Members of the Kelley and Jones families traveled to Greece and Turkey in June of 2017.This was a trip of a lifetime for Clemson graduates Katie ’16 and Frank ’12 who are both third-generation Greek on their mother’s side. They took the Tiger Rag everywhere they went!
Gabe and Christina Hollingsworth spent two weeks in London and Paris celebrating their first wedding anniversary. This photo shows them on London’s Millennium Footbridge with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background.
Audrey Stevens went to Peru with her friend Suzannah Feldman. It is her last hurrah before starting her medical residency. This picture is at the top of Huayna Picchu. Looking down at Machu Picchu.
Jordan and Kaitlyn Fiedler showing their Tiger Pride while skiing at Sunshine Mountain in Banff Canada.
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.”
Brad ’82 and Leigh Anne Whitlock Hoover ’83 and Chris ’88 and Heather Whitlock proudly pose with the Clemson University 2016 National Championship flag at the former Natural Bridge in Aruba. Go Tigers!!
Philip and Jennifer Russell (BS IE ’97, M.Eng ’12) showed their Tiger Pride as they celebrated their 5th anniversary at Couples Tower Isle in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, in April 2017.
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.
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
Chris ’04 and Nicolette ’04 Daleske brave 38 degree glacial water in March of 2017 to prove that Clemsonites can conquer not only the National Championship, but ice cold waters as well! The Clemson couple are floating in “No Man’s Land” in the continental rift between the North American and European tectonic plates in Silfra, Iceland.