Mediterranean Antiquities: Greece & Turkey

June 16, 2023
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

March 5, 2023
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

February 4, 2023
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

Cultural Lesson #6: The Uniquely American Challenge of the 3Cs

January 19, 2023
by Dan Friesen In 2007, I led a group of North Americans on a river cruise through Russia, from Moscow to St. Petersburg. We had a delightful experience as we… Read More

November 19, 1863: Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2022
November 19, 2022by Dan Friesen Today, November 19, 2022, marks the anniversary of one of the most well known and oft quoted speeches in America’s history.  The Gettysburg Address was… Read More

Veteran’s Day Address ~ San Diego 30 Year Reunion

November 12, 2022
Three years ago this weekend, WAI was wrapping up our 30th Anniversary Reunion in sunny San Diego. It was a delightful time of fellowship and renewed friendships and walking together… Read More

Cultural Conundrum on Capri

November 5, 2022
by Dan Friesen By 1999, I had been leading tours in Europe and the USA for about 7 years. Most trips, however, had been through central and northern Europe. Navigating… Read More

Are the British Isles Really British?

September 17, 2022
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