Interesting Experiences

Struggling ON The Camino or In Life II:

I originally wrote this a few years ago for others who were struggling on the Camino. However, a few weeks from my own 69th Birthday, I am recovering from a second hip replacement in the past 15 months. The first in December 2022 and the second this past October. Up until the a few years …

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Best Walking With Rhino Experience In Africa:

There may be others, but I had the good fortune of walking with rhinos in 3 different African countries; Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Uganda. Which one was best? For me they were all tremendous experiences and of course you are in nature so a visit today could be very different from one tomorrow. I will try …

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Ever wonder what it would be like to attend a primary/elementary school in Africa:

I did and recently visited one in Uganda. Traveling through Africa one can’t help noticing how difficult it can be to eke out a living here. But what about the children. My friend Simon took Mika and I to Tenda Primary School which has an enrollment of 400 kids; attending preschool through 6th grade. To …

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The African Mukuba Express; The Twilight Zone Train:

7 Years ago I traveled on The Mukuba Express Train which originates in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and ends in Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia. The 1,860 kilometer epic train journey traverses through Game Parks, forests, mountains, and scores of small villages with waving kids. However, because of a commitment to visit Ndi Moyo Hospice in Salina, …

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Walking The Jesus Trail In Israel. How The Jesus Trail Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

After walking various Caminos de Santiago, some pilgrims start to look beyond Spain and Europe for alternative pilgrimages. After Santiago, there is Rome and Jerusalem that round out the big 3 Christian pilgrimages. However walking to Jerusalem is problematic with the war in Syria and closed borders. However, for pilgrims that are looking for something …

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It’s A Small World. Nepal to Ethiopia:

Traveling around the globe 2013 to 2020 was a magical time and there were more than a few times where I had an unexpected encounter with friends or acquaintances who I knew from places far away. Sadly, I don’t think it has occurred since Covid started. I am hoping today is the first of many …

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Learning The Art of Cutting Turf (Peat) In Ireland:

Learning To Cut Turf (Peat) The Old Fashioned Way: A few weeks into a 3,000 kilometer pilgrimage from County Clare, Ireland to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, I was in the middle of a 30K walk in Cork, from Millstreet to Bweeng, on a sunny day with scattered clouds across the deep blue sky.  As the …

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HUMILITY + GRATITUDE = HAPPINESS

On my first day back in Nepal I was browsing through a few shelf rows of books at the comfortable and friendly Yala Peak Hotel and was drawn to a single book, ‘Touching My Father’s Soul’ by Lapsing Tenzing Norgay the son of Tenzing Norgay who was the first, along with Edmund Hillary to scale …

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Saharan Sand Storm On The Camino

Wow. This is a new experience. Saharan Sand Greying up the skies. As we walked on Tuesday of this week the forecast said sunny but disappointingly the sun never broke through. How surprising to learn it was the red sand of the Saharan blocking the warmth and light of the sun. Yesterday, March 17, I …

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Three Times to Cruz de Ferro With No Stone

There are many special places and moments on The Camino. Cruz de Ferro (The Iron Cross) in the west of Castilla y Leon Province is perhaps the most spiritual for me. All three of my experiences there have been noteworthy, though this most recent one was a powerful emotional experience. Seven years ago, while traveling …

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The Amazon Jungle; Preparing and cooking yucca bread

After a hearty breakfast we canoed 2 hours down river to Puente Bolivar to visit the village and experience a bit of jungle life. First a yucca bread making experience. Everything was done by hand, including; We pulled some yucca from the garden. Removed the outer shell with our hands. 2. Grated the yucca. 3. …

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Walking with Rhinos In The Path of The Bushmen

Sat with Curt, our guide, as we drove a large open safari truck into Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park. He explained that there are only 10,000 white Rhinos remaining in Africa where there were once 14 million. Somewhere in the middle of the jungle, we left the truck and continued into the bush on foot. With …

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An Elephant Encounter in Botswana-2017

Enjoying the early morning silence of the bush, our group left the campsite at 6:30 for 6:40 sunrise coming up over the Okavango Delta as we Mokoro’d (dugout canoe) to another island. I was with 2 Germans, and our guide Langos and trainee guide Spear made 5. Soon we were walking in the bush and …

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It’s A Small World-Uganda to the Camino to Nepal

IT’S A SMALL WORLD. The Camino has a magical way of connecting like minded souls: One of the nicest things about global traveling is chance meetings with the same people in two totally different places. Well this time it’s three chance meetings across 3 continents; Uganda, Spain, and Nepal: In October, 2019, walking on the …

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Via Francesco Spello to Assisi Day 13

Canterbury to Rome to Assisi Day 99: Spello to Assisi: Left Spello early and kind Leonardo, my older host at cozy B&B Fratello Sole told me there is an easy way to the left and a hard way to the right up the mountain. I immediately thought, “I’m tired and after coming such a long …

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Via Francesco Day 7.5 The Tree of St. Francis

Canterbury to Rome to Assisi Day 93 Faggio di San Francesco/The Tree of Saint Francis: Walking from Poggio San Bustone to Piediluco started out through the quiet red and gold forested countryside. There was a hard to find turn up an unusually steep narrow and winding rocky path two hundred meters where I reached the …

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A Camino Christmas Small Miracle

A Merry Christmas friends and fellow Pilgrims.  A Christmas (Camino) small miracle from 2019: A few days before Christmas, Mika of Japan  and I  were walking in the Annapurna region of Nepal from Tadapani to Chomrong, on the Annapurna Sancturary Trek. We made it early and had lunch at a tea house enjoying the spectacular …

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Gorillas and Churches

A vivid memory of my childhood is reading the colored comic strip Rick O’Shay in the Chicago Tribune every Sunday morning. Rick O’Shay was a straight as an arrow, town marshall. His best friend however, was a gunslinger, Hipshot Percussion, a quiet Clint Eastwood type who did his talking with his guns. Every Sunday Rick …

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