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    Freedom At The 22nd Level in Nigeria

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Freedom At The 22nd Level As I open the door of the car, my nostrils are bombarded with the incessant stench of garbage and urine. The parking lot is filled with random people; vagabonds who live here, with their never-ending arguments about everything from politics to football; trader women who provide the vagabonds with local […]

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    Solace in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Wilderness has long been a source of intrinsic romantic notion with all generations of man, perhaps because the word itself stems from the word “wild.” Uncultivated, uncontrolled, unrestrained wilderness beckons to many of us that seek to peel away the layers of cultivation, punctuality, and boundaries that modern life has imposed. Travelling is similarly intertwined, […]

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    Freedom by Truck in Canada

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    The place I feel most free may not sound free’: it’s dark, small, and I do a lot of sleeping there. No, it’s not a room under the stairs, a storage closet, or a woodshed. My place of ultimate freedom beat the lonely waves of the Pacific Ocean, the expansive sand dunes in the Gobi […]

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    A place that allows you to feel free

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    I would love to see the sun rise and set while I stand on the top tower of the great walls of China and then I would eat the delicious looking Chinese noodles I see on TV before I go to bed or I could go mountain climbing in Himalaya, China on Mount Everest where […]

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    Alone with the Divine in Pakistan

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Alone with the Divine in Pakistan No one in the world but God knows where I am. Four o’clock in the morning: Karachi, Pakistan. It was the season of the Hajj, and the above thought struck me as I sat in the small airport café. My plane had been late arriving from Bangkok, I had […]

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    Travel Dreams in the USA

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    TRAVEL DREAMS I know the fluorescent lights are making my pale skin look green. “I want to run away,” I thought as I pulled my laptop out while grasping the bar on the right side of the recliner allowing me to move effortlessly from a seated position to a supine one. Feet up, sequined pink flip-flops framing my […]

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    Freedom at 14,000 Feet in India

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    After 6 hours of uphill driving, passing by one of the highest roads in the world, Chang La, Lina and I feel the air around Pangong Lake. A fortress of mountains around us acts like a bowl which seems to hold us gently and lay us softly on the mildly meandering lake. This is the […]

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    Freedom in between the sights in Laos

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    There is a freedom to the road rushing past the window, a joy in those inbetween places. Ragged towns cling desperately to roads between more lauded cities, throwing out a tendril of stalls to draw decadent travellers in. Hidden valleys sneak behind the other sides of mountains, where the road hurries round to the prettier, […]

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    Soul Food in Santa Fe, USA

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    “Santa Fe is a special place,” informed one of my travel companions, as we made our way from Albuquerque to Santa Fe one late spring afternoon. As a native Texan, my new friend had been traveling to the city for years, and she had recently spent her honeymoon there, so I figured she might be […]

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    Freedom From Concentrate in Turkey

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    I break through one of the many crowded entryways to the world famous Grand Bazaar and let out an audible, astonished gasp. Never in my life have I seen so much activity in one place and it’s happening all around me; 360 degrees. It’s crowded, noisy, stiflingly hot and smelly-in ways both pleasant and not. […]

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Jul
28

Freedom At The 22nd Level in Nigeria

Freedom At The 22nd Level As I open the door of the car, my nostrils are bombarded with the incessant stench of garbage and urine. The parking lot is filled with random people; vagabonds who live here, with their never-ending arguments about everything from politics to football; trader women who provide the vagabonds with local […]

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2014-07-03_53b5c1041d0eb_DobrothTravel.jpg
Jul
28

Solace in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

Wilderness has long been a source of intrinsic romantic notion with all generations of man, perhaps because the word itself stems from the word “wild.” Uncultivated, uncontrolled, unrestrained wilderness beckons to many of us that seek to peel away the layers of cultivation, punctuality, and boundaries that modern life has imposed. Travelling is similarly intertwined, […]

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Jul
27

Freedom by Truck in Canada

The place I feel most free may not sound free’: it’s dark, small, and I do a lot of sleeping there. No, it’s not a room under the stairs, a storage closet, or a woodshed. My place of ultimate freedom beat the lonely waves of the Pacific Ocean, the expansive sand dunes in the Gobi […]

Read More
2014-07-03_53b59567e9249_Sunset.jpg
Jul
27

A place that allows you to feel free

I would love to see the sun rise and set while I stand on the top tower of the great walls of China and then I would eat the delicious looking Chinese noodles I see on TV before I go to bed or I could go mountain climbing in Himalaya, China on Mount Everest where […]

Read More
2014-07-03_53b55671698fe_images.jpg
Jul
26

Alone with the Divine in Pakistan

Alone with the Divine in Pakistan No one in the world but God knows where I am. Four o’clock in the morning: Karachi, Pakistan. It was the season of the Hajj, and the above thought struck me as I sat in the small airport café. My plane had been late arriving from Bangkok, I had […]

Read More
2014-07-03_53b4a00f5a8e6_image.jpg
Jul
26

Travel Dreams in the USA

TRAVEL DREAMS I know the fluorescent lights are making my pale skin look green. “I want to run away,” I thought as I pulled my laptop out while grasping the bar on the right side of the recliner allowing me to move effortlessly from a seated position to a supine one. Feet up, sequined pink flip-flops framing my […]

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They Said

pacific
Apr
29

Midwest Bones in the USA

Most of my life felt like I wanted to crack the door and let it all escape, like visiting a pet store and having an urge to free the puppies. A split second image comes to mind of prisoners running free while standing in slow motion satiated. I needed out. It started with a broken […]

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Batanes
Apr
29

Batanes, Philippines: Never Saw Blue

It was the green that caught my eye, the first time I saw photos of Batanes in a book as a teenager. I knew where the Batanes Islands were, of course, we had studied it in school: the northernmost province of the Philippine archipelago, nearer to Taiwan than to Luzon. This point was always emphasized […]

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Xcacel iguanas
Apr
28

Secrets of the Riviera Maya in Mexico

“This is the womb of the world,” he says, looking out at the sea which forms into waves so clear I can see the silver fish carried inside them. Water churns around our shins in foamy currents, threatening to destabilize our footing. “People are re-born here,” he continues, his gaze firmly on the sea. Daniel […]

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angel of gethsemani
Apr
28

Abbey Road, Kentucky

It’s the winter of 2009 and I find myself eager to take a holiday, to abandon my work and leave the cell phone and computer behind, but mostly to have a Christmas (since the death of my parents) that doesn’t involve my being an orphan at someone else’s table. It’s always a difficult decision, how […]

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We Said

lotushonolulu
Sep
26

Oahu: Oct 3rd Travel Talk Story

Travel Talk Story with We Said Go Travel: Living without Regret Have you dreamed of long-term international travels across Asia? Considered quitting your job to become a travel blogger and book writer? Want to connect with travel-minded community members? Festival of the Pacific is a celebration of travel and transformation hosted by We Said Go Travel. The theme, […]

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spotify
Sep
25

Thailand: Have You Been Spotified?

Before departing to Asia for the year, I dutifully loaded my ipod with hundreds of songs to accompany me overseas. I deemed my decision prudent, in that I would be armed with a variety of music from genres diverse as heavy metal, bebop jazz, and hip hop music. However, three months into our trip, I […]

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Lumbini, Nepal
Sep
23

Is Flying Always Preferable to Overland Travel?

Is Flying Always Preferable to Overland Travel? by George Rajna When traveling abroad, the majority of travelers fly between locations with the obvious advantages of speed and convenience despite the far higher costs associated with air transportation. Even though air flights have advantages, going overland between countries can lead to visiting locales that are often […]

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Sep
21

Myanmar: Mandalay Traffic at 26th and 83rd (video)

WATCH: 41 Mandalay Traffic at 26th and 83rd, Myanmar (Burma) There are no traffic lights or stop signs. There are so many cars, motorbikes and vehicles. It is not so easy to cross the street. The traffic at the intersection of 26th and 83rd was incessant. I actually enjoyed it like a show! This is the […]

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