I've never been a religious person. I've always considered myself a spiritual person, but to me that's a very important distinction. Visiting Japan last year, I came more closely in touch with religion than I have ever before - from a positive point of view rather than a critical one. Internally I felt a shift… Continue reading Where Zen Lives – Japan and Religion
I recently returned from a visit to Japan on a wonderful guided tour with G Adventures. Upon returning home, everyone has asked me my favorite part of the trip. Normally I need a bit of time after I travel to truly asses what my favorite aspect has been. However this time, almost without hesitation, I've answered "visiting the… Continue reading Emotions Running High – Visiting Hiroshima, Japan
This weekend while on a trip to Chicago, I ventured into the Art Institute. Wandering through, finding my museum pace, drinking in all the incredible works, listening to their stories and backgrounds through my handheld "I'm a tourist" device, and fully entering the zone when suddenly Sunday in the Park by George Seurat appeared before me.… Continue reading Finishing the Hat – My Encounter With George Seurat
Welcome to the Exploring Historian! I'm so glad you've found your way here. I'm Samantha and this is my journey to explore the world through travel, art, and history - three pillars that I hope will bring us on an enlightening and enjoyable journey. On this blog you will find many different things, but ultimately… Continue reading Where Shall We Explore Today?