About the ultramarathon video, and why I took it down

I’m very sorry that my video did not pay more consideration to the regulations and values of the people who graciously allow the Antelope Canyon races to happen. I hope all those who were offended can forgive me, and accept this explanation of the events. On February 20, 2106 I ran in the Antelope Canyon 50 mile ultra, put on by Ultra Adventures in cooperation with Navajo Tribal Parks. I am…

The Birthday Challenge

  I don’t know if it’s a thing among any other circles, but some rock climbers like to do what is called a birthday challenge–a personal physical test in honor of your age. The main goal, of course, is just to have fun outside with friends who help you along the way. Most commonly, the challenge is to complete one climb for every year you’ve been alive. Obviously, this gets harder as…

Lifting the Shroud: exposing life amidst China’s pollution, and what lies ahead

By Jesse Weber Every morning, Mrs. Wei rises with the sun, laces her tennis shoes, and begins the hike to the top of Zijin Mountain. Her daily routine is more than just a workout; she finds beauty and tranquility amidst the verdant leaves and melodic bird songs muffling the drone of the surrounding city. Mrs. Wei is a Nanjing native, and Zijin Park is her favorite place in her hometown,…

What Are The Odds?

Writing and Photography by Jesse Weber   This is my new favorite game. My friends introduced it on our recent road trip from Tennessee to Idaho. One person in the group thinks of a task for someone else to complete, and challenges that person by asking “what are the odds” that he/she will do it. If they are up to the challenge, that person names their odds, one out of…

Window Shopping in Paris: Reflections on Experiencing the World

Writing and Photography by Jesse Weber During my weekend in Paris, I didn’t see the view from atop the Eiffel Tower. I didn’t shop designer stores. I didn’t sample wine or cheese. I didn’t spend the afternoon at a café in the 6th arrondissement. I didn’t eat a single crepe. I didn’t have a romantic stroll in Jardin du Luxembourg. I didn’t fall in love. What did I do in…

The Bike Like Café: Pizza. Bikes. Music. Reform.

By Jesse Weber Krakow is a place suspended in limbo between old and new. Here, in Poland’s second largest city, remnants of medieval settlements underlie sky-clawing towers of Renaissance castles and cathedrals, surrounded by historic walls, ramparts, synagogues, universities, and residences. As Poland steadily recovers from the recent economic crisis, new commercial and residential developments are made, and many centuries-old structures are now repurposed as chic cafés, boutiques, and nightclubs….

Journey into the Accursed Mountains – Kosovo

Accursed Mountains

An ill-fated solo hiking trip in the Albanian Alps, documented by selfies Writing and photography by Jesse Weber After five weeks of moving between metropolitan centers of Europe, I was seeking a change of scenery and a new adventure. A friend suggested that we take on the Peaks of the Balkans, a multinational hiking trail that traverses the mountainous border regions of Kosovo, Montenegro, and Albania. My friend ended up…

Denmark: Quest for Hyggelig in the Fairytale Kingdom

This article is both a recount of my trip to Denmark, as well as a brief travel guide to the places I visited. I managed to see a lot in my 6 days there, so I have packed lots of info onto this page, which is divided into 2 sections. Feel free to just read the first part, which includes a concise summary of the trip and my overall impression…

Battling the Bloom

This post doesn’t have anything to do with my current trip in Europe, but while I muster the motivation to write something new, here is a link to an article I had published in UT’s Quest Magazine, spring 2014 edition. http://quest.utk.edu/2013/battling-the-bloom/ During the Summer of 2013, I worked as an intern journalist for the University of Tennessee Microbiology Department. My first assignment was to write and design the departmental newsletter…

The Real St. Patrick’s Day – Dublin, Ireland 2014

The Real St. Patrick’s Day – Dublin, Ireland 2014     I went to Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Best idea ever right? Well that’s exactly what everyone else in the world thinks too, except maybe actual Irish people. Although it is a traditional Irish holiday, most of the big festivities in Dublin city are put on by the locals and catered to foreigners. Each year, people from…