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Berlin – Graffiti, Free Drinks, & The Holocaust Memorial

By Kristance Harlow | July 20, 2013 | 3 Comments
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Graffiti in Friedrichshain Olivia and our free drinks Berlin is a sprawling city, and it is impossible to walk from site to site if you trying to do the tourist bit. My friend Olivia and I were visiting Berlin in December 2010, before heading to Poland for Christmas. We only had a few days in the…

Haggling & Cultural Barriers Part II – Navigating India

By Kristance Harlow | July 19, 2013 | 1 Comment
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May 2007 Navigating India, Haggling & Cultural Barriers “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman India was truly life changing for me, but it was not easy. Without the challenge I would not have grown into the…

Oxford – Stone Walls, Harry Potter, and an Archaeology Dig

By Kristance Harlow | July 18, 2013 | 4 Comments
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I spent nearly five months living in Oxford in the United Kingdom. I moved there shortly after completing my graduate program in archaeology at Durham University in September 2011 and was looking for some warmer weather and a change of scenery. Oxford seemed like a gorgeous place to spend some time, plus with a world…

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Spur of the Moment in Adare, Ireland

By Kristance Harlow | July 18, 2013 | 1 Comment
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August 2006 Adare, Ireland Literally, written out plans. It was 2006, I was 19 years old and on my first overseas adventure. I’m a highly organized person when it comes to paperwork and planning, so before I took off for Ireland, I created my very own travel packet with information on all my prebooked accommodation,…

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Taj Mahal, Haggling, and Cultural Barriers: Adventures in India

By Kristance Harlow | July 17, 2013 | 4 Comments
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Summer 2007 The Taj Mahal Let me take you back to Agra, India and the insanity of being a naive 20 year old navigating a country she knows very little about. Oh, and did I mention this was her second time ever traveling abroad and she was traveling alone? Wild kid. I went downstairs a…

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Spying, Journals, and Obsessive Habits: Three Reasons You Should Write

By Kristance Harlow | July 15, 2013 | 2 Comments
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My first journal, circa 1996 I have kept journals since I was a kid and Harriet the Spy came into my life, I read the book and watched the movie (about a dozen times). My first journal starts with “Kristance The Spy” on July 4, 1996. Wow, seventeen years ago! All of my handwritten journals from…

Lost & Ignorant: Culture Shock in Delhi, India

By Kristance Harlow | July 13, 2013 | 1 Comment
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May 2007 Lost and ignorant in Delhi There are a lot of monkeys in Delhi. I’m a seasoned traveler, now, but 6 years ago on my second international excursion that was definitely not the case. I went to India back in 2007, I was going there to teach but I wanted to travel before my…

Photography & Memory: Flashback To Living at a Tibetan Nunnery in the Himalayas of India

By Kristance Harlow | July 12, 2013 | 1 Comment
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The symbolism that saturates daily rituals in the nunnery may be religiously profound, but they are also just ordinary experiences to the people who live there.

Why I Can’t Sit Still: Finding Comfort in Globe Trotting

By Kristance Harlow | July 11, 2013 | 1 Comment
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In the last 7 years, I’ve been in 9 different countries, on 3 different continents, lived in 4 of them, moved to 10 towns/cities and 17 different homes…

Family, Fires, and Gratitude: How 1 Year After My Dad Died, He Saved My Life

By Kristance Harlow | July 10, 2013 | 8 Comments
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Today my blog post is really personal, it’s a story that I need to tell and I haven’t known who to tell or even how to tell it, so I thought I’d start here with my readers. I hope it’s a story that can in some way inspire you to keep moving forward, no matter…

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