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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Photo Friday – Advice To Live By – Toronto, Canada

February 7, 2014

Advice To Live By - Taken 2-Feb-2014 - Toronto, Canada

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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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A Night Stroll And Two Birthday Parties In Tbilisi, Georgia

February 3, 2014

Tbilisi At Night

On a random night in Tbilisi, Georgia I went for a nice walk through the old town with a friend. We walked up and down the hills, all the while I wondered how the babushkas (grandmas in Russian) can handle these intense inclines. I also wondered how people can navigate these hills during the winter, […]

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Photo Friday – Golden Horizon From 40,000 Feet – Atlantic Ocean

January 31, 2014

Golden Horizon From 40,000 Feet - Taken 27-Jan-2014 - Atlantic Ocean

Photo Friday – Golden Horizon From 40,000 Feet – Atlantic Ocean

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A Few Days In No Man’s Land – The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

January 28, 2014

Daily Life In Shushi

Nagorno-Karabakh is a difficult place to explain. If you look for it on a map it’ll be a region inside Azerbaijan. To the international community it belongs to Azerbaijan. But the population is 100% Armenian as the Azerbaijani population was driven out during the war fought over this territory from 1988-1994. Though they proclaim themselves […]

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Change Your Paradigm – Be A Filter

January 26, 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 – Lazy Leopard Napping In A Tree – Serengeti, Tanzania

January 24, 2014

Lazy Leopard Napping In A Tree - Taken 15-Jan-2014 - Serengeti, Tanzania

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A Week In Armenia

January 21, 2014

Old Armenian Orthodox Church

I headed to Armenia with a very specific mission: speak at TEDxYerevan. My first full day in Yerevan was spent at the rehearsal and my second day was the event itself. Unfortunately, I spent so much time preparing for the speech that I didn’t really pay any attention to what to see and do in […]

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Speaking At TEDxYerevan

January 19, 2014

Giving My Speech

I had the privilege of speaking at TEDxYereavn on September 14, 2013. It was an incredible experience for so many reasons. It was the biggest platform I’ve had to date to share my story and try and inspire people to pursue happiness and “take the plunge” in their own way. I shared four tips to […]

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