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Funny And Crazy Stories

Some of the funny and crazy stories I’ve experienced on The Happy Nomad Tour

Spending A Night At The Uganda-Kenya Border

July 23, 2014

I Was The First Person On The Bus

My very cool yet very different Christmas experience in Burundi left me hoping I’d get to meet Carole! She was so nice to let me stay in her place while she was at home in Eldoret, Kenya celebrating the holidays with her family. Originally she planned to come back to Burundi, via Uganda, when I […]

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Umuganda – Cleaning Up Rwanda And Building Communities

July 9, 2014

Masaka Umuganda November 22 2012

My first full day in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, was on Saturday, December 28th, 2013. I arrived the evening before and was staying with a German friend of Martin and Jonas – though neither had actually met him in person. He and his roommate were extremely nice, but they forgot to mention something important about the […]

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A Crazy, Crazy Christmas In Burundi

July 7, 2014

Welcome To Burundi

It wasn’t my goal to spend Christmas in Burundi. But I found a free ticket using my frequent flier miles from Hargeisa, Somalia (Somaliland) to Bujumbura, Burundi on December 23rd, 2013. Burundi seemed as good a place as any to spend Christmas, so why not? I would arrive on December 24th due to an overnight […]

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Visiting A Camel Market In Hargeisa, Somalia

July 2, 2014

Smiling Camel - Taken 22-Dec-2013 - Hargeisa, Somalia

I had planned to go to Las Geel and Berbera while in Somaliland. There aren’t many touristy things to do, but seeing some early signs of civilization in majestic caves and seeing some shipwrecks off the Gulf of Aden would suffice. I had read online that I could go to Las Geel for about $80, […]

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Somalia – Lovely At Christmastime

June 30, 2014

He Asked Me To Take His Picture

“So wait, you went to Somalia..for Christmastime?” “Yes, I did.” It’s a conversation I’ve had far too many times since visiting Somalia in December 2013. This article will serve as a record of my experience, and perhaps a gentle nudge that you too should visit! I got to Somalia by taking a buses in […]

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Harar, Ethiopia – Holy Islamic City & Feeding Hyenas!

June 25, 2014

Feeding The Hyenas

Harar was an interesting place to visit after Lalibela. While Lalibela is an important city in Ethiopia’s Christian history, Harar is central to Ethiopia’s Muslim history. Considered the 4th holiest city in Islam (after Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem), Harar in many ways is a symbol of what could be. Muslims and Christians have been living […]

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Reveling In Ethiopia’s Cheap & Efficient Medical Care While Battling Infection

June 23, 2014


On my fourth and final full-day bus ride of the week I visited Lalibela, Ethiopia, I woke up knowing something was wrong with my stomach. It was the fourth time that week I had to get up at 4:30am and I knew my stomach didn’t like severe disruptions to my normal schedule (whatever that is). […]

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Stuck In The Middle Of Ethiopia – 4 Days On Buses For One Day In Lalibela!

June 16, 2014

Pushing The Bus

When my friends in Lebanon convinced me that I had to go to Ethiopia, they specifically mentioned that I had to visit Lalibela. They said it was 1000 times more impressive than Petra. I hadn’t been to Petra yet, but that seemed a bit hard to believe! Well, like everything in life, the good things […]

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Adventure Underwear – Protecting Your Goods While Traveling

June 2, 2014

Adventure Underwear

For whatever reason, I get a lot of emails from people looking to promote products and services. I ignore most, but when Nigel from Adventure Underwear contacted me I saw great promise in what he had to offer! He invented underwear that was not only comfortable to wear, but also had waterproof pockets to safeguard […]

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Leaving Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport: “Pull Down Your Pants”

May 28, 2014

Pants down to ankles

I left very early from Jerusalem to go to Ben Gurion Airport with a nasty cold in tow. I was heavily questioned on the way in and expected the same on the way out. I caught a shared taxi at 6:30am and arrived at the airport at 8am for my 11:50am departure. I arrived about […]

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Finding The Real Happy Nomad In Jordan: Mefleh

April 23, 2014

Mefleh Smoking A Cigarette

I have to be honest. I’m a fraud. Not exactly, but I have a confession to make. Although I call myself The Happy Nomad, after meeting a man in Petra, Jordan, I now must revise that to “A Happy Nomad” at best. The man I met, Mefleh, is truly a happy nomad in every sense […]

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My Biggest Screw Up As A Couchsurfer

March 31, 2014


I’ve couchsurfed extensively on The Happy Nomad Tour. It’s a way to meet locals everywhere I go, not stay in sterile, boring hostels, and save money. So far I’ve had tons of positive experiences, making friends for life along the way. In Ecuador I accidentally broke a pot’s lid and I had to replace it. […]

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Patience

February 5, 2014


Many people have asked me how I could just leave my job and seemingly travel perpetually. How can I afford it? How do you find places to stay for free all the time? How do you find places to volunteer? All questions I’ve received by email, and now I’m sharing the secrets in a series […]

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Working With A Breathworker For The First Time

November 3, 2013


While in Cyprus I had the opportunity to work with a breathworker for the first time. To summarize, breathworkers help people connect within (the soul, cousciousness, whatever you want to call it) and work through their issues. It’s all natural, no plants or drugs are used, and it’s truly something to experience. There are many […]

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A Love Letter To Halloumi Cheese

September 24, 2013

Halloumi On The Grill

Oh halloumi, you dazzled me with your salty brine goodness during my three months in Cyprus. Your high melting point sets you apart from your cheese brethren, being the only cheese you can grill. Likewise, no acid is needed in your preparation because, in the words of Bruno mars, you are amazing just the way […]

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Trying Not To Die Before Leaving India

August 27, 2013


I woke up on a Monday morning. Something was wrong. I felt weird. Something didn’t feel right. I dizzily stumbled to the bathroom and had some diarrhea. After being in India this long, a one-off session of diarrhea was nothing abnormal. I then stumbled back to the mattress on the floor that I called home […]

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Celebrating Holi, The Festival Of Colors, In Delhi, India

August 25, 2013

Holi thumb

Holi is a Hindu festival celebrated primarily in Northern India and Nepal. It’s called the festival of colors and by no means does it disappoint. Holi is celebrated as one of the many good triumphing over evil stories in Hinduism. In this case, a devotee of Lord Vishu triumphing over Holika (where the term Holi […]

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