Mary Knapke writes, teaches and occasionally wanders far from home.

I have experience in marketing for the travel industry and higher education and was a regular contributor to a regional special-interest newspaper.

My first travel love is Ireland, and my current obsession is China. I’ve studied, worked and traveled in 13 countries so far.

I hold bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and German from Ohio University and a master’s degree in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway.