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The Magic of the Camino

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This is part of a series on walking the Camino de Santiago. Solvitur ambulando — Latin: “It is solved by walking” We all have problems. As the world gets more complicated, problems don’t seem to get much easier to solve. One solution—or at least the first step to a solution—is a good walk. A walk may begin with a mind …

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My Guru Was a Seven-year-old Gypsy

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I came to India thinking an old bearded Wiseman would come to me and teach me about life and who I am. However, my guru wasn’t old, nor a man, but a seven year-old, dark-skinned gypsy girl with a dirty pink t-shirt, short-cropped hair and a huge smile. She skipped up the dusty beach road to my friends and me …

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A Few Observations From My First Month in India

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After a few hours in India it became clear that I was in for an experience much more vivid than any image books and films painted in my mind. Flashing scenes of street vendors, potent smells of food and waste, and cluttered sounds of activity and traffic all bombarded my senses. One thing went through my mind one scene after …

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Istanbul: Some Call It Chaos, Some Call It Home

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People often ask me “Why on Earth would you go to Turkey?” A legitimate question, I suppose. Most of my American counterparts seem to envision travel abroad as the typical tourist trail of Western Europe. My experiences in France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands are unforgettable. I appreciate each culture, each land for its unique history and qualities, but …

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My First Flight Abroad

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The first time I flew overseas is an experience I will never forget. It was a day filled with all kinds of emotion. This whole passport thing? Totally new to me. Foreign languages? I knew none. All I had was some really heavy bags, a blank passport and enough courage to get on the plane. Yet it was the start …