Marshall S BerdanMarshall S. “Mike” Berdan, is a freelance writer, currently living outside of Hartford, Connecticut. He was born and raised in Ohio, but attended college in California and graduate school in Texas, earning two degrees in English Literature. He taught English at the high school level for three years before accepting a position as a business journalist in Sweden.  Upon returning to the United States, he relocated to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a consultant for a major public relations firm and then as writer/editor for an environmental think tank working on sustainable natural resource management projects in developing countries in Asia and Africa.  In 1996, he moved to Hong Kong as his new wife had accepted a three-year assignment from her company. While there, he fell into free-lance travel writing, both for the local English-language daily and for a company which produced the in-flight magazines for several Asian carriers. Upon returning to the Washington, D.C. ,area in 1999, he continued his travel writing, transitioning primarily to the Sunday travel sections of major metropolitan dailies. He now has over 200 published stories to his credit and has appeared frequently in papers such as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, The Miami Herald, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.  In 2003, his wife accepted a job in Connecticut, and the family relocated, eventually settling in a colonial era home in Glastonbury.  As a result, Mike’s travel writing came to focus increasingly upon New England and traveling with children, supplemented with the occasional overseas piece, generally the result of a family trip.