An Iowa Explorer
Estonian Travelogue

Sometimes there are moments in life where one can achieve a feeling of clarity, a sensation of peace and knowledge. The knowledge of where we are, what we are doing and where are we going this world. Everyone achieves this clarity and peace in their own way. The path to truth can lead each one of us on disparate paths, yet ultimately the result is the same.

One of the ways in which I feel this truth is through traveling. Iíve found nothing else that so effectively takes one out of the complacency of everyday life, out of the surroundings that comfort yet impede us, and force to encounter the world on its own terms

The freedom and love of traveling is one of the greatest gifts I have been given. Two others are a strong relationship with God and an ability to express myself in writing. One of the goals of my life is to share the beauty of Godís world with others, letting them experience at least a taste of what I see and feel as I journey through creation. That is why I have created this travelogue and why it is entitled An Iowa Explorer. My life is a journey, an exploration of faith, love and beauty. This faith, love and beauty is embodied in the world around us.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Whether our paths cross for a moment or a lifetime, Iíve been touched by your presence just I as pray I may in some way touch yours. Enjoy yourself as you explore this world with me.

God bless,
Mike

Fall 1997
Study Abroad Journal from Tartu, Estonia

Spring 1998
Study Abroad Journal from Tartu, Estonia

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