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First day in Morocco

I arrived in Morocco today, via ferry from Spain. I’m spending the first night at a youth hostel in Tangier. First impressions are that Morocco is intense. So many people try to make a living off of tourists that you … Continue reading

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Lost…er…’Off-route exploration’ in the Sierra Nevada

I just finished a four day hiking trip in the Spanish Sierra Nevada with my Dutch friend Jurgen. I don’t really get Spanish trail maps. They use the same marking for a huge well groomed trail with suspension bridges over … Continue reading

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Sunseed

I’ve spent the last month doing volunteer work at Sunseed Desert Technology (www.sunseed.co.uk) in southern Spain (near Almeria). It’s a cool place, with friendly people. The work is quite varied. Cooking, gardening, laying tile, building (or more often repairing) stuff. … Continue reading

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First week in Spain

I arrived in Spain last Thursday, in Madrid. I hadn’t bothered to book a bed in advance, since it was mid-week during the off season. And of course I arrived in Madrid after a late night and a day of … Continue reading

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Jampa Ling

I’ve spent the last week working at the Jampa Ling Tibetan Buddhist center in exchange for room and board. There’s a community of about ten people here, and occasional guests. The center is kind of in the middle of Ireland, … Continue reading

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Temple Bar Trad Festival

I’ve spent the last week in Dublin, working as a┬ávolunteer at the Temple Bar festival of Irish music and culture. In exchange, I’ve gone to a whole bunch of concert, storytelling shows, and other cool stuff for free. It’s been … Continue reading

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Visiting the Graveyard of Ambition (Galway)

Irish poet W.B. Yeats described Galway as the “Graveyard of Ambition”. That’s where I headed after spending a week in Dublin. I made a few friends in Galway during my last stay in Ireland, and I wanted to stop by … Continue reading

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Return to the Emerald Isle

My friend Kelsey told me that she was coming to Ireland for a couple weeks to visit the family that she used to au pair for, so I decided to return to Ireland to meet up with here. We met … Continue reading

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Switzerland

My friend Svetlana decided to come to Europe for the week of New Years, and we met in Zurich, Switzerland. We didn’t have too much time, but we saw a lot of the country and had a lot of fun. … Continue reading

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Vlierhof

I’ve spent the last week doing work exchange at an intentional community on the border between Holland and Germany. Technically, we’re in Germany, but the nearest town is in Holland. There are about ten people living here, but I’m the … Continue reading

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