Author: Dan Friesen

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Mediterranean Antiquities: Greece & Turkey

by Dan Friesen I’ve been pondering for the past 30 to 45 minutes how best to present the sensory-stretching, paradigm-purging, culture-crossing, brain-busting experience of visiting both Greece and Turkey in… Read More

How “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Led to Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address

By Dan Friesen In 1992, my first year leading tours with my father, George Friesen, we took a crazy, cross-country marathon focused on reaching New England during the fall foliage… Read More

Cultural Lesson #1*: European Style versus American Pragmatism

by Dan Friesen * from a presentation of 10 Cultural Lessons given in 2015 The importance of style in the Romance countries – Spain, France, Italy One of the early… Read More

Are the British Isles Really British?

September 17, 2022 by Dan Friesen WAI is excited to offer 3 tours that visit the storied British Isles in 2023. In July, we’re in Ireland; in August, were… Read More

Queen Elizabeth II: A Reflection on Old World Traditions and New World Candor

by Dan Friesen Part 1 of a multi-part series In the past 48 hours, volumes have already been said, written, and recorded in video on the life of Queen Elizabeth… Read More

Did the Irish Really Save Civilization?

  by Dan Friesen In 2003, I spent three weeks circumnavigating the island of Ireland on the initial WAI scouting trip. As usual when visiting a place for the first… Read More

Mosquito River: Getting the Bugs Out in Tanzania ~ Part 2

The blog below was written during the 2013 planning trip I took with Scott Isom to Kenya and Tanzania. One of our primary objectives during in-country scouting trips is to… Read More