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Adventures of a Voluntourist: Greece

GREECE | Saturday, 10 Jul 2010 | Views [1258]

WorldNomads, the company that hosts this blog, contacted me to see if I was interested in contributing stories about voluntourism to their Responsible Travel page. I was pleased to do it and my first (of four) stories appears here: http://journals.... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

An interview on blogtalk radio...

USA | Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | Views [1121]

I was recently interviewed by Kim Orlando of Traveling Mom for her blogtalk radio show. Have a listen! (Tip: If you don't have the patience to listen straight through, my part begins at around 20:00 into the show--just slide the cursor forward.) http:... Read more >

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On war, struggle, and saying goodbye...

VIETNAM | Sunday, 16 May 2010 | Views [2014]

My last official day at the orphanage was Friday, but I couldn't stay away. After meeting with a new friend on Saturday, I introduced her to the kids who have stolen my heart. Today, I returned to the orphanage alone to say my goodbyes. When it was ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

Beware dog lovers...

VIETNAM | Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Views [1403] | Comments [4]

Dog lovers, beware. You may want to skip this post. Okay, well don't say I didn't warn you. But in the vein of "when in Rome," I experienced my first taste of a local delicacy: dog meat. Yes, really. Trust me, I felt more skittish about ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, food & eating

On the Mekong, motorcycles, and volunteering...

VIETNAM | Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Views [1010] | Comments [1]

After a few days of relaxation in Sihanoukville (a sleepy Cambodian beach town), it was off to Vietnam. The first stop was Chau Doc, which is a small city in the Mekong Delta. It was while in Chau Doc that I had the pleasure of experiencing a motorcycle ... Read more >

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Living la vida locust...

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 6 May 2010 | Views [1418] | Comments [1]

After the last post, I thought it was time for something light. Something crunchy. Something chock-full of yummy protein. I mentioned that the heat was interfering with my appetite. Well, I'm happy to report that it didn't last long. It returned in ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, food & eating

Exploring Angkor Wat...

CAMBODIA | Monday, 3 May 2010 | Views [1393]

I am now in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Incidentally, the road to Siem Reap was paved last year, so what was once a bumpy, 9-hour drive is now smooth and can be done in less than half that time. I love Cambodia. Siem Reap is a relatively large city, but ... Read more >

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Entering the land of smiles...

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 2 May 2010 | Views [1446]

I never did make it to the night market. After asking around, I was advised that the area was too dangerous due to its proximity to an encampment, and since the local authoritites have been threatening a crackdown that could happen at any time, it would ... Read more >

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Searching for Buddha...

THAILAND | Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | Views [934] | Comments [1]

I did run into Buddha several times today, and he wasn't wearing a red shirt. Instead, he was decadently adorned with gold leaf or carved from green jasper.  Buddha must've been a fancy guy. I began my leisurely search for Buddha by taking a boat ride ... Read more >

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Bidding India namaste...

INDIA | Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | Views [811]

Today is my last day in India. After three weeks, I feel I've seen and done enough to fill twice that amount of time, yet I find myself no closer to answering the perplexing and inevitable question, "What is India like?". I cannot presume to ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, cultural observations

My last day at the center...

INDIA | Sunday, 19 Apr 2009 | Views [846]

After several days of volunteering in a cramped room in 100+ degree heat, we finally had a morning with a breeze, making the temperatures tolerable enough to take the boys to the park. As we walked through the busy Nizamuddin Railway Station, it pained ... Read more >

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Hangin' with street kids....

INDIA | Friday, 17 Apr 2009 | Views [1221]

Life in Delhi has been going smoothly. I've already fallen into a routine: I go to the center in the morning and work with the boys on their English, then we do physical education in the afternoon. After I leave the center, I take a tuk tuk to some Delhi ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

On Agra and volunteering...

INDIA | Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | Views [1636]

After Jaipur, we headed to Agra. Agra, of course, is home to the spectacular Taj Mahal, which took an astounding 22,000 workers 12 years to build. It was built in 1631 by Shah Jahan (a Muslim ruler) as a memorial to his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who ... Read more >

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On Bundi, Jaipur, and common threads...

INDIA | Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | Views [1313]

We've left behind the city of Bundi and are preparing to leave Jaipur. Each city that I've been to has its own vibe. Bundi is a smaller city with a slightly sleepier feel and a picturesque palace (Bundi Palace) that looks as though it just emerged from ... Read more >

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Four locations in a nutshell...

INDIA | Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | Views [1066] | Comments [1]

I've been so caught up in anecdotal topics that I've completely ignored my journal entries on the places and things I've seen. You can stop reading now if you're not into the logistics of cities and sights (I do this part as much to aid my own memory ... Read more >

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Finding the divinity in everything...

INDIA | Sunday, 5 Apr 2009 | Views [1247] | Comments [2]

Hindus truly find god in all things. Even their standard greeting, "Namaste," is a recognition of the inner divinity of both the greeter and the greeted. Today, I got to see how that recognition of divinity sometimes extends to the seemingly ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, cultural observations, sightseeing

On cows, bazaars, and being hit by tuk tuks...

INDIA | Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | Views [10724] | Comments [2]

At the Sardar Bazaar in Jodhpur, the street is a crazy, pulsating mass of auto rickshaws, scooters, bicycles, and cars, all beeping or ringing to make their way through the sea of people. In stark contrast to this frenzy of activity are the slow-moving ... Read more >

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The journey from Delhi to Jodhpur...

INDIA | Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | Views [2362] | Comments [1]

Perhaps I spoke too soon when I said Egypt was good preparation for India. It's still true in some aspects, but in the sleeper train department it couldn't be further from the truth. Taking a sleeper train in India—even the tourist/business-class sort—is ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, planes trains & automobiles, sightseeing

Beware practicers of English...

INDIA | Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | Views [1535]

After spending the morning in Old Delhi checking out an old 17th century Muslim mosque (Jami Masjid) and a Sikh temple, I spent the remainder of the afternoon wandering around central Delhi and discovering anew one of the hazards of a female traveling ... Read more >

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Namaste from New Delhi...

INDIA | Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | Views [996]

I can hardly believe that I am in India. It feels a bit decadent to be taking a trip so soon after my last, but the timing could not be helped. Compared to my journey to Egypt, the journey here was unremarkable. The flights were on time, there was no ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, planes trains & automobiles

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