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 #6: The Uniquely American Challenge of the 3Cs

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, 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

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

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

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