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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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“Italian Days Food Experience” Tour Review from Bologna, Italy

Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2015

I was delighted to be offered a complimentary Italian Days Food Experience Tour in exchange for an honest account of my experience. Fortunately…

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Four Days in Venice, Italy

Posted on Friday, September 18, 2015

The train pulls into the station and I arrive in Venice. The station is a madhouse of people coming and going. I have arrived in one of the world’s most visited cities — far from the solitary corn fields of…

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The End of the European Peace Walk: Day 23 & 24: Trieste, Italy

Posted on Saturday, September 12, 2015

I walk all over the city passing through the Plaza de Unità d’ Italia which is a magnificent…

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Off the European Peace Walk: Day 22: Ljubljana, Slovenia to Trieste, Italy

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015

We enter Trieste from high above, winding down a mountain. Between trees, I catch my first glimpses of the Adriatic Sea, gray-blue…

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Off the European Peace Walk: Days 18, 19, 20 & 21 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Enchanting. That is the word that describes Ljubljana. It is the most beautiful city I’ve seen in all my…

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European Peace Walk: Day 17: Zagreb, Croatia

Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2015

Senja and I made the decision to leave the itinerary of the European Peace Walk and go see Croatia’s capitol: Zagreb…

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European Peace Walk: Day 15 & 16: Update and Varazdin Cemetery, Croatia

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A highlight of my time in Varazdin is visiting Varazdin Cemetery…

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European Peace Walk: Day 14: Lenti, Hungary to Varazdin, Croatia

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Had the European Peace Walk been advertised as an experimental endurance walk through…

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European Peace Walk: Day 13: Lenti, Hungary to Zasadbreg, Croatia

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Paulien and I talk about boundaries and the importance of recognizing…

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European Peace Walk: Day 12: Szentgyogyvolgy, Hungary to Lenti, Hungary

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The entire group, except the most dedicated Senja, decides to take the bus again…

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