TRAVEL

In a globalizing world, with a career of international service, a family scattered in the far corners of the earth, and the Bahá'í Faith providing a global perspective and commitment, travelling is inevitable, and I have spent much of my life in airplanes and airports, trains (in Europe), and other less conventional forms of transport like dugout canoes. I must balance the severe impact of this aspect of my ecological footprint against the services I can render, and have for many years not taken travelling vacations for my own pleasure. In any case, a chance to stay at home for a while is a real vacation, and my chalet gives me a place for a change of pace. I only drive when there are no reasonable alternative forms of public transport, or more than I can carry.

In the early years, I took hundreds of photos on my trips as a way of recording them, and some day I may scan the best for this site (see 1960s below). Then I stopped carrying a camera at all because it got in the way of more important things, and I try to travel with as little as possible.

With digital photography, and the Internet as a way of sharing pictures, I have again started recording some of my trips illustrated in the photo albums below in chronological order by year, except for the album on my home country, Switzerland.


Travel 2017
Netherlands Justice/IEF Conference; March for Science in Geneva; ebbf event near Geneva; Basel and Mark Tobey show;
Italy (Pontedera and Venice); France: Nievre department for Triglav Circle, Puy de Fou park, and Paris, including the Louvre

Travel 2016
Italy; AIESEC Presidents Meeting in Morocco; Justice Conference in the Netherlands;
UNEP writers' sprint in Arendal, Norway;  ebbf spring event in Milan;  Vision Gulf Business Conference in Kuwait;
French Baha'i Summer School in Angers; Czech Republic; IEF conference in Bolivia; Baha'i temple dedication in Chile

Travel 2015
France: Baha'i Winter Camp at La Chapelle d'Abondance; and PERL/IEF conference in Paris;
Paris again for International Resource Panel meeting; my Mother-in-Law's funeral in Brittany;
week on spirituality and nature in Bourg-en-Bresse; French Baha'i Summer School near Angers;
The Justice Conference in the Netherlands; Baha'i Shrines and gardens in Haifa, Israel; German Baha'i Summer School at Tambach;
ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future spring event near Lisbon and fall event in Barcelona;
UNEP Workshop in Baku, Azerbaijan; UNEP "book sprint" in Nairobi, Kenya; meetings in Belgrade, Brussels and Vienna;
UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, France; Shanghai for a research meeting; Swiss Baha'i Winter School in Leysan

Travel 2014
The Netherlands; India; Ireland; France: Baha'i Spring Camp; ebbf events in England and Spain
Meetings in Shanghai, China; Mantua, Italy; Belgrade, Serbia
California; Quebec, Canada, including Quebec Baha'i Summer School
Switzerland: biodynamic farm and Triglav Circle meeting; Peace seminar in Walenstadt; Baha'i Winter School in Einsiedeln

Travel 2013
France: the Bahá'í Winter Camp in the Alps, Marseilles, Montpellier, Paris, Reims
Bulgaria, England, Germany, Serbia, Denmark
IEF/ebbf conference in Barcelona; Quebec and its Baha'i Summer School
Monterey Peninsula and Yosemite in California
Swiss Baha'i Winter School in Einsiedeln

Travel 2012
France, snowshoeing in the Alps, a visit to the Riviera, and the Bahá'í Summer School; rural life in India; London meetings; Brazil for Rio+20;
California, including the High Sierra; Quebec, and Quebec Bahá'í Summer School; conferences in Portugal, Serbia and Azerbaijan;
Samoa for my brother's funeral; Swiss Winter School

Travel 2011
France, including Stanford-in-France III 50th reunion; Quebec; California; Germany; Portugal; Montenegro; Budapest; Netherlands
Of special interest: Gorge of the Devil's Bridge and Budapest museum visited by 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Travel 2010
Israel, Czech Republic, India, Bulgaria, Quebec, Netherlands, France, Croatia, England
Of special interest: Bahá'í pilgrimage to Israel

Travel 2009
England; Copenhagen; Delft; France; Bornholm (Denmark); Bulgaria; Washington, DC; Quebec; Croatia; Malaga, Spain
Of special interest: Wedding of Sylvia Karlsson and Onno Vinkhuyzen
Windsor Castle celebration of religious action plans for climate change

Travel 2008
Estonia; Quebec; Portugal; Italy; Montenegro

Travel 2007
Bulgaria; Canada; France; New Caledonia; dePoort, Netherlands
Of special interest: Queen Marie's summer palace in Balchik, Bulgaria
Monastery at Ganagobie, France

Travel 2006
Italy/Netherlands; Bulgaria/Macedonia; Oxford, UK

Travel 2005
Acuto, Italy; Carmel, California; Cyprus; Monaco; Quebec; Sweden; Taiwan

1960s
Stanford-in-France 1961-62
Bahá'í Youth Pacific Conference, Apia, Samoa, 1969


Switzerland
Geneva; Grindelwald; Walensee; Caux; Joux; Einsiedeln
Of special interest: Palais des Nations, Chateau de Bossey





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