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Otherwise, the articles are below in chronological order.

Accepting Home

April 22, 2013

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This is a hard post to write because I think it would be hard for many to relate to what I’m about to say. I left the U.S. in 2004 and have basically been living abroad since. Each time I went back home things seemed to get more and more crazy. I didn’t see myself […]

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A Wimp’s Guide To Taking A Cold Shower

April 20, 2013

Mohawk In The Shower

I think I’ve taken more cold showers than heated showers thus far on The Happy Nomad Tour. I’ve developed a bit of a system since I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold despite growing up in extremely cold Cleveland, Ohio. So, here is a wimp’s guide to taking a cold shower should you […]

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Photo Friday – Plaza de Cibeles – Madrid, Spain

April 19, 2013

Plaza de Cibeles - Taken 13-Feb-2013 - Madrid, Spain

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Meeting An Awesome Future Olympian

April 17, 2013

With Morgan Tracey

While on my way home to surprise my mom for Christmas I had a long delay in Newark. I arrived in Newark at 5am and was supposed to head to Cleveland at 9:05am. But there was an hour of maintenance on the plane. Fine. But then a strange problem occurred – they couldn’t open the […]

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Happy Nomad Tour Update: The Start Of A New Era

April 16, 2013

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That’s kind of a bold title, but in many ways this is the start of a new era for me and for The Happy Nomad Tour. I keep everything in chronological order on the website, but on a handful of occasions I break in with a real-time update. Yesterday I arrived on the island of Cyprus. At […]

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Cultural Incompatibility: Hitting Children

April 13, 2013

Smacking

I hesitate even calling this a cultural incompatibility because this is a behavior, or dare I say, a parenting style that cuts across all cultures. It’s not like machismo, which is widespread throughout Latin America, but male chauvinism varies from place to place. In all of Scandinavia I am pretty sure it’s illegal to hit […]

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Photo Friday – What Is Your Mission? – Bombay, India

April 12, 2013

What Is Your Mission - Taken 19-Dec-2012 - Bombay, India

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l’m Different..And Dangerous

April 10, 2013

Me With Tequila AK-47

Two recent headaches inspired me to write this post. Since I’ve chosen to live a very different kind of life, one that doesn’t make sense to many people, there are some undesirable side-effects. Flying Home When I flew home from Bombay to surprise my mom for Christmas I underwent the craziest security check I’ve ever […]

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A Tour Of India’s Most Infamous Slum

April 8, 2013

Mom & Kids

What kind of mental images come to mind when you hear the word slum? I presume nothing good comes to mind. And this slum in particular, Dharavi of Slumdog Millionaire fame, might conjure images of nasty men coercing children into begging. But, as you can imagine, the story is more complicated than that. Dharavi is […]

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Monkeying Around At Breakfast Time

April 6, 2013

Monkey Invasion

What to do when monkeys descend on your friend’s house in Ahmedabad, India? Take lots of pictures.. Enjoy!

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Photo Friday – A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Or A Tandoor Cooking Roti – Delhi, India

April 5, 2013

A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Or A Tandoor Cooking Roti - Taken 24-Mar-2013 - Delhi, India

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What Is Beauty?

April 3, 2013

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As I travel I get to see far off places that stick to local customs that may be thousands of years old. Other places are more “modern” and globalized, adopting more Western customs in their lives. Either way, the concept of beauty is by far one of the most obvious differences I find as I […]

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A Story Answering Why I Travel

April 1, 2013

Me And Tushar Gandhi

I awoke at 6am in Ahmedabad, a normal time to wake up in previous versions of my life but not here in India. In India everything seems to start later, and even then everyone shows up late anyway. I headed to the park five minutes from my friend’s place in the pitch black darkness. Tushar […]

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Sabarmati Ashram – Gandhi’s Ashram In Ahmedabad, India

March 30, 2013

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While visiting my friend in Ahmedabad, I visited the Gandhi Ashram, also known as Sabarmati Ashram. Gandhi lived here for 12 years. It was from here that he undertook the salt march, a 241-mile, 24 day march to the sea to protest the British tax on Indian salt. Gandhi and his followers were beaten mercilessly […]

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Photo Friday – Colorful, Wonderful Holi – Delhi, India

March 29, 2013

Colorful, Wonderful Holi - Taken 28-Mar-2013 - Delhi, India

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I Quit

March 27, 2013

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No, I haven’t quit being a Happy Nomad, nor writing for this site. It’s a bit of a play on words since the verb “to quit” is the same in present and past tense. In this case, I refer to the past. When I went home to surprise my mom for Christmas I opened a […]

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A 12-12-2012 Reunion 12 Years In The Making!

March 25, 2013

The Appetizers - A Work Of Art

12-12-12 will always be a day I remember. In the year 2000 I was a freshman at Ohio State University. I had three roommates, but the only one I really got along with was Karan. He was from India, from Ahmedabad. I’ll never forget how he said it because it wasn’t until he actually showed […]

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