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John Buckley
John Buckley: Mental Malaria

John Buckley

Mental Malaria

realvail local since: November 1, 2007

Buckley, a lifelong Vail native, can trace his Colorado roots back to the early mining days when his family operated The Buckley Bros. store in nearby Silverplume (the store can still be seen off of I-70 on the way up to Vail from Denver). After graduating from college in 1998, he returned to Vail to work for Peeples Ink Public Relations, where his job focused on promoting Vailís summer season.

In 2003, Buckley caught the travel bug and moved to Queenstown, New Zealand to experience a Southern Hemisphere ski season. Before returning to his life and job in Vail, he travelled his way home via Australia and South America. Though he re-established himself as a Vail local, he continued to fuel his passion for travel with annual international trips over the subsequent two years. Dating back to his initial trip in 2003, Buckley has travelled through Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Panama, Malaysian Borneo, Thailand and Myanmar.

Though reluctant to leave his hometown once again, the allure to see other parts of the world proved too strong and Buckley moved to Daegu, South Korea in October of 2007 to spend a year teaching English. His regrets that he will miss another epic Vail ski season, though intends to log several days on the hill in Korea and nearby Japan. He has plans to travel his way home to Vail again in 2008.

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