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Peru: Walton Norris ’02

My wife and I recently visited Peru, and like many visitors to that beautiful country, we journeyed into the mountains to make our pilgrimage to the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. While in the city of Cusco, known as the gateway to Machu Picchu, we visited a local watering hole called “Norton Rat’s Tavern” located on the main town square.

The walls and ceiling of the pub were covered with various flags from around the world, including some that represented a variety of sports teams. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to donate my Tiger Rag, and they welcomed the addition.

Why was it important to me to leave this small token of the University that I love so dearly in a city that sits over 11,000 feet above sea level? “…that the Tiger’s roar may echo o’er the mountain heights.”

Go Tigers!

Travelers Spring 2017

Cole Swartwood ‘16 and Sammie Flynn ‘17: After traveling to see Clemson shut out Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve we decided to travel north to Page, Arizona. Page is home to one of the most popular sites to see nature has to offer, the Horseshoe Bend. We took our Tiger Rag within a few feet of the edge to get this awesome picture.

Whether you were in Tampa or elsewhere, we heard you celebrating the Clemson championship for weeks! Below are fan photos submitted to us.

Have your own photo you want to share? Email jdselle@clemson.edu and we’ll add it to the gallery.

 

Singapore: Jarrett Lucero ’13

After graduating from Clemson in 2013, I took an engineer position at a medical device company in Pendleton, SC. After one year, I entered the PhD program at Clemson for Materials Science and Engineering. I was working full time, doing research, and taking classes for almost two years.

In 2016 I felt a different calling in life. I could no longer ignore the voice in my head telling me that I wasn’t where I needed to be. So, to the confusion of my parents, I left my company in October of 2016 and began remotely consulting for online businesses.

You could call it a pivot.

Since I could work anywhere there was WiFi, I went all in and bought a two-month ticket to Vietnam. I had no friends that lived there and no one to travel with. I didn’t even make travel plans until I got to Asia, I just loaded my stuff into a backpack and climbed on a plane.

Some highlights:

Hiroshima, Japan was absolutely moving. You see buildings that survived the atomic blast in 1945. When you stand next to them, inside the rebuilt city, it is a very powerful experience.

Singapore was great, too. I say it is perfect for those who don’t want to get culture shocked too hard. It is very high tech, modern, clean, safe, with excellent transportation, and enough Indian and Asian culture to satisfy the junior traveler.

Chiang Mai, Thailand is the Asian hub for people working remotely (called Digital Nomads) and it’s clear why. It’s a really fun, smaller city at the foot of the mountains. I miss the night time food markets and weaving a moped through aggressive traffic.

In Hanoi, I found a bar with an open mic night and got to play a short concert.

In Thailand, I signed up for a 2-day retreat through a monk university. We spent 2 days in near-total silence learning about Buddhism, the life of a monk, and spent hours each day meditating using the methods they taught to us.

My advice to future travelers would be:

Pack and repack your bag several times so you know where to trim down your belongings. I had to ship half my stuff home midway through the trip. Although it was expensive, having a lighter backpack made a huge difference.

Don’t be intimidated by the local language or culture. Almost anywhere you go in the world, you will find friendly people willing to help you. If you learn about 5 basic phrases in each language you can survive a few weeks. Be polite, respectful, and get comfortable communicating with your hands.

Finally, don’t overthink it. The world is basically one big back yard with really good food everywhere. Do some basic research on where you’re going and just… go!

In the picture above, I’m on top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore. More photographs at www.instagram.com/jarrettlucero

Iceland: Clay ’82 and Nancy ’82 Addison

Clay Addison ’82 and Nancy Addison ’82 on vacation in Reykjavik, Iceland in front of a Viking Funeral ship sculpture. Notice the old school Tiger Rag with the purple paw. That same Tiger Rag was with us at the Orange Bowl in 1981 when we won our first national championship. Go Tigers!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_Voyager

Budapest: Terry ’84 and daughter, Rebekah Swygert ’16

Our daughter Rebekah is spending a year in Hungary serving with the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission. Recently we were able to visit her and spend some time together in Budapest. It was truly one of the most amazing experiences of our lives! (Another one just happened to occur weeks earlier…in Tampa, watching our Tigers bring home a 2nd National Championship!)

France: Lora Bryant ’96 Pfohl and Josie Pfohl

Lora Bryant ’96 Pfohl and daughter , Josie Pfohl (future class of 2033) at the top of the Peisey Resort, Rhône Alpes, France. Lora is married to Mike Pfohl (’94, MBA 2001) who is working with Michelin Tire headquartered in France. The family has expatriated to France for two years.