Read my latest, a story about Hungary's Balaton Lake in the spring issue of Endless Vacation magazine
Ex-blog

Ex-blog

Archives from the original EverTheNomad

The original EverTheNomad blog was born in 2008 and lived happily until early 2014. It had a rich and exciting life, which featured fun series like guest posts from expats writing about their adopted homes (from Santiago to Gabon), an interview series called Local Voices Croatia and Global Glimpses that showcased snapshots and mini-stories from my travels. It supported several Passports with Purpose fundraisers, brought me many friends I still keep in touch with and provided a platform for writing whatever and however I pleased. It lives on in these pages. Please poke around.

Posted by Anja | 29 April 2013| Costa Rica, Ex-blog

  I snapped a shot of this white-faced capuchin monkey during my visit to Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, in October 2010. This small but beautiful tract of rainforest, mangrove and beach hugs the country’s central Pacific coast. Known as the park’s mafia, these funky creatures steal food from tourists and jump on...

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Posted by Anja | 26 April 2013| Ex-blog, St Barths

  In December 2010, I spent four days on one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive islands, St Barths, on magazine assignment to cover a classic luxury hotel. It wasn’t the luxury I loved. A highlight was this gorgeous beach at Grand Fond, said to be a vortex of energy. I sat there a while on...

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Posted by Anja | 22 April 2013| Ex-blog, Thailand

  April 2010. Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. Solo trip. Visit to Wat Sri Suphan one late afternoon that stretched into evening. Highlight: A chat with Touy Yai, a heavy-set 22-year-old monk from Laos who laughingly translated his name as Big Fat.

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Posted by Anja | 19 April 2013| Ecuador, Ex-blog

  “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” In September 2010, I sailed around the Galapagos, a pristine archipelago in the eastern Pacific that Darwin described as a “living laboratory of evolution”. These marine iguanas have been...

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Posted by Anja | 15 April 2013| Ex-blog, South Africa

  Gugulethu is one of South Africa’s fastest developing townships, just outside of Cape Town. When I visited in winter 2010, my new friend Ronel took me to the famous Sunday afternoon party at Mzoli’s, a butcher shop brought to life with a start-up fund from the Development Bank of South Africa. Not only is...

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Posted by Anja | 12 April 2013| China, Ex-blog

  In March 2011, I spent a couple of days in Hong Kong en route back from Hainan Island. While there were many aspects to the city that I loved, a real standout was Des Voeux Road West, better known as the Dried Seafood Street. On this busy road that stretches along some 200+ shops...

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Posted by Anja | 08 April 2013| Argentina, Ex-blog

  In April 2007, I took a ten-day solo trip through Patagonia, in southern Chile and Argentina. Among the highlights was a visit to mighty Perito Moreno, the humongous glacier just outside the town of Calafate – it’s 30 km long and 4.5 km wide and encompasses 250 km2. As I stood watching giant blocks...

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Posted by Anja | 05 April 2013| Cambodia, Ex-blog

  Spring 2005. Cambodia. My first trip to Asia. Pictured here is a pack of boys in the Killing Fields, a half an hour’s ride south of Phnom Penh. Choeung Ek Memorial was built around the mass graves of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, which executed over one million people in the 1970s. These...

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Posted by Anja | 02 April 2013| Ex-blog, Portugal

The first time I lay my eyes on Lisbon I felt a strange kind of wistfulness. I didn’t understand it back then, because I’d never before been to Portugal. There was nothing to be wistful about. On the way from the airport toward the city center, I remember seeing run-down facades, a palm tree here...

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Posted by Anja | 01 April 2013| Ex-blog, Finland

  Sauna is seen as a sacred place in Finland, where babies were once born and ailments treated. Finns still take their sweating needs seriously so when I visited Helsinki in May 2011, I made a pilgrimage to Kotiharjun Sauna, the only remaining public wood-burning sauna, operating since 1928. Pictured above is a foursome taking...

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