Stories, thoughts and experiences from my travels

Travel Journal: Hostel Stories

Staying in a hostel is almost a right of passage for a traveler. The inexpensive accommodations are still a mystery to most, especially Americans. But some of my most favorite memories are from my stays in hostels. And until now, I’ve only shared these hostel stories with my friends and family. So enjoy!


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Travel Journal: The One with the Broken Shelf

It was a beautiful day in Florence. The sun was shining, Laurie and I decided to take a walk from our apartment to the Piazzale Michelangelo. We spent the afternoon enjoying the panoramic views of the city and eating gelato. Later that night we ate dinner at a little bistro and enjoyed fresh pasta and local wine. An amazing day in Italy. What could go wrong?


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My Story

As I walked through the gates of my job for the final time, I looked up towards the sky and let the warmth of the sun hit my face. A flood of emotions washed over me as I recalled the events that had led me to this moment. The sadness I felt as I was surrounded by loved ones as we said our last goodbyes to my aunt who had lost her battle to cancer. The smell of smoke as I walked through what remained of a home that had been in my wife’s family for generations, now sifting through the ash for any memories that could be preserved. The heart break I felt as I looked into my dog’s, Bella, sad eyes, her eyelids becoming heavy and then finally closing for the last time.


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