Tourist vs. Traveler

It can be hard to not feel offended when someone refers to me as a tourist. I generally correct them, kindly and politely, and tell them that I’m not a tourist - I’m a traveler. In my mind, the difference between the two is astronomical. A tourist is a person who has a checklist - … Continue reading Tourist vs. Traveler

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Falling in Love

Having your heart broken really sucks. But I’ve realized that, even worse than having a broken heart, is having never fallen in love in the first place. When I was living out of my van with my dog, traveling along the Northern California coast, I met a beautiful Dutch man. We met on a trail … Continue reading Falling in Love

The Drunken Dutch Man

This was his favorite, of the photos that I showed him. This morning at about 10am, I put my wallet and my camera in my backpack, and walked to the local market. On my way there I passed by the canal dock where I planned to later stop and photograph some pigeons. I noticed a … Continue reading The Drunken Dutch Man

Among the Northern Lights

My flight to Amsterdam had a quick stop in Iceland. From departing California last night, to arrival in Iceland, is about 7.5 hours on a plane. After a little over an hour in Iceland, it was off to Amsterdam. I was worried that my body might not react so well to such a disrupted sleep … Continue reading Among the Northern Lights