Lviv, Ukraine – Coffee, History, And Art

December 17, 2013


In some ways Lviv reminded me a lot of Kosice. Both have histories dating back centuries, both have been part of different nations at different times, and both are incredibly beautiful. In Lviv’s case, it was founded in 1256 and came under Polish control in the 1300s. It remained Polish until the Austria-Hungary empire took […]

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Being Away From Family

December 15, 2013

With My Family In January 2013

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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Photo Friday – Prayer – Lalibela, Ethiopia

December 13, 2013

Prayer - Taken 11-Dec-2013 - Lalibela, Ethiopia

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kosice, Slovakia

December 10, 2013

St Elisabeth Cathedral

Kosice is a fascinating crossroads of modern and historical Europe. It was recognized in 2013 as the European Capital of Culture. Below are ten things you probably didn’t now about this beautiful city. The Kosice Peace Marathon is Europe’s oldest marathon, and the second oldest in the world. It happens the first weekend in October. […]

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Kosice – Slovakia’s Gateway To The East

December 8, 2013

St Elisabeth Cathedral

Kosice is a special place. I could tell when I arrived though maybe my judgment was clouded by the fact that everyone I talked to from there and from Slovakia as a whole were so incredibly nice. When primed so positively, it’s easy to like what you see. The history of Kosice is the stuff […]

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Hungary Won’t Let Me Escape – An Unplanned Day In Miskolc, Hungary

December 7, 2013

Beautiful Train Station At Sunset

Oh Hungary. Such mixed opinions about this place. It’s home to two of my favorite people, but the Hungarian Post left a permanent sour taste in my mouth. After spending a month in Debrecen, Hungary’s second biggest city, waiting for my camera to be delivered, I finally cut my losses and bought a new one so […]

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Photo Friday – Village And City Life Collide – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

December 6, 2013

Village And City Life Collide - Taken 5-Dec-2013 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Everything Happens For A Reason – Even Month-Long Delays In Hungary

December 1, 2013

Yukimi And I

Despite my angst at having to wait a month in Hungary to get my camera back from Sony, which ended up not happening, something great happened at the end of my stay here! On a Friday evening I got a message from a Japanese friend I went to business school with. She all of a […]

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Photo Friday – The World’s Most Contested Piece Of Land – Jerusalem, Israel

November 29, 2013

The World's Most Contested Piece Of Land - Taken 20-Nov-2013 - Jerusalem, Israel

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An Unexpectedly Awesome 31st Birthday

November 26, 2013

The RONCS Bar In Debrecen, Hungary

I thought I would spend my birthday in Ukraine or maybe Slovakia. But due to my excessive wait for a resolution to my camera drama, I ended up spending it in Debrecen, Hungary. I fully expected to spend it alone, which I was ok with. But when you least expect it, some unexpected awesomeness has […]

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Debrecen, Hungary – Home For Far Longer Than Expected

November 24, 2013

Debrecen Botanical Garden

I never expected to stay more than a couple days in Debrecen. In the end, thanks to my camera drama, I stayed for about four weeks. I am very lucky to have an amazing friend in Debrecen attending medical school there. I met Sahaja at Ohio State many years ago and our paths keep on […]

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Photo Friday – Pray For Peace – Jerusalem (Jesus’s Tomb)

November 22, 2013

Pray For Peace - Taken 20-Nov-2013 - Jerusalem (Jesus's Tomb)

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My 3-Continent Camera Drama Extraordinare

November 19, 2013


I’ve had good luck with my technology while on the road, but that came to a screeching halt this year. When I returned home in December I got a new camera – the DSC-HX30V. My previous camera was on its last leg and it served me well for the over 40,000 pictures it took. The […]

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Budapest – A Tale Of Two Mindsets, 2006 and 2013

November 17, 2013

Hungarian Parliament

I first visited Budapest in 2006. It came at a tough point in my life. I had been working for the oil services company for two years at that point. I didn’t have much of a direction for my life. I knew I wasn’t happy and if I didn’t make a change I would perpetuate […]

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Photo Friday – Desert Parking Lot – Wadi Rum, Jordan

November 15, 2013

Desert Parking Lot - Taken 8-Nov-2013 - Wadi Rum, Jordan

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Some Places Feel Better Than Others

November 12, 2013


Have you ever arrived in a place and felt something? Maybe you felt great; maybe you felt like something was off. Maybe you felt nothing; maybe you felt “at home.” It’s hard to isolate this feeling from your own internal biases. Maybe a place feels like home because you’ve lived there your whole life. Maybe […]

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Goodbye Cyprus

November 10, 2013

I Love Cyprus

What can you say about a place so near and dear to your heart? I arrived in Cyprus with the intention of recuperating after my frequent health problems (aka diarrhea) in India. I wanted to see if this island, which I visited once before in 2006, could be a home. And I wanted to visit […]

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