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The Dangerous Business of Going Out Your Door I am often tired of myself and I have a notion that by travel I can add to my personality and so change myself a little. I do not bring back from the journey quite the same self that I took. - W. Somerset Maugham

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Never Again: Dachau Concentration Camp

GERMANY | Sunday, 19 Jun 2016 | Views [444]

Something reminiscent of ashes brushed across my face and landed in my hair as I approached the entrance to Dachau Concentration Camp. They were floating around everywhere, creating a disorienting haze in the unseasonably brilliant early spring sun. ... Read more >

Tags: concentration camp, dachau, germany, khalil gibran, kz dachau, sabbatical, solo, travel


Final Days in Frankfurt and the Numbers from Germany

GERMANY | Sunday, 5 Jun 2016 | Views [377]

My last days in Germany found me in Frankfurt am Main, a city I had never visited despite having passed through so many times before, both by plane and train. I am not the only traveler who has been skipping it. Out of the millions of people who transit ... Read more >

Tags: asparagus, budget, craving, frankfurt, germany, main, sabbatical, solo, spargel, travel


Looking for Croatia and Seeing Myself, and the Numbers

CROATIA | Thursday, 19 May 2016 | Views [270] | Comments [2]

Why Croatia? Trundling through the Austrian Alps, I was excited to finally see Croatia, a country that had been calling to me for some time, even before the sabbatical began to take shape. The pleasure of solo travel had worn thin in the preceding ... Read more >

Tags: balance, budget, croatia, enough, red rooftops, sabbatical, solo, travel, zagreb


Accepting a Truth in Munich

GERMANY | Saturday, 7 May 2016 | Views [392]

Munich’s lesson for me was this: I need people. I know it’s obvious, and everybody says it, and I have even said it. I have known it to be one of those universal truths, but I haven’t really always believed it, not deep down on a ... Read more >

Tags: germany, maugham, munich, people, sabbatical, solo, travel, truth


On My Own Again in Leipzig

GERMANY | Sunday, 1 May 2016 | Views [427] | Comments [1]

Leipzig was planned as a time for me to rest and reacquaint myself with Germany, but it had more in store for me than just that.   Reacquaintance My first ever solo flight was when I went to Germany for my exchange student year more than ... Read more >

Tags: completion, germany, leipzig, reacquaint, readjust, realize, rest, sabbatical, solo, travel


Confronting Privilege in Prague and the Numbers

CZECH REPUBLIC | Tuesday, 26 Apr 2016 | Views [324]

I wish I had more to say about Prague, but I just don't. After Bulgaria and the Baltics, Prague did not have very much of an Eastern European feel to it. It just felt like a big, modern, Western European capital. It was beautiful and it lived up to its ... Read more >

Tags: budget, czech republic, guilt, prague, privilege, sabbatical, solo, travel


Riga Reflections and the Numbers from the Baltics

LATVIA | Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016 | Views [283]

I usually have an impression of a place before arrival, and that often predetermines whether I will like it. The impression may or may not be based on anything very substantial. Perhaps I have tucked away a vague memory of a news report or a photograph, ... Read more >

Tags: budget, latvia, riga, sabbatical, solo, travel


Confession: My Dread of Tallinn and Other New Places

ESTONIA | Saturday, 9 Apr 2016 | Views [207]

It's time for a confession: I usually dread going to new places. How is that possible in a person with wanderlust , in a person whose driving force is to experience the unknown? I've been honest about the fears I've had traveling solo, but this is ... Read more >

Tags: dread, estonia, kalev chocolate, sabbatical, solo, tallinn, travel, wanderlust


Aurora, Helsinki, and the Numbers

FINLAND | Friday, 1 Apr 2016 | Views [303]

Leaving Norway on an Aurora High My goal in going to Norway was realized in the end - I saw the northern lights!!! Going on guided light chases will certainly wreck your budget (see below), but it was totally worth it. You have to be able to get ... Read more >

Tags: aurora borealis, budget, finland, helsinki, northern lights, norway, sabbatical, solo, travel, tromsø


Arctic Norway: What Am I Doing Here?

NORWAY | Sunday, 27 Mar 2016 | Views [385] | Comments [2]

March’s full moon accompanied me on the last leg of my arrival in Norway, hovering just over the wing of the plane from Oslo to Tromsø and giving me my first view of the country. In the south, there was only patchy snow on the watery land, ... Read more >

Tags: aurora borealis, easter, northern lights, norway, population density, sabbatical, snow, solo, travel, tromsø


What, Where, Why, How?

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 17 Jan 2016 | Views [496] | Comments [3]

I wanted to write earlier, but this week has been an emotional roller coaster, and I could not bring myself to put much into words. Who knew that following a dream could make one so sad, afraid, anxious, guilty, and full of self-doubt? I did not expect ... Read more >

Tags: sabbatical, solo, travel



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