Cappadocia, Turkey – Caves, Hot Air Balloons, And Serene Beauty

March 17, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Over Cappadocia

Cappadocia. I didn’t know much about it before I went to Turkey, but I knew it was a beautiful place I had to visit. Little did I know what an amazing place it would be. Getting there wasn’t easy. I didn’t buy my bus ticket ahead of time and the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Fitr […]

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Photo Friday – Beautiful Pier – Cleveland, OH, USA

March 14, 2014

Beautiful Pier - Taken 8-Mar-2014 - Cleveland, OH USA

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Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

March 12, 2014

Desert At The Doorstep

Sulaymaniyah is a town in northeast Iraq not too far from the Iranian border. Apparently there is a bit of a rivalry between Erbil and Sulaymaniyah as both are big cities and both wanted to be capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. In the end Erbil is the capital, but you may want to answer carefully when […]

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Change Your Paradigm – Acceptance

March 10, 2014


There’s more to life than the American Dream we’ve been sold. In this series I present an alternative way to view the world and your surroundings. There is so much out there to experience, enjoy, and incorporate into our lives. It’s all there for the taking, but getting there is the hard part. In this […]

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Photo Friday – Hanging Out – Serengeti, Tanzania

March 7, 2014

Hanging Out - Taken 17-Jan-2014 - Serengeti, Tanzania

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Erbil, Iraq

March 6, 2014

Erbil Citadel And Fountain

I arrived in Erbil not knowing what to expect. I knew there weren’t many tourist attractions, but I wasn’t here to be a tourist. I wanted to learn more about Iraq and Kurdistan. I caught a taxi from the bus company’s office to the center of Erbil (also written Arbil in English and in Kurdish […]

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How The Happy Nomad Tour Rolls – Asking “Why Not?”

March 3, 2014

Body Painting? Why Not?

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 – Lion + Flying Gecko – Serengeti, Tanzania

February 28, 2014

Lion + Flying Gecko - Taken 16-Jan-2014 - Serengeti, Tanzania

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An Introduction To Kurdistan

February 27, 2014


In October 2013 I traveled from Tbilisi, Georgia to Iraqi Kurdistan. Kurdistan I think Kurdistan needs a bit of an explanation. The Kurds are the largest ethnic group on the planet without a homeland to call their own. The area where Kurds live was carved up after World War One leaving the Kurdish area split […]

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1000 Miles, 3 Countries, 3 Days – The Georgia To Iraq Adventure

February 24, 2014

Turkey Says Goodbye

October 7-10, 2013 As I mentioned in this previous post, it wasn’t easy to hit the road again after such a nice experience in Georgia. Here’s how overcoming that static friction manifested itself – and a glimpse into the nitty gritty details of traveling I usually gloss over for brevity. Tbilisi To Batumi (Georgia) I […]

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Photo Friday – Winter Wonderland – Cleveland, Ohio, USA

February 21, 2014

Winter Wonderland - Taken 15-Feb-2014 - Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Overcoming Static Friction In Tbilisi, Georgia

February 19, 2014


First thing’s first, what is static friction? Kinetic friction you are already aware of, the friction when an object is in motion that leads to a loss in momentum/energy. Static friction is the friction between two objects that are not moving. Generally, more force is required to get an object moving from its static position […]

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A Walk Through A Georgian Antique Market

February 17, 2014

Old Soviet Passport

It all happened by accident. We were driving around and I asked my friend what was happening alongside the street. She said there was an antique market happening and asked if I wanted to see it. Sure! I even told her “I probably won’t buy anything because I never buy souvenirs. I have no space […]

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The Most Important Lesson On Love I’ve Learned

February 14, 2014

Dog I love you pillow

Though I’m still happily single (see 2012′s My Happily Single February 14th, 2012 and 2013′s Another Happily Single Valentine’s Day), I think something important is overlooked on this holiday of love. Today is a day to celebrate love. That’s great. Though it’s too commercial I definitely see value in taking a day to celebrate something so […]

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Gori, Georgia – Home Of Two Legends: Joseph Stalin And Uplistsikhe

February 12, 2014

Inside The Museum

Gori is home to two important sites in the human story. One isn’t so positive, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, and the other a cave city dating back over 3000 years called Uplistsikhe. Only an hour from Tbilisi, it’s easy to see both on a day trip from Tbilisi. There is also a castle in […]

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Going Back In Time In Mtskheta, Georgia

February 10, 2014

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Mtskheta is one of Georgia’s oldest cities. In fact, it’s one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. It was once the capital of Georgia. Just 20km/12mi north of the current capital Tbilisi, it lies at the junction of the Aragvi and Kura rivers. It’s a treasure for those seeking to understand Georgia. Jvari Monastery […]

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