Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

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Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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Joga bonito, longa viagem

Many of us are counting the days (not many!) until the World Cup 2014 launches in Brazil. Two DA grads are doing more than counting the days. 

Brazildrive.com is the blog of brothers Grant '08 and David Fowler '10, driving from Durham to Brazil to enjoy their favorite sport on the world's biggest stage. Pictured here are the Fowlers on a side-trip from the World Cup in 2010. 

A bit about their current adventure, from Grant: 

My family has been walking off the beaten path for as long as I can remember. We have never been eccentric or weird by any stretches of the imagination – in fact, we’re a pretty normal family. All things considered, our life in Durham, NC is not exceptionally out of the ordinary. Our travel habits on the other hand, are a different story. The one thing that sets us apart from the average family is our love for spontaneous adventure.

Now, we certainly had the standard family trips to the beach and the mountains and what not. Hell, we even went to Disney World at least once. The difference, though, between my family and the rest, is the stops in between. Largely spearheaded by my father, the Fowler family has been out searching for the bizarre and unknown for my entire life. Searching for wagon ruts in Wyoming? Done it. Shad festival in Grifton, NC? Check. Petroglyph hunting in Utah? Child’s play. I’m not going to pretend we’re the only ones, but I’m willing to bet that not many people have seen some of the wide variety of random Americana that my family has sought out over the years.

After years of detours and explorations, the adventure is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, it has only been growing. Our recent journeys have taken us by car across the US, to South Africa, and most recently throughout southern France, each having kept our family tradition alive. My father passed away in 2004, but we have done our best to fulfill the tradition he instilled in us: the love for adventure, the thrill of the open road, and the thirst to experience life off the beaten path.

So why Brazil? The basic answer is simple: the biggest adventure we have ever faced. Despite our various travels, we have yet to take on something of this size, something that will push us outside of our comfort zone. This is a trip that will provide us with a huge challenge, as well as an incredibly rewarding experience. But that’s just the easy answer.

To get the hard answer, as well as all kinds of photos and tales from their adventures, click to brazildrive.com.

Posted by mbutts in Alumni on Monday May, 19, 2014


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