Come Along for the Ride

What is this Blog?

Travel Sketches is a conversation I will have with you about my life and travels. I will include facts, history, my daily encounters, and anything that strikes my fancy.

Don’t just take it from me. Hear what others are saying about this blog:

Interesting perspective – Dawna
Really enjoy hearing about your adventures – Marsha
Great article !!!  – Jim
One of the best travelogues yet! – Jan
I feel as though I am being both entertained and educated – Jerry
You tell a great story!! – Kathy

Table of Contents

United States – Begins at (3 posts)
            and (4 posts)

Europe – Begins at (1 post)

United States – Returns at (4 posts)

Panamá Begins at (33 posts)

Ecuador Begins at (18+ posts)

Germany – Begins at

England and Wales – Begins at

About Me

I am a US citizen intent on traveling. I have retired from two long-lasting careers: an ordained minister with an exclusive ministry in sacred music (organist-choirmaster), and a book dealer (2 stores and Internet selling). Another shorter career was as a data manager in medical research. Today, I am pursuing a writing career.

I am a freelance writer currently living in Europe. I a travel with a backpack and a computer. Not only do I travel lightly, I also participate in slow travel, staying up to 6 months or more to absorb the locale, the people, the food, and the customs. I spent 9 months in Panamá and 1 year stay in Ecuador. I made many of the mistakes expats make, but I think I have grown from these mistakes. I have published print and e-books (Second Harvest Books) and have written for magazines and newsletters in the fields of travel, history, religion, and music. Locally, I write for YapaTree. I have traveled extensively – 47 states, Canada, Mexico, Panamá, Ecuador, and Europe. Some of my works can be seen in part at I also publish the blog

You might be a fellow traveler, an armchair traveler, or a wannabe traveler. If so, join me in my travels. I will give you facts, feed your fantasies, and inspire you to travel. If you subscribe to my blog, I will give you all of this and more. Let me know how you’re doing; I’d love to hear from you.  Come along for the ride.

Warren R. Johnson

My Writing

I currently have 5 ebooks available: How Do I Make Sense of the Pipe Organ (US $.99), Wine Fiction: A Bibliography (3rd edition) (US $4.99), Select Wine Bibliographies (US $6.99),  Free Campsites (with Restrooms) Western USA (4th edition) (US $6.99) and Panama Sketches (US $1.99).

I have 1 print book available: Church Music Service Planning Notebook) (US $23.95 includes USPS Media mail postage).

I have written for both magazines and newspapers. Some of these digital articles can be found in whole or in part at:

You may request any of these for free.

Blogs/Websites I Follow


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