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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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