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Public Transportation, Robots and Androids: Tokyo, Japan

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017

The public transportation system here in Tokyo is the most complex and impressive I’ve ever seen. Today was my second try and I’ve gotten a grasp on the basics. There are…

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Ramen, Pachinko, and Don Quijote: Tokyo, Japan

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My mission today is to get to the Tokyo Sky Tree. Somehow, I veer wildly off course and never make it. The hungry belly demands attention and I am seeking tempura. Unfortunately, I never find…

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Sensoji Temple, Coming of Age Day, and my Small Fortune: Tokyo, Japan

Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2017

I slept 14 hours last night due to jet lag. After a late start, I stumble onto rainy streets with a growling stomach. A sign with a small notation about vegetarian…

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Hello Tokyo, Japan!

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017

During the 12-hour Japan Airlines flight, I watch videos about Japanese manners and customs and learn that the Japanese drive on the left, you can’t walk down the street and smoke, it’s unacceptable to speak on cell phones on the bus and one must make an effort…

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Back to the Road Again in 2017

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Since you’re reading this, you’ve indulged me in time off and returned again, for which I am grateful. Besides being a mercurial individual whose interests change from hour to hour, I got downright busy with responsibilities in California. A more complete explanation…

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You Just Never Know

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This year is speeding by faster than I can keep up. It started in Tucson, Arizona, followed by a visit to Salvation Mountain in Southern California, followed by sightseeing in Munich and sledding in Bavaria, a visit to London and Glastonbury, a visit to the Parthenon in Athens, and my first trip to Lesvos…

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Camino de Santiago Pilgrim Story #8: Carol, aged 52, from California, USA

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016

So I quit my job and embarked upon my pilgrimage on the Camino. The pilgrimage offered me a major physical challenge as well…

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Snapshots from Lesvos Island, Greece

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016

The main street of Molyvos, Greece retains its village charm with no Starbucks, fast-food chains or big box store in sight. Fig trees line the major road…

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The Ant and the Wing: Keep Trying

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016

This ant had a big load — an entire moth’s wing. Struggling with his heavy prize, it took 15 minutes for the ant to cross just a meter of ground. Just as the ant nearly finished the journey, a strong wind…

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Camino de Santiago Pilgrim Story #7: Patti, aged 59, from Maryland, USA

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I learned of the walk through the blogging community and then we saw the documentary, “Walking the Camino – Six Ways to Santiago” and it…

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Mesmerizing Molyvos, Lesvos Island, Greece

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016

Walking into Molivos’ harbor is surreal. The Captain’s Table, both restaurant and ground zero for the Starfish Organization’s volunteer efforts, is empty, with only Melinda, the…

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One Month in America

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Apologies, loyal readers. Procrastination due to an inflammation of perfectionism has stifled my blogging voice for several weeks. Blame my inner critic — he’s a total jerk. And a lot has happened. From Barcelona, I flew to Norfolk, Virginia. Because…

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Goodbye Greece and How I Failed at Portugal

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

In the chill of the morning, at 5 AM, a taxi picks me up. I cry in the back seat, trying not to whimper. Like a normal person. The taxi driver, his face in darkness, does his best to comfort me in this awkward situation. “I’m sure you’ll come back”, he says. “Nothing is for…

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Lesvos Refugee Aid Fundraiser Follow-up: Thank You!

Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2016

A gigantic thank you to my readers and friends who donated a glorious $1525 (€1350 based on the day’s currency exchange) to refugee aid through my fundraiser. I was able to distribute your donations…

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A Week of Hell: Refugees Evacuated from Lesvos After the EU Agrees to a Dirty Deal

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016

On March 18th, the EU made a deal with the devil…

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My Heart Was Broken and Healed in Molivos, Lesvos, Greece

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

This will likely be my last post from Lesvos Island, Greece. I never expected what I found here — I didn’t know that my heart could be so broken and so healed simultaneously…

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My Valentine Was a Male Lesbian

Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016

The fact that it was Valentines Day escaped me. Only looking back did I realize that I’d spent the afternoon with a local man, making him my default, although not romantic, male Lesbian Valentine. Did you know that…

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The Latest from Lesvos, Greece: Refugee Crisis 2016

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016

Last week, there was a lull in refugee arrivals. Refugee camps were nearly empty, volunteers still attending them as if by ritual without reason. It was a strange time. Volunteers…

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Finding My Way in Molivos, Greece: A Hotspot for the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Continuing my walk, despite the cold, I’m sweating and late for my first orientation meeting with the Starfish Foundation. The…

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Molivos, Lesvos Island, Greece: A Brief History and Photo Tour

Posted on Monday, February 15, 2016

Arriving in Molivos (also known as Mithymna or Molyvos) I’m immediately enchanted by this harbor village with a castle on a hill. What makes it extra fun is the…

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Making it to Molivos and the Painful Truth

Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2016

A kind Swedish man comes to the rescue, giving me a lift, and I am on my way to Molivos aka Molyvos aka Mithymna on the north shore of the island of Lesvos. The way is winding…

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Volunteering on Lesvos: Refugee Crisis 2016

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Jack acquires a rental car and is kind enough to pick me up along with two volunteers from Australia. We arrive at the nearly empty Better Days for Moria refugee camp. With…

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First Days in Lesvos, Greece: Beauty and Pain

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I wake with a headache. I pop some pills and Jack and I go together to the bus (wrong one), which takes us to another bus (right one) which takes us to Better Days for Moria which is…

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The Refugee Crisis on Lesvos Island and Why I’m Going

Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I’ve been studying the refugee situation in Lesvos, Greece for many weeks from afar, trying to make sense of a highly complex situation with many facets. Following, I’ll explain what…

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Visiting the Acropolis: A Dream Realized, a Meeting, and a Marble

Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016

Moments later, I’m standing before the 2,448 year old Parthenon which is under reconstruction. It’s surreal to stand before a building you’ve seen in books since childhood. Somehow, I never…

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