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


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

Leaving for Europe

I'm ready to depart for Europe this weekend. My possessions now consist of nothing more than the things that will fit in a borrowed suitcase and my beat-up camera bag. I have £150 in hand and $150 in the bank. A stranger was kind enough to warn me that I may want to wait until … Continue reading Leaving for Europe