Stop Work Travel | 2016 January

January, 2016

 

One of the gladdest moments in human life is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off…the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares, and the slavery of Civilization, we feel once more happy. –Richard Francis Burton (a British explorer who learned 29 languages) I saw the sign on a hill overlooking Ha Long Bay. On a short trip through Vietnam, …

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You can get what you want or you can just get old. –Billy Joel The World is Waiting for You! For years I believed in my own stories of lack. I had reasons for not traveling that I didn’t question. Single mom. Work full time. Spend vacations visiting far-away family. If I had money I didn’t have the time, or vice-versa. My perspective has changed drastically since those days! Of …

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Zigzagging through Europe I had fun drawing my route on this map. Looking at it, I am amazed that I traveled to all these places! The map shows my approximate route through Europe, starting in Berlin and ending in Zagreb. I traveled by train, bus, ferry and car from September 18 to December 5. Though the mileage shown is not dead accurate, I went at least 5428 miles (8736 …

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The first step in creating the life you want is to get rid of all you don’t. — Joshua Becker I opened my first commercial storage unit after my mother passed away. The Downsizing Whirlwind Years before that, she had asked me to claim what I wanted of the family goods and let her know. She had begun donating books, clothes, gear, and tools that were no longer wanted. At …

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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it or not. Ralph Waldo Emerson I’m in ecstasy to walk through the brilliant green forest of Mount Floyen on this gorgeous fall day! I could take the funicular to the peak, but it goes partly under the mountain, whereas by hiking I can see the harbor and town below me …

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Wenn Dee Hahn kraht auf dem Mist, dann ändert sich das Wetter, oder es bleibt wie es ist. When the rooster crows on the dung heap, the weather will either change or stay as it is…  Blocky apartment buildings, built hastily and cheaply after the war. My first impression walking through Berlin is of ugliness – block after block of…well…blocks! I soon happily discover that Berliners love nature. People stroll …

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Gesundbrunnen, Berlin Bring only one suitcase for all your valuables – no more! You can wear your fur coats. Yes, even in summer when it is 35 degrees. You may get very hot. The bunker may stink.  But you won’t be here long… …because there is no ventilation in this bunker. Candles will be lit when you enter the room. Notice the Maximum Capacity numbers on the wall.  The …

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