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A guiding force
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A guiding force

New York was one destination before last, and it was the first time I crossed routes with my previous experiences. I’d spent seven months living outside of the city a few years back, so it was lovely to relieve old memories. In the same time, as I was approaching the end of my trip, I...

Decades of wisdom
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Decades of wisdom

So many unexpected things happened as I roamed the world. At times either I had that weird feeling in my stomach while getting seasick when crossing the Mediterranean or East China Seas or my heart was in my mouth when the mega earthquake and the accompanying tsunami hit Japan on 11th of March, killing thousands...

The diversity of the world
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The diversity of the world

Photos, logs, and notes from the journey are my most valuable memories. They remain engaging records of my quest and allow me to savor these moments on and on. I experienced things of great beauty like Mount Fuji surrounded by a blanket of clouds, or dramatic snow-covered peaks of two great mountain ranges – Sierra...

Rock’n’ roll
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Rock’n’ roll

When I shared it with Bart, that I was going to travel around the world, I knew that his calling was to join me along the way. It was just a crazy idea, but it stuck with him. His approach was as simple as that – ‘when a great adventure is offered, you simply don’t...

‘Surreal’ is the only word
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‘Surreal’ is the only word

In most parts of the world, China is seen as an overpopulated country. But you have to experience it before you truly understand it. Heading to Shanghai’s Old Town to glimpse ‘traditional’ China was an interesting experience. ‘Surreal’ is the only word I have to describe what was going on the streets of Nanshi on...

Like a summer day
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Like a summer day

Travelling the way that I did – exploring seas by boats, jumping on trains, visiting London, Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo or New York, and diving into a few other places – offered me everything I was looking for. All I can tell from that experience is that, if you ever find yourself with...

Thank God for cigars
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Thank God for cigars

Have you ever found yourself in a conversation that felt so engaging that you simply didn’t want it to end? Since my soul is always happy to connect, my visit in the cigar club of ‘The Connoisseur Divan’ was an undisputed highlight of my stay in Singapore. And, I couldn’t have found better companions than...

Good Samaritans
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Good Samaritans

As I wandered planet Earth, I learned lessons of hospitality and generosity that exceeded all my expectations. I was deeply touched by the warmth of Rana – the owner of the Hostel Kolkata – who not only didn’t charge me for my stay, but he invited me to his own home and introduced to his...

A small world
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A small world

The beauty of my around the world trip was in the movement. There was so much time for reflection, which is a rare thing in these days of modern living. It was wonderful to share food and conversation with others. It made the trip so special. Having a sense that I can go anywhere in...

Emotional baggage
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Emotional baggage

I visualized the trip for months. And now here I was – crossing the Adriatic, the Ionian and the Mediterranean Seas on the boat from Venice in Italy, through Syria, to Alexandria in Egypt. My dream had become a reality, but for the first week or two I was mentally worn. I carried a lot...