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Travel To Iceland: And Survive 30 Days Off $1000

Hot springs in Iceland

Iceland tourism is booming. When I took my first trip to Iceland October, 2013, it did not take me long to find out why. Iceland’s lovely landscapes, its playful people, and the ubiquitous appreciation for the arts make travel to Iceland a paradise for anyone into that. And now quite a few major airports have…

Hamster From my Window

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In a past more prolific mode, I'd of been doing a lot more online sharing of the progress," The release of Jerry the Hamster." But life serves it's tacos with strange cosmic sauce, and sometimes you switch up your usual order. I've stopped trying explain of life. To drag my metaphor out, I have stopped…

Why I’ll Never Have a Successful Blog

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My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Puttree taught me the most valuable and enduring lesson of all my years of school. She said, “If you had fun you won.”

I put that lesson deep in my heart and I never lost again. But I had a lot of fun. Had to. Didn’t want to lose.

Dark Night of my H. Pylori Soul

Things were going really great. Life was suspiciously working out in such a wonderful way that I should of known something real shitty was around the bend. In the family of my new roommates, in the new house, in the new village, in my new office, we ate a delicious dahl dinner that Mario made.…

Follow your Intuition to your Bliss 

It’s the eve before a silent retreat. So no wonder I fall naturally back into this neglected habit of exploring thoughts and inner urgings with words. This year, still so fresh, has been unfathomably kind to me. My life has settled so seamlessly into a present that resembles decades of future dreaming. There seems little…

Little Brass Telescope From The Future 

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In November, in a cold country, a fresh snow fallen and the future a frolicking of ideas, I went to Amazon.com and decided I needed some things I didn’t REALLY need—but I desired each item with a celebratory feeling.  One of these things was a small brass telescope. “Please can I have it!” I said…

Shhh, Don’t Tell Anyone I’m Blogging Again

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“You may now use a laptop computer,” the stewardess’s voice announces. But I don’t anymore—a crazy thing for a writer, but I’ve settled into a life without it since my neck went out two years ago. That changed everything. Pain is this brilliant teacher—unremitting, consistent, and unrelenting. “Pain is your best friend,” a monk told…

Best App for Finding Cheap Flights in Australia

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  When people in Australia tell me about places I should visit, my first question is, “Can you get there by car?” The look I get back when I ask this is a look I’ve seen before. In Mexico, it is the who-is-this-stupid-gringo look. In Thailand, it is who-is-this-crazy-farang look. And here in Australia, it…

The Sea Warrior of Australia

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   Encounter With a Sea Warrior In the 70s, the local Papua New Guineans called him The Sea Warrior for his fondness of swimming 20k across the ocean. “Any white guy who did anything outstanding was a warrior in that thing,” he says. I tell him that I am the chai latte warrior.  We meet…

How To Be a Part of Doing a Lot With A Little

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  Dear Reader, I am reaching out to you today invite you to join me in acheiving a goal that’s concrete and attainable—open an education center for 60 impoverished children in Guatemala. Today, we’re 3.7k towards out 20k goal. That’s on pace to have the center open by January when the new term starts! Here’s…

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