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Archive for October, 2010

When the Greenie Sees Red

Zsolt SzegfalviA few weeks ago- Hungary faced its most daunting ecological disaster till date. A reservoir at an aluminum refinery ruptured, sending a wave of toxic sludge across three counties, and into the Danube River.
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A Home For Gypsies: Gabrile’s Story

In the middle of prosperous cosmopolitan Europe I saw beggars whose destitution was shocking. I was warned by several locals to not give them any money and to watch my belongings when I was around them. It was the same story from Dublin to Berlin to Warsaw and now in Prague in the Czech Republic. They are the Romas and Gypsies- Europe’s dirty little secret.
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A question of choice: Wanda’s story

As I arrive in Poland, the temperature is one degree and dropping. I feel I’m turning blue and I could swear my backpack was several kilos lighter in the morning. The thirty-minute walk to my hostel feels never ending.
I trek up the winding staircase and I’m greeted by three beautiful smiling faces at the reception — one grabs my backpack, another girl takes my coat and the third offers to bring me a cup of tea.
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Reverse Garbage: Beauty in the Bin!

Sydney is a busy and prosperous city. Residents have a great quality of life, access to all amenities and creature comforts that one could hope for. It also means that people acquire and dispose off a lot of ‘stuff’ here. It’s easier and often cheaper to ‘just buy a new one’ than spend the time and effort to fix things up. The volume of household and industrial trash is alarming. So reading about Reverse Garbage and their work was very heartening.
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Finding My Blind Faith

Fintan O DonnellIreland is a beautiful country. I would never tire of gazing at the lush green landscape. Dotted with castles with tall tales of giants and leprechauns. The Irish are quick to a laugh, often going out of their way to lend a helping hand and yes, they do love their Guinness. While in Dublin, I was part of a free-walking tour with a lovely Irish tour guide. She took us to hidden gems you’d never find on a map and told us stories about Irish history that us gasp.
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Flashback Sydney: At Home in a Hostel

Blue Parrot Backpackers Accommodation The Blue Parrot Backpackers Accommodation has been the most interesting hostel I’ve stayed in so far. Basically, it was a mansion with a spacious backyard and direct access to the main street at Potts Point in Sydney. A 5-minute walk from the hostel and you’d reach Kings Cross- Sydney’s Backpacker district.
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Helping Me MakeMYTrip

4 months in on my project, I was seriously concerned about how I’d pay for the next leg of my trip. I’d taken the plunge without a clear plan on how I’d finish this project. For once, I’d put my faith in good intentions and blindly trusted in the universe’s magnanimity. It has not disappointed me.
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Feels great to be solo

Almost four months in on my trip. I’ve traveled to 14 countries and met travelers from thrice as many. My mind is full of a thousand sights and sounds and tastes. I can close my eyes and be on a bustling street in Bangkok. I open my eyes and I see the beautiful rolling meadows of Ireland.
I’ve trekked to the rim of a live volcano, I soaked in pristine waters off one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, I’ve marveled at the Sydney Opera house all lit up at night.

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