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Life in Greece, Transition and a Conundrum

Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2018

It’s my first summer in Greece and the scene is entirely different than what I’ve experienced before.  Tourists arrive from all corners of the world and now I’m on the other side of the traveling equation…

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Paperwork and Patience

Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2018

Our marriage behind us, and our wedding legally registered, it was urgent that we proceed with the paperwork required for me to stay in the country longer than the 90-days allowed for Americans.  Without that permission, married or not, I would have to leave again…

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Immigration Ain’t for Sissies

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2018

Amazingly, it’s been over two months since my marriage.  Time is flying by.  Life with Stelios is wonderful but not without complication and challenge.  That’s life, yeah?  In the last two months, I’ve discovered on a very personal level that immigration ain’t for sissies.  The challenge is…

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A Love Story from Lesvos

Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018

After many months in retreat in California, I returned to Lesvos Island, Greece in early January. The short days have been bitterly cold, most shops and restaurants are closed and time is best spent huddled by a woodstove and making soup rather than gallivanting in wind and rain…

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Preparing to Meet Opportunity with Open Arms

Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It’s only August but this year has already been an amazing one.  Travels to Japan, Thailand, Croatia, and Greece and domestically to Portland, San Francisco, and…

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Photo of the Week: Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA

Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I recently visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a family get-together in a faraway and previously unknown-to-me place.  Being from the West Coast of the country, the humidity…

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Photo of the Week: Seal Rocks and the Pacific in San Francisco

Posted on Sunday, September 3, 2017

On a brief stop in San Francisco, I introduced friends to the relics of the Sutro Baths which are located in the Richmond District and sit at the mouth of the San Francisco Bay.  Sitting…

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“SSSS” on Your Boarding Pass: A Traveler’s Dread

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Have you ever received a boarding pass with the letters “SSSS” printed on the lower corner?  Those troublesome letters mean you are a chosen one; chosen for “Secondary Security…

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Photo of the Week: Summer Drink in Portland, Oregon

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

On a recent brief visit to Portland, Oregon, my closest girlfriend and I sat in the garden and caught up after a year apart. I couldn’t help but be taken by the fresh…

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A Perfect Afternoon in Old Town Chania, Crete, Greece

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2017

It’s such a pleasure to walk the backstreets of old town Chania around the spectacular Venetian harbor.  Even in the busy tourist season, one can find serenity in this…

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