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 | 03 February 2008 | Ex-blog, travel musings
Thoughts as I pack in Brooklyn

I am leaving New York for five months tomorrow. As I pack for Portugal, three seasons, about seven cities, and an archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic, I am trying to remember all the things on my 'to do' list. Export iTunes library, backup data and sync computers, set up online payment for all...

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Posted by anja | 02 February 2008 | Ex-blog, New York City
Turkish Coffee

Today I was explaining to my man in Portugal how I'm starting to feel lonely on my blog. I described to him, an actor, that it was a little like playing to an invisible audience. You don't really know if anybody is seeing you up on the stage, whether anyone out there is reading... but...

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Posted by anja | 01 February 2008 | Ex-blog, San Francisco
San Francisco spoken word

twitter...GPS...shazam...pinging messages...shooting out emails...feedback...proactive...going forward...input... Yesterday as I was leaving San Francisco to catch my ultra-redeye flight back to New York (delayed by three hours because of inclement weather, said American Airlines; read: a couple of drops of rain), there was an impromptu spoken word performance in the street. I stopped at the entrance of...

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Posted by anja | 30 January 2008 | Ex-blog, San Francisco
San Francisco graffiti

I'm in San Francisco, attending a Lonely Planet writers' conference. Here's what I found on my evening walk through the streets of Lower Haight. It was the highlight of my day. 🙂

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Posted by anja | 29 January 2008 | Ex-blog, Los Angeles
Leisurely day in Venice Beach

Yesterday was a lovely day of leisure in LA. I had delicious breakfast down the street from my friend's place in Venice, at Rose Cafe. A couple of hours later, I met up - again at Rose (great food, especially the salads!) - with my friend Joy from Australia/Brooklyn who happened to be in LA....

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Posted by anja | 27 January 2008 | Ex-blog, Los Angeles
Passion for waves

I'm visiting my dear old friend Robby who now lives with a surfer buddy in Venice Beach, LA. It's been raining cats and dogs since I arrived. Not your typical sunny southern California weekend but we're making the best of it. For Robby, a hard-core surfer, it's essential to live by the ocean. As we...

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Posted by anja | 26 January 2008 | Ex-blog, travel musings
Geography of Bliss

Over a jerk kosher chicken dinner at a friend's place last night, a book came up in a discussion about travel. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World is written by Eric Weiner, a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). I haven't read it yet so can't...

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Posted by anja | 24 January 2008 | Ex-blog
The Hub: human rights

Some time ago I did a voiceover for Witness, "an international human rights organization that uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations". So I dedicate this posting to their amazing and inspiring work. Their videos feature a wide and global spectrum of critical issues, from people...

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Posted by anja | 22 January 2008 | Ex-blog, New York City
Count the homeless in NYC

Hey New Yorkers out there! Aching to take a little trip and break up the long albeit pretty warm winter? Here's a little journey you can take without even leaving the city confines. On January 28th, 2008, the Department of Homeless Services will conduct the sixth annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE). They're enlisting volunteers...

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Posted by anja | 22 January 2008 | Ex-blog, Mali
Festival au Desert, Mali

A friend from Bangkok just sent an email out spreading the word about a music festival in Mali so thought I'd spread it further. The Festival au Desert takes place in Essakane, Mali, every January. According to an article in the Guardian, the event is "committed to celebrating the culture and history of the Tuareg...

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