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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A Toy Library And English Conversation Club

March 26, 2014

A Toy Library In Ankara, Turkey

While in Ankara I had the opportunity to experience two cool things in one location – a toy library. I was brought to the library by my Turkish couchsurfing host. I had never heard of a toy library before, but was told it actually started in the U.S. It immediately made sense to me. Kids […]

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Ankara – Turkey’s Capital City

March 24, 2014

Anıtkabir - Flowered Flag

I went to Ankara the first time because I found a cheap flight from there to Lebanon and it was close to Capadoccia. As the bus got closer to the city I felt like I was riding through the suburbs of an American town in the Midwest. So strange! Ankara has seen lots of growth […]

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My First Hot Air Balloon Ride – Capadoccia, Turkey

March 19, 2014


It all kind of came together by chance. I hadn’t planned on doing a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, but when presented the opportunity I was powerless to say no. I was picked up from where I was staying before sunrise. The company I went with, Turkiye Balloons, fashions themselves as the most professional […]

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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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