First 10 things I look for upon moving to a new city

It’s just shy of a week since I’ve moved to Barcelona. Since this isn’t the first time the my international vagabond tendencies have placed me in a new and unfamiliar city, for the longer-term, I can yet again observe what the first « things » (places, resources, infrastructure) are that I look for when getting to know…

Istanbul, a beautiful chaos

So, my bicycle fundraiser called the “Ride to Read” (website: http://www.ridetoread.wordpress.com ) has finished in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul, and here I have been for over a week – resting, meeting different and fascinating people, and trying to find some coherence and shreds of eco-sanity in this chaotic city.

Couchsurfing – aka. non-monetary exchanges (part I)

During the two-week intensive PDC (Permaculture Design Course) students cover a variety of topics from soil health and water conservation to plant families and crop rotation.  Also, near the end of the course, we begin discussing the Permacultural views on finances and the economy and on the structure and organization of society.  I found the…

WWOOF – so what the heck is it anyways?

WWOOF, wwoof…woof?… did you bark up the wrong tree? Well, if real-life, practical organic farm experience is what you are after – then you have found what you were looking for. The WWOOF organization (stands for “World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”) is a large, international idea and small, local organizations facilitating exchanges between WWOOF hosts…