Born in 1960 to his European mother Joanna
Hubbs, Ph.D. (who is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow and retired
Professor of Russian and European Cultural History and Literature,
author, and now president and senior editor of Transitions Abroad), and
to Clay Hubbs, Ph.D.,
publisher and editor of the award-winning Transitions Abroad magazine.
Gregory is fortunate to have traveled, studied, volunteered, and
lived abroad for many extended periods of his life. In fact, Gregory's
life has been the embodiment of much of what Transitions Abroad has
discussed and promoted since its inception—educational, responsible,
cultural immersion travel, and living abroad.
By the age of 4, Hubbs had lived in England for 3 years and already taken a major journey starting in 1963 in a VW bus, being driven by his fearless and perhaps naive guidebook-free parents through various civil wars, coups, and bandit attacks across the countries of North Africa (including the Algerian/Moroccan Sand War), and the Middle East (coups in Damascus and Baghdad)—while navigating the many marginal roads to be found in the deserts and mountains of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey & Greece, Iraq, and Iran on the way to India following the trail of Alexander the Great and other explorers. Greg still remembers vividly the incredible hospitality, the smiling faces, of so many locals across Mediterrean, North African, and Middle Eastern countries, with black and white photos to illustrate as well as endless unbelievable stories recounted by his parents.
During the ages from 8 to 10, Gregory slowly made his way with his parents through much of Western and Eastern Europe—including several months in the Soviet Union while his mother researched her book on Russian cultural history—in yet another VW bus, this time being tossed into a French school for a year near Paris without knowing a word of the language. There he lived, by chance, next to the first hippie commune in France, played with their rock band in avant-garde nightclubs in Paris as the drummer to great reviews(!?), cavorted with the Living Theater, and came to see and know more than a child his age probably should have.
Thanks to his adventurous and highly educated parents, by the
age of 10 Gregory could thus lay claim to having been tugged through
more Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman temple ruins, cathedrals,
mosques, and museums than many of his peers, and had initiated
a wide reading of world religious texts, mythologies, and fairy
tales that became a primary influence on his future education,
imagination, and identity as a world citizen.
At the ages of 14-15, Gregory attended a French high school in the south of France and discovered how little he knew and how overwhelmingly friendly the locals living on the French Riviera can be to an American willing to speak and respect their language and culture.
At 16, he volunteered to help reconstruct an ancient watermill
deep in the French Vaucluse mountains,
and a castle in Burgundy, through R.E.M.P.A.R.T., in
the same rugged manner by which they were originally constructed,
and based upon the experience wrote one of the first articles
published by Transitions Abroad magazine in 1977.
When Hubbs graduated early from an American high school, he spent a semester of cultural immersion study and travel with college students in Toulouse, France, including a home stay with a hospitable French family via the Experiment in International Living program while attempting translations of the visionary and highly influential poetry of Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud and other writers.
Many subsequent years of backpacking with a Eurail
pass through Europe on a meager budget every summer preceded
and ensued with occasional visits to his parents' modest 12th-century watchtower in Tuscany to beg for money in
return for physical labor restoring crumbling walls
of Etruscan origin. Some summers were spent
sleeping on a Rome rooftop with bats flying above as he overlooked the
Castel Sant'Angelo and the ancient skyline to the soothing music of Mozart and Bob Marley (for reassurance).
Gregory's academic background includes a bachelor's degree in
a self-created curriculum that he centered on the History of Ideas, a humbling and interpretive study of what constitutes the nature of a wide variety of geniuses across the ages (don't ask), and
French Symbolist Poetry from then ultra-ultra-ultra-Liberal Hampshire College,
taking most core classical literature and philosophy courses at
Amherst College, Smith College, and Mount Holyoke College as part
of the unique and unparalleled Five
College Consortium in Amherst, Mass. Hubbs undertook intensive
graduate studies at the University
of Paris, Sorbonne in French and Comparative Literature, along
with German Idealist and Existential Philosophy. While living
in Paris, he read voraciously in several languages, visited museums
daily while walking the city in custom-tailored garb as was then quite common, and sought to live, with a sense of irony, like a 19th-century flâneur as depicted by Baudelaire and Balzac. He attended numerous seminars at the Collège
de France and elsewhere with then-fashionable philosophers
and theorists such as Michel
Foucault and Jacques
Derrida as well as poets such as Yves
Bonnefoy. Gregory blames this academic route entirely on his parents since they raised him to be a dreamer, intellectual, and idealist rather than a pragmatist obsessed with acquiring material wealth.
In an ill-advised period of rebellion against a nomadic life
with his parents and many years wandering the world solo and en famille,
Gregory consulted in Information Technology in San Francisco and New York
City, which allowed for very extensive long-term travel and financial freedom,
but prevented total immersion in the passionate pursuit of interests overseas
which honor his father's very influential work. Now editor-in-chief, he is
very pleased to travel as much as possible while working with experts in their
respective fields, professional travel writers, as well as contributing freelancers
towards continuing the evolution of TransitionsAbroad.com as the
premier no-nonsense web guide and webzine dedicated
to work, study, travel, living, and volunteering abroad.
Extremely proud and honored to be the son of Dr.
Clay Hubbs, the founding editor and publisher of Transitions
Abroad Publishing, Inc. (founded 1977), Gregory Hubbs
assumed the role of web content editor in 2004 and editor-in-chief
in 2010. Gregory wished to bring his father's years of trailblazing
work to a wider domestic and international audience, while
ultimately extending the scope of the original mission by
adding his experience and expertise, which is evolving
from travel at all stages of his life.
Early years (1963) in the Valley of the Kings and Giza, Egypt.
Hanging out with goats and camels (1963) in Morocco.
|Well-fed by our hosts abroad at 4 in 1964, with Dr. Joanna
Hubbs and Dr. Clay Hubbs, after a return from
a year-long trip starting in our 3-year London base, down
through Western Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East,
and the Eastern Mediterranean. We traveled without maps
(just Herodotus as a guide) in our VW bus following the path
of Alexander the Great, and were frequently lost, somehow
located by no one.
|Appropriately blurry, hanging out with a French hippie in
a Commune near Paris in 1969—after a year of
travel in our 2nd VW bus. First, Greg crossed Western Europe
through the Soviet Union, then he attended 3rd
grade in France without knowing a word of French on the first
day. Immersion led to memorizing scores of poems,
finishing at the top of his class in math and marbles, while
at the bottom in penmanship.
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