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NOMADIC LIFESTYLE, EARTH, United States
After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 110 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

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NETHERLANDS, Windmills











Thursday November 2, 2006

I caught the local bus and went to a small village outside Amsterdam which is known for their windmills. A bus tour would have been 28 euros but the local bus only cost me 7 euros round trip. I also walked to the Red Light District during the day. Later that day there was a hail storm and 50 mph winds. Not great weather especially since almost everyone rides a bike to work in Amsterdam. The wind was blowing people off their bikes much to the amusement of us seeking refuge in the local bar.
Norwegian saying
"No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing."

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam
















Wednesday November 1, 2006

I moved from the Hotel Verdi to the Ship Avanti. Bunk beds on the ship located in the canals but much closer to downtown and the canals. I walked around the Red Light District later that night. You must really be careful taking pictures in the Red Light District because plain clothes policemen will appear from nowhere if you try to take pictures of the ladies in the windows. I also stopped in a "cafe" as a curiosity but did not partake since that is just not my thing.

ITALY, Lake Como

























































Friday October 27, 2006

Today I leave Switzerland. I went for 3 days and stayed 9. It was incredible. I take the train today to Milan and switch trains to go to Como, Italy, and take a cruise on Lake Como on Saturday. Lake Como is the playground of the rich and George Clooney and Brad Pitt have homes there. The cruise will take about 6 hours.

ITALY, San Gimignano and Tuscany

























































































































I caught the train from Riomaggiore to Siena and then caught a bus to San Gimignano for the 2 day walk through Tuscany. San Gimignanno has 14 medieval towers dating back to the 12th century. At one time there were 70 towers.No one seemed to know a walking route so the next morning I started walking along the highway on my way through the beautiful Tuscan landscape. Beautiful rolling hills, grape vines and olive trees decorate the countryside. I finished the 19 kilometer walk in one day rather than two.

SWITZERLAND, Skydiving from a Helicopter




Thursday October 26, 2007

I left at 9 am to go skydiving from a helicopter. The jumpmaster told us that there were only 3 places in the world you could jump from a helicopter, Australia, Hawaii and Interlaken, Switzerland. 2 days ago I went skydiving out of a plane but the opportunity to jump from a helicopter was too great to pass on. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from the jump but I did buy a video of my jump which is pretty wild. To jump from 12,000 feet right inside of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger mountains was quite an adrenaline jump. At one point we were only about 10 feet from a waterfall.
"decide....whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying....."
Amelia Earhart

SWITZERLAND, Matterhorn at Zermatt
















Sunday October 22, 2006








I left Interlaken by train this morning to go see the Matterhorn in Zermatt. The train ride was 5 hrs. but the ride on the cog railway up the mountain across from the Mattterhorn was beautiful with the Matterhorn staring you in the face the entire time. I decided to walk the six hours down the mountain to enjoy the scenery. I took a trail that I later found out was not the tourist trail as you may notice. A picture of some mountain scooters ???? for the true adventurer.

SWITZERLAND, Bern





























Saturday morning October 21, 2006

I took the morning train from Interlaken to Bern. Only 1.5 hrs. I immediately walked to olde town to see the Glockenspiel clock with the bear chasing the rooster. I visited the bear den. Bern was named after the bear because it was the 1st animal killed on that site. I also took pictures of the various fountains including the ogre fountain which depicts him eating children. There also was a cheese and milk market which happens every Saturday morning.

SWITZERLAND, Lucerne




























































































Saturday October 21, 2006

After lunch I took the train from Bern to Lucerne. It has a beautiful bridge, Kapellbrucke, whose murals lining the ceiling, are nearly identical to those painted in the 14th century. The covered bridge supposedly had over 120 painters at one time painting it in the 17th century. I also got to watch skull {rowing} races in the middle of the city with everyone lining the river and cheering. A Cheese Festival was also going on with a milking contest complete with a fake cow that gave milk. The building decorations were some of the most unusual that I have ever seen.