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    Wishing upon a star in Iran

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    ‘Where will you be at the end of your trip?’ ‘If everything goes as planned, I’ll be watching the sun set over glorious Palangan.’ These were my thoughts two days before heading to Iran. I had shared them with one of my closest friends. I knew that I had a long way to go and […]

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    My tryst with independence in India

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    For as long as i can remember, I have been an independent soul. My father, a fiercely independent man himself, always tried to instill the sense of independence from when I was little. He would explain the small things in life that made us independent – read your own books – it’s the biggest joy […]

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    #TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for inviting me to enjoy the Taste of Los Angeles 2014 as a member of the media. It is  “A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THAT’S AUTHENTICALLY L.A.” I went to Field to Fork on Saturday morning which was hosted by Russ Parsons & Nancy Silverton. “Indulge in the bounty of California with […]

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    In Transit in Croatia

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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    Rural Relaxation in Malawi

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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    On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

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    Forgotten Thank Yous in India

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    When you are travelling to the North-East of India, you expect to be feasting your eyes on the snowcapped mountains, the sun rise and the greenery. You expect to wrap yourself in a stole while drinking that hot cup of coffee, bang in the middle of the month of June. You expect to visit all […]

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    Mountain Freedom in Australia

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    The only time I feel free is when I am alone. But what does alone mean in this world? We can be on our own, yet our phone and computer lures us, tempting us with Facebook notifications, tweets, emails, and text messages. Despite most people needing solo time to recharge, we’ve become addicted to company. […]

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    Dancing Away the Sequins in Turkey

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    In many traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures women are responsible for ensuring the honour of the family. Men’s passions are uncontrollable and wild, and all women are Eve, the temptress with the apple. He cannot help but succumb so a man is never held responsible for his sexual behaviour. The guilt is attributed the […]

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    From Relatives to Absolutes in India

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    From Relatives to Absolutes in India Let me get straight to the point: leaving one’s home is an absolutely essential element in order to ‘feel free’. Let me get straight to another point: the above sentence makes a presumption that you already have a home. The context of home, independence and freedom is not absolute, […]

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Sep
1

Wishing upon a star in Iran

‘Where will you be at the end of your trip?’ ‘If everything goes as planned, I’ll be watching the sun set over glorious Palangan.’ These were my thoughts two days before heading to Iran. I had shared them with one of my closest friends. I knew that I had a long way to go and […]

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Sep
1

My tryst with independence in India

For as long as i can remember, I have been an independent soul. My father, a fiercely independent man himself, always tried to instill the sense of independence from when I was little. He would explain the small things in life that made us independent – read your own books – it’s the biggest joy […]

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Aug
31

In Transit in Croatia

I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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Aug
31

Rural Relaxation in Malawi

My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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Aug
30

On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

Read More
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Aug
30

Forgotten Thank Yous in India

When you are travelling to the North-East of India, you expect to be feasting your eyes on the snowcapped mountains, the sun rise and the greenery. You expect to wrap yourself in a stole while drinking that hot cup of coffee, bang in the middle of the month of June. You expect to visit all […]

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They Said

Apple in Germany
Feb
17

Bartering with a Billionaire in Singapore

Michael Wigge redefines the term “adventure travel.” For some, adventure comes in the form of scaling mountains and bungee jumping. For Wigge, the adventure lies in engaging with strangers, couch surfing, getting from one country to the next with no money and even crossing Germany….on a Razor scooter.   After travelling the world for 150 […]

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Feb
17

The Heart of London, UK

I will always be grateful to my grandmother for taking me to a place that once I laid eyes on; I knew I would never forget. Ever since I was ten I longed to visit London. Three years later I got my wish and found myself on a seven hour plane ride heading towards discovery […]

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Feb
16

Petermann Island, Antarctica: Eden on Earth

My first trip to Antarctica was aboard M/V Akademik Shokalskiy, the same Shokalskiy that was beset in ice for a month in December 2013. My voyage occurred a few years earlier. Twenty-eight passengers sailed from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula. That venerable vessel weathered a Force 9 gale through the Drake Passage. I did […]

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Nagsasa
Feb
16

Hakuna Matata in the Philippines

I’m not sure about the precise moment when time was seemingly put to a halt. The sun was ablaze as my torso bobbed with the small boat that waded through the strong current. I was in partial slumber as my circadian rhythm insisted on catching up with its supposed state of snooze some hours before. […]

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We Said

Sep
25

Realize Your Dreams!

Are you tired of two weeks of vacation time and want to break away from the cube to explore the world, then don’t miss out on this event! Date: Tuesday, October 18th | Doors: 7pm India’s Oven | 11645 Wilshire Blvd. – 2nd Fl. Join us in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at […]

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Sep
18

Survivor Samoa

Survivor Samoa Or How did I fall on my Head and other survivor stories at Virgin Cove. Leaving Los Angeles for a summer of sun in Samoa and the South Pacific, I had no idea of the Survivor Stories that would unfold so quickly. It took us nearly 3 days just to get there as we […]

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Sep
16

Hands-on Science Boot Camp

It’s a Hands-on Science Boot Camp for Teachers. There was an entire group of Science Specialists from my Los Angeles Science Teacher Network at the Anaheim Boot Camp 2010. You can see Joseph and I learning in the front row at the Steve Spangler all day training in Los Angeles last year. I love Steve […]

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Sep
11

George and Lisa in the News!

Hello Fellow Travelers! Thank you to everyone for supporting us and for coming to our travel events inLos Angeles! We appreciate all who tweeted about our events, shared an email,found us and even SHOWED up to one of our events! Thank you for creating acommunity! We loved having over 65 people show up at Traveler’s […]

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