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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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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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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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