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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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Am I really going to do this?! I asked myself. I hadn’t hitchhiked since age 18 when I spent a summer at Chateau Lake Louise in Canada. Few of us who worked there had cars, and there was no public transportation to the nearest town Banff. I remember three of us (safety in numbers?) once piled into a car that was being carried on a transport truck. After arriving safely, …

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A nomad traveler garnered attention recently with a blog post entitled, I’m Not Living the Dream. (I bet some folks shared his post with a comment like “See? Nomad travel is not all it’s cracked up to be!”) It is, of course, a fact that issues arise while traveling, and lots of them can happen on long trips. There will be undoubtedly be more issues if you travel like this …

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It’s June – and time for a collage-style recap of where I have traveled since I made the big move to “location indie” last fall. After spending a few months getting ready, I decided my trip would last six months, starting in Europe in shoulder season, moving on to Asia in early December, and ending up with the last six weeks “down under” before flying back to California. I booked …

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I was on the ferry to Manly Beach on a gorgeous sunny day, absorbed in the sights of Sydney Harbor. A man had been looking in my direction, and seemed intent on speaking. His question startled me. Am I a “stranger” here? To me it was a deep question! I consider myself a traveler, a world citizen, a connection, a mentor or a friend in waiting…I rarely “feel” like a …

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Continuing from Prime Ministers: Part 1 Power in China: A Premier You Forgot, and the One Who Didn’t Need to Be In the 1970s China began student exchange programs with countries that had recognized it diplomatically. Canada had recognized the P.R.C in 1970, and I was fortunate to become a foreign exchange student at Beijing University soon after graduating in Asian Studies from U.B.C. We students had no inkling of …

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I had taken a short afternoon nap to beat the heat in Varkala. For some reason the electricity was still out in this South Indian beach town. As I walked down the path from the guesthouse to the cliff to have lunch, I was startled by a helicopter suddenly flying right over my head. The guesthouse laundry was drying on the clothesline in the yard – the sheets and towels …

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Continued from Honoring the Ancestors in Vilnius Part 1. The next day I was fortunate to accompany the family again – this time to attend to the grave of Inija’s late husband, Krivis Jonas Trinkunas, with whom she shared a life of archiving and reviving pagan traditions, as well as singing ancient folk songs. After the Soviet government banned him in 1973 from his university teaching post, he spent two …

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Walk with your gods and goddesses, and revere your ancestors in all that you do, and become one with them. From the forests of antiquity to the realms of your mind’s embellishments, be mindful of your fore-bearers, and hold them dear to your heart. (Romuva religious community) Today is the 16th of February – why did I suddenly feel it was time to write this story? I didn’t consciously know …

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Here are my recommended strategies. Some of them I practiced in the past, but they have taken on greater meaning and importance on this trip. Gratitude. Every day I write down 3 things I am grateful for, and what I affirm for myself. I always feel uplifted by this simple practice. Forgiveness. Every day I do a brief but deep ritual to release blame and judgement of myself and …

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I was so excited to be on the road exploring Europe – making up each day and route, and seeing places I had longed to see for the first time. My pace was rapid, and I was having a blast! Then one day I arrive in Milan, and suddenly can’t turn my neck in either direction – oops! There was no physical cause. What was my neck trying to tell …

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My third tale about Nordic hardiness is about a guy who met his moose. On my autumn visit to northern Sweden and Norway, I opted for a very long train ride from Oslo all the way up to Narvik, at the 68th parallel. I wanted to see the fjords and the northern lights. In the south, I enjoyed beautiful scenery of lakes and tall leafy deciduous trees. Here in the …

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Can the Nords of today, for example, endure a flight from Southeast Asia to Scandinavia – 11 hours – with no urge to visit the loo? I was waiting for my flight to Malaysia from an airport in a small city in Thailand. There was a large Swedish tour group checking in for their return flight home. I heard a stunning announcement. This was on a day in January …

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The quirky little town of Genoa has a saloon with a red brick façade; the sign welcomes visitors to “the oldest thirst parlor in Nevada.” Across the street is a bar proclaiming itself to be the youngest. The antique and jewelry stores are chock-full of genuine items – everything from rusty square nails used by gold miners to gorgeous silver jewelry crafted by local native artists. There is a striking …

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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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