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"And no one is a stranger...for long."

“Volunteering, Why Do You Do This?”

This evening, I found myself sitting around a small coffee table in a one room AirBNB with three other men. Eight months ago, they all lived in the Leros Hotspot, a refugee camp on an island near Turkey. I volunteered … Continue reading

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But When Are We Going to Help People?

Over a year ago, when my time in Antarctica had concluded, I landed in New Zealand and went for a long walk. New Zealand as positioned above Antarctica. After meandering down from the city of Christchurch on the southern island … Continue reading

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Caught Between Africa and Europe

If I were a fish, I’d be so upset with myself for getting caught in this net that I would have wiggled and shaken and fought like hell to break myself free only to find myself more entangled, left with … Continue reading

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The Year Ahead

With the summer behind me, I now have my sights set entirely on the European continent. Funny enough, I’m writing this post from an African country, but my attention is indeed turning toward Europe. I spent the summer back at … Continue reading

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Tell Me About Kraveta

Since leaving Greece in March, I’ve kept in close contact with four of the refugees I met and worked with while on the island of Leros. These relationships have, at times, felt extremely fruitful and at other times lacking, simply … Continue reading

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Most People in Life Are Only Visitors

Life is a book. People are chapters. When I used to think of my life, I used to divide my life up by the years that came and went. Every year was a different chapter. I thought about my existence … Continue reading

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The Day I Broke Up With Normal

It’s been eight years since I broke the mold and dedicated my 20’s to adventuring around the globe. Continue reading

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