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28 Days to Better Health: Week Two in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2017

Before I go on, I want to recommend Chiang Mai as a great “starter” destination for the adventurous but inexperienced traveler. I’ve been enough places to have…

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28 Days to Better Health: Week One in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My feet are sore from walking this new and unfamiliar territory. This month, I’m living inside a walled city, built in 1296. This one-square-mile of ancient city was once…

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From Tokyo to Thailand and Beginning A Healing Journey

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The seven-hour journey from Tokyo to Bangkok was simple enough but jarring upon arrival; going from winter cold to a sweltering heat that reminded me of tropical Jeju Island. I spent one night in loud…

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A Day of Serendipitous Surprises in Tokyo, Japan

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017

Today was like a series of weird dreams. By subway, I head to the Harajuku District, a very touristy and densely populated area of Tokyo. I only have one destination in mind: The Kawaii Monster…

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The Search for Wonderful Washi: Tokyo, Japan

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017

I’ve always been a paper addict. In fact, giving up my handmade paper collection was one of the hardest partings I experienced when relinquishing most all of my worldly items back in 2013. I admire…

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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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