My Youtube Channel Is Going Bananas: The Top 3 Videos

Turns out people dig the open, honest interview with a real person. My trip last summer through the Southern U.S. offered no shortage of such people. And whenever I could, I turned on my camera and got to know them: a self-proclaimed redneck, a woman who grew up poor and black in Chattanooga, a woman stung…
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Boyang Captures China

Boyang’s back.  We introduced him here on The Periphery over the winter. On those occasions, we got to see through Boyang’s lens the Asian islands Japan and Taiwan.  This time, we tour the mainland of Asia’s defining country: China. The following are Boyang’s photos and observations from various regions and settings in China in 2015.  *** The first things that…
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A Pristine Cabin In The Hills Of West Virginia–And How You Can Stay There For Free

On my Summer 2016 Southern and Appalachia road trip, I used the travel community, Couchsurfing, to arrange several stops along the way. No place was as impressive as Larry and Will’s in the hills of West Virginia. Three weeks ago, I shared their story. Today’s video is about their peaceful, hilltop, rural escape featuring a pristine cabin…
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Larry And Will Go To Antarctica, Part 2

Most of us will never go to Antarctica. Fear not. West Virginians Larry and Will did. And yes, they brought a camera. This is the second in a two-part series about an adventure south. Way south. Last week we island hopped from the southern tip of South America to the Falkland Islands. Today we get one more…
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Larry And Will Go To Antarctica, Part 1

There are the New Yorks, Hawaiis, and Frances of the world–places that jump into mind when you think “vacation.” And then there are places tucked away into the corners of the globe, overlooked beauties of authentic culture and untouched landscapes and wildlife. Last month, Larry and Will–whose life in the hills of West Virginia we…
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West Virginian Married Mountain Men: An Interview

Larry and Will are two large guys with white beards living in the hills of West Virginia. They are reserved, perhaps even stoic. They are direct. They are the men who, by hand, built this landscaped complex of mountain home, cozy guest cabin, garages, and hillside patios. They are gay. And whereas some day their sexual…
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ON MOVEMENT

When I was a boy growing up in northern Minnesota, I can remember a day when our family drove along a dirt road in what seemed the middle of nowhere. I don’t remember our vehicle–probably our red and white 1979 suburban. I can’t recall where we were headed. As a child, it was just another…
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Quincy Smith, Founder Of ESLAuthority.com, Shares About Teaching English In Another Country–And How You Can, Too

Hi Brandon, I came across your website after finding the interview you did with Andy. I am a former ESL teacher in China and found my time here to be one of the most inspiring times of my life so far. It has led me to start a website called ESL Authority, and I’d love to talk about…
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A Tanzanian Asked Me How Americans Feel About Trump. Will You Answer Him?

​”Brandon, may you write something about how people of America perceive the ideas of the newly elected president?”  This is the question I recently received from a former colleague in Tanzania. Kalistus Chonya and I worked together at a school in this East African country in 2014. We’ve stayed in touch ever since. Like a lot of people…
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Boyang Captures Taiwan

“I didn’t really have any anticipation. While growing up in China, there was some propaganda about Taiwan and how it is still part of China. For me, it was just another undiscovered destination along the route of my personal trip of discovery.” -Boyang After capturing Japan, photographer Boyang island-hopped southbound to another Asian economic stronghold: Taiwan.…
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