evening Among Headhunters, and Lost in the Arctic. His travel articles have appeared in such magazines as Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, and Islands.

Old Glory by Jonathan Raban

Old Glory by Jonathan Raban

After a childhood of river dreams inspired by readings of Huckleberry Finn, Jonathan Raban set out to travel the length of the Mississippi River from north to south in a 16-foot open aluminum boat.

Overshadowed by Nuremberg’s Dark Past

The unfinished Nazi Party Kongresshalle…

Nuremberg was once one of the wealthiest and most important trading centres in medieval Europe. And between 1050 and 1571, it was the closest thing to a capital under the Holy Roman Empire, seat of the imperial Diet.