3 posts published in December 2014

Exploring a City as a Native

December 16, 2014

Going to a city on your own? Consider booking a greeter.  Free of charge, greeters are volunteers, a friendly face for visiting a city.  It’s a mutual cultural exchange that connects ordinary people.

Greeters welcome individuals free of charge for a few hours to share what their home town is like from a local’s perspective.  My greeter in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam was a University student majoring in English.

All it took to book was to fill out an electronic form and then a few quick emails...

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Photography Dilemma

December 26, 2014

On a trip to NYC, I took lots of photos and selfies, but a few scenes proved challenging from the pose or background I wanted. At what point do I hand over my camera to a stranger to take a photo?

Two opportunities came to me - inside a theatre and believe it or not - on the sidewalk in front of the Bergdorf Goodwin Window display. In a split instance I knew I could give my camera to someone nearby - by looking deeply at their faces and expressions. Their kindness reflects on my face. The...

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A New Deep Happy

December 31, 2014

                                                       Photo by William Haney

This was a year of transition for me. After a fulfilling 30 year career in Corporate America as a Chemist, my decision to become a travel artisan focusing on coaching and public speaking led me to find a new deep happiness.

Seeing and experiencing new places and different cultures as a solo traveler has been life changing.  I'm passionate about motivating people to be open to it and to help experienced travelers...

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