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Aug 26, 18

Cat in Buddha Arms

This is so awesome. A blogger loved one of the photos I took in Ayutthaya, Thailand and wrote a little...

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Aug 13, 18

A Day with Greta Garbo

Today, I spent some time with one of the biggest stars in the history of Hollywood, right here in Stockholm,...

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Jun 8, 18

Kicked out of Church

So I was kicked out of church today. Visited the beautiful cathedral in Bratislava, a very historical place and site...

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Jun 1, 18

We Will Always Have Vienna

June 1 (Day 1) 7-hour bus ride from Zagreb + 2 border crossings = not enough sleep. Still, I am...

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May 17, 18

Mostar Chill

On my first day, I explored the city, and on my first night, I followed the advice of several locals...

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May 11, 18

Too Much History in Sarajevo

Just finished the excellent Free Walking Tour of Sarajevo. So very different from any walking tour I have done in...

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May 10, 18

The Podgorica Challenge

On my bus ride to Sarajevo, I had a 9-hour layover in the capital of Montenegro, PODGORICA. Now, Montenegro is...

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May 7, 18

Magical Mesi Bridge

Yesterday was absolutely magical. While I was sitting in the hostel, with no adventure in the foreseeable future, two of...

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May 5, 18

Stranded in Shkodër

I arrived in Albania six days ago with the intention of being on a trail high in the Accursed Mountains,...

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Sep 8, 17

Stop Complaining Forrest

“Alfombras no Camiño de Santiago, arte efémero para a paz no mundo” (Carpets in the Camiño de Santiago, ephemeral art...

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Sep 4, 17

Camino Portuguese:
Finished

At 11 am on August 31, 2017, I arrived in Santiago de Compostela, Spain after walking 675 kilometers, beginning on...

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Aug 30, 17

Camino Portuguese:
Last Night Before Santiago

I’m sending love to my original Camino Family from 2 years ago, and at the same time thinking of all...

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Aug 24, 17

Camino Portuguese:
Trampy Day at the Beach

Along the way over the past week, I saved the life of a little boy (seriously.. he almost got run...

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Aug 21, 17

Camino Portuguese:
Entering Porto

Now the path to Santiago splits in three directions. I had initially planned to walk the more historical central route,...

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Aug 15, 17

Camino Portuguese:
Camino de Fuego

This route is intense. I can honestly see why the route from Lisbon to Porto is not so popular. Many...

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Aug 4, 17

I Need a Big Floppy Hat

I stepped off the plane and immediately stopped to take my sweater off and feel the warm sun on my...

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Jul 30, 17

Ólavsøka 2017

I enjoy so much just walking the streets of Torshavn, saying hello to the few people that I know, and...

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Jul 27, 17

A Walk Across the Faroes

Faroes uninhabited vast mountain interiors are perfect for an off-grid escape. I could post 100s of photos of the Faroes,...

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Jun 29, 17

Big Bad Mountain Made Me Cry

I’d like to dedicate this post to one of my dearest friends Jomayra. When I met this very special lady...

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Jun 21, 17

Lake Bled:
Trampy Family Reunion

Gotta keep moving, and so exactly one week after I arrived, I boarded a bus to a location that is...

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Jun 16, 17

Spending time with THE BELOVED

As a few of you know at this point, about one week ago I reluctantly decided to stop walking the...

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Jun 7, 17

Magic to Misery

Three nights ago was MAGIC. I had just finished walking my third day on the Slovenian Mountain Trail and had...

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Jun 3, 17

A Reminder to Live

Yesterday morning, at 7 am, I began the Slovenian Mountain Trail. I began walking at the Plague Memorial in the...

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Jun 1, 17

In Slovenia Without a Clue

Three years ago, when I was doing the research to go on my very first long-distance trek, I found a...

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May 21, 17

The Castle of the Dark Knight

Bohemian Paradise aka Český ráj I felt like I rushed through my last post, there was so much more information...

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May 20, 17

Bohemian Switzerland by Foot

Hiking in Northern Czech Republic I knew I wanted to do some hiking in the Czech Republic, and it didn’t...

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May 13, 17

The Adventure Has Begun

Making my way to Bohemian Switzerland It took three train transfers to get to the very remote Czech Republic ‘train...

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May 11, 17

Walking in the Footsteps of Queen Latifah at Grand Hotel Pupp

I Could Live at Grand Hotel Pupp But seriously, I have been to the Pupp every day that I have...

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May 10, 17

Karlovy Vary Healing Waters

Onward to Karlovy Vary With my first village experience in the Czech Republic drawing to an end, I woke early...

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May 8, 17

Český Krumlov a Fairytale Village

Day-Trip From Prague I was right about a few things regarding this amazing little town. Český Krumlov is indeed an...

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May 5, 17

Venice Scavenger Hunt

Unlike many people, I don’t have an opinion about children one way or the other. Of course, there are times...

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May 4, 17

Cheap yet Fabulous in Venice

Venice on a Budget TO SLEEP: Generator Hostel Venice Probably the most expensive place I will stay this entire summer....

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Mar 29, 17

Road Trip to Wadi Damm

Having one day off per week limits the distance you might consider traveling for an adventure. However, in two weeks...

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Feb 28, 17

London Tube Walking Map

SKIP THE TUBE The last time I was in London, I barely got on the Tube at all. I walked...

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Dec 2, 16

Camping on Jebel al Jais

A Sleepless Night THE BAD: We camped fairly close to the top of the mountain, at one of the new...

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Aug 29, 16

Summer 2016 In Review

IT IS REALLY, FINALLY OVER. Tomorrow I fly back to Dubai, after 4.5 months of travel. Turkey > Bulgaria >...

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Aug 11, 16

Free Willy in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen: Looking for Adventure Before I left for Iceland and the Faroe Islands, I had spent a full week...

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Jul 30, 16

The Perfect Beard

We had a late night last night. Woke up and had some coffee. It still seemed quite early for there...

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Jul 29, 16

My First Taste of Ólavsøka

Ólavsøka: Faroese National Holiday Today is the first of the two-day, Ólavsøka national holiday events. I made my way downtown...

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Jul 28, 16

Adventure Aboard the Norðlýsið

A Spontanious Adventure I could have probably stayed in Syðrugøta one or two more days to help with further break-down...

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Jul 26, 16

Landing at the G! Festival

Finding Family in the Faroes I had written to the management of the G! Festival while I was still in...

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Jul 10, 16

My Introduction to the Faroes

A Quick Tour of the Faroe Islands My LOVELY friend Sanna dropped me off at my new temp job in...

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Jun 29, 16

Crisis Averted in Reykjavik

When I arrive in the Faroes on July 8 (at 3 am!!), I head to the very small, VERY BEAUTIFUL...

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Jun 20, 16

Making a Break for Reykjavik

From Akureyri to Keykjavik So I’m biting the bullet and I am taking the bus on the 7 hr trip...

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Jun 17, 16

Iceland has ruined me forever!

So Many Epic Waterfalls For so many years of travel, if I happened to see a quaint little waterfall, I...

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Jun 16, 16

A Day Spent at Tivoli Gardens is a Day in Heaven

Yesterday I went to the oldest theme park in the world. The not so famous Bakken, deep in the woods...

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Jun 16, 16

Personal Crisis in Reykjavik

I left Dubai on May 15 and started my whirlwind tour through Europe in Istanbul, carefully budgeting every purchase with...

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Jun 14, 16

An Angel Took Me to ÁSBYRGI

Somehow, This All Worked Out I slept extra long because: (1) because my down-feather sleeping bag is beyond comfy, and...

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Jun 13, 16

Thumbing my way to Dettifoss

Hitchhiking Iceland I’ve never hitchhiked before, but I am going to need to in Iceland if I want to see...

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Jun 9, 16

Seyðisfjörður to Egilsstaðir

Nothing went as expected yesterday. I made the trek back into town to talk to the Seyðisfjörður tourist info booth...

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Jun 2, 16

Pilgrimage to Bakken

A few days ago, while taking the Copenhagen Free Walking tour, the guide spoke about the magical and famous Tivoli...

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May 22, 16

Positive Karma Payback

Something happened to me when I was leaving Bucharest, and I have not been able to get it out of...

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May 21, 16

A Night in Dracula’s Hometown

After getting off the local train (filled with festive gypsies, that is another whole story in itself), I walked toward...

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May 18, 16

Hollywood in Transylvania

Braşov boasts everything from dynamic modern city life to old world charm and fascinating scenery. Brașov has the best cleanliness...

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May 16, 16

Getting Rest in Bucharest

So my ‘Vacation from the Vacation’ is over. A full SIX days spent in a very chilled out hostel in...

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May 9, 16

Belogradchik Fortress – Best of Bulgaria

Getting to Belogradchik I arrived in Belogradchik last night to find the hotel I was booked in was overbooked, so...

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May 5, 16

Melnik: An Unexpected Pleasure

Мелник / Melnik This tiny Bulgarian town is confined to a ravine between two towering cliffs. It is fairly hard...

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Apr 21, 16

Turkey to Bulgaria by Bus

I arrived two hours early at the bus station in a suburb far outside of the Istanbul city center for...

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Apr 17, 16

Istanbul Scary Carpet Caper

I had planned on spending the entire day in old town to cover all of the sites. I woke up...

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Apr 16, 16

Return to Istanbul

I had fun filming Trampy the Dinosaur taking rides on the luggage carousel until after a while I was the...

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Apr 15, 16

First Blog Post

I love the anxiety and flashes of terror related to setting out on a solo/epic trek. Departing what has become...

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