Inner Journeys Discovered in the Greek Isles

I walked up the hill to this small white and blue Greek chapels. One of those standing by itself on a cliff overlooking the vast ocean. The sun was shining, and the earth smelled like oregano. I turned the doorknob on the dark wooden door and to my surprise it was unlocked. Inside it was dark, cool, and light shone in through the small windows high up on the wall.

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Escaping, Exploring, Setting Records

On the 15th of March 2015, I set off with a small group of intrepid adventurers and paddlers from Cape Town in high spirits and armed with a mixture of nervousness and excitement. Our destination: a little known former hunting concession area deep inside Botswana's Okavango Delta. Our mission: to be the first people to explore the far regions of the famous Delta by Stand Up Paddleboard. 

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A One-of-its-Own-Kind Galapagos Experience

Our Camp was built on a dream. When we first arrived at the site and scrambled up a tree to get a better look at the lay of the land, we were captivated by the incredible views, our immediate intimacy with nature, the unspoiled and raw beauty of what our senses were experiencing. It was intoxicating and overwhelming in its uniqueness: a Galapagos experience that defied description.

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Disconnect to Reconnect

November 13, 2015 (coincidentally my twin daughter’s shared 33rd birthday) I saw opening credits for a film called The 33.  It was a film about 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for weeks and weeks before being rescued.  I remember the nightly drama unfolding on the evening news as rescuers…

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A "Pausa" in Ecuador

I was on a bit of a break myself. Six months before, I was in Ecuador for a conference and there I realized I could fulfill a longtime personal dream of mine to take a monthlong Spanish immersion class.

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Transforming with the Kogi in Colombia

Below me the Rio Piedras followed its gentle course, carrying its crystalline water down to meet the sea. Behind me the verdant peaks of the world’s tallest coastal mountain, Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, stretched up to infinity. A wave of joy coursed through me, bringing the promise of an incredible day. 

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The Treads That Bind Us

It has been 16 years since my mom passed away from cancer and I can still feel her absence so acutely in various moments of each day that it is as though time has not moved at all. As I navigate this journey without her I have clung to the threads of her memories real and imagined which I allow myself to sparingly indulge in. 

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Reaching New Heights in Costa Rica

I got more and more lightheaded with each second the tram inched its way up the 2625ft mountain. Was I really doing this? I really couldn’t back down now?? I had just been told that the 7 zip-lines were how we got down the mountain.

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A story of Sadness & Inspiration

I looked down and didn’t recognize the number, so I ignored it. A few minutes later my phone was vibrating again, once again I ignored it. The third time the number popped on my phone, I excused myself from the meeting and swiped to answer the call. My life would never be the same. 

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Home in the Dolomites

When I arrived in the Dolomite Mountains 20+ years ago, I immediately knew I had found my new home. You could say that the Dolomites “transformed” me, but really they helped me realize a dream that had always run like a current through my veins. I wanted to travel and see the world.

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Love of the Chilcotin Region, BC

As a 25 year old I had the good fortune of a 16 month walk about.  In hindsight, that event shaped the next four decades of my life more than any other.  It made me a citizen of the world and to value experiences more than any other form of currency.  

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The Day I Left it on the Train

I had left for Paris heartbroken and a little lost, so I spent much of the train ride looking out the window at the world passing me by. As I watched the landscape change from countryside to cityscape. I contemplated who I wanted to be and tried to reconcile it with the woman who had escaped here to write and hide.  

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Running wild & overcoming fear

I’m leading a group of eight women running along a narrow dirt trail in Spain that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The sun warms this early spring day, making it idea for running. The humid air fills my nostrils and I revel in the smell of the salty sea. Then a surge of pain steals my attention. 

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Four Days of Solitude at New Camaldoli Hermitage

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect is the widely varying emotional experience. My first visit brought connection, serenity, and euphoria. The second brought fear and panic before eclipsing into near mystical meditation – ineffable, noetic, transient, and passive. Most recently, I felt calm and grounded.

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Sharing Travel with Others Around the World

I feel grateful for the career that connected me with the whole world, it has given me a push to cross the bridge to learn... and adapt with flexibilities, languages, eating habits. This diversity changed me too for the best and has added a lot to my life and in many ways has been my driving force…

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