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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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Athens, Greece: A City on the Edge

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016

I’ll admit I’m shocked. I was first and last in Athens in December 2013 and only for a few hours. That day, on a layover, I made a beeline to the Acropolis, staying entirely in the tourist zone. This time…

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The Graffiti of Athens, Greece: Unbridled Expression

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I’ve never encountered a city with more graffiti and street art than Athens, Greece, although Berlin and Buenos Aires are close second contenders. Nearly every inch of wall space has been beautified…

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40 Hours in Enchanting London, England

Posted on Monday, January 25, 2016

To say that London is a contrast to Munich is an understatement. Considerably warmer, it’s also considerably denser, paranoid and manic. It’s been ages since I’ve been in a city this crowded, noisy, and fast…

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72 Hours in Bavaria: Munich, Germany

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

I continue strolling until I find myself in front of Munich’s famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel, an animated clock in the tower above the New Town Hall. Despite the ancient appearance of the magnificent New Town…

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Hitting the Road Again and Ready to Fly

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Well, my dear friends and faithful readers, I’m back. A much needed time of introspection and dare I say stagnancy (wow!) did me good. And now I’m hitting the road again in a big way. For many weeks, I’ve been spinning a delicate…

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Finding Inspiration at Salvation Mountain in Slab City, California

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Journey to Salvation Mountain, a wondrous display of folk art rising out of the floor of the Sonoran Desert. I dare you not to be amazed…

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Shoe Review: Hoka One One Challenger Trail Running Shoe

Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015

In preparation for the long-distance European Peace Walk, I needed a good long-distance walking shoe. I purchased a pair of Hoka One One Challenger Trail Running Shoes…

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Camino de Santiago Pilgrim Story #6: Laura, aged 54, from Oregon, USA

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Laura shares her Camino story walking the Camino Frances from St Jean Pied de Port to Ponferrada, and then the Camino de Invierno…

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Camino de Santiago Pilgrim Story #5: Resi, aged 57, from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015

How many times have you walked a Camino? And which ones? Camino Frances, once in the spring of 2013. What caused you to decide to walk…

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Taking Time Out From Traveling

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015

In the tumult, mist and roar was the realization that I, a nomad, intensely wanted to “go home”. What do you do when you’re a travel blogger and you want to stop…

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Follow-Up to My Fundraiser for the European Peace Walk

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015

As my last post about the European Peace Walk, I want to thank again all those who donated to me on GoFundMe and supported me along…

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European Peace Walk: What to Know Before You Commit

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015

What to know before you commit to the European Peace Walk. Twelve points to ponder before you decide…

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