This blog is a nod to the compass (or rose compass) in its truest and simplest form. Steeped in tradition, it is a tool that has been in existence for centuries as an aid, to find position and direction. This can be seen both in the physical world and as a symbol; an essence of how people seek direction and purpose in life. It is my goal that the RCompass blog will have become a clearinghouse of ideas for travel, artistic expression, and soul-searching reflected in an eclectic mix of all things related to exploration.
You are invited to join me…and it can become R (our) Compass.
Some look to new experiences to find their hidden or untold story. Travel has historically been a medium of change; often internal and then subtly evident through choices, both big and small. That is not to say that travel is always enjoyable or the scene(s) playing before the tourist is a pleasant one. But it almost always brings about a new awareness of others and/or of oneself.
As the administrator of this site, I (Michelle Rose Kiley) am often a close reflection of my zodiac sign-a Sagittarian (symbolized by the Archer and Centaur). I have an adoration of learning from people, places, experiences, and things. And of course, I would love to learn from you. I believe in learning throughout each stage of life. Although the most gratifying tends to be the knowledge obtained later in life when it can be connected like a tapestry to other strings of knowledge. I am often compelled to uncover new and meaningful experiences, which makes it easy to see how travel can be used as a conduit to appease the Sagittarian in me!
In addition, I also have technical knowledge in the field of tourism with a Master’s in Tourism, Planning, and Development obtained through the Department of Geography. So in addition to inspirational quotes, motivating images, fun sketches, fresh travel ideas, and noteworthy lists; you might see academic journals about current issues involving the tourism industry or even links to sites based in research.
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