Kiva Ends, Real Life Begins

Kiva Ends, Real Life Begins

2017 was a crazy year.  We left Hawaii, road tripped the US, traveled to India, Nepal, Borneo, and the Philippines.  Jennifer flew home in July, while I started a six-month Fellowship with Kiva.org in Tajikistan and Georgia.  In a week I’ll fly home to face real life again. Well, I guess it’s 2018 now.  A whole year ahead of us to start new lives.  To find jobs, a place to live, probably some furniture.  Everything, really.  We sold our possessions…

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Georgian Wine and Turkish Delight

Georgian Wine and Turkish Delight

For four months I have been on the road without family or friends.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some good times and some great experiences, but it does get lonely after a while.  That’s why it was so great when Jennifer landed in Georgia to visit me.  Of course, she was a day late after a little run-in with the Russian authorities, but you can ask her about that. We decided to begin our vacation with a road trip…

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The Grapes of Mirth

The Grapes of Mirth

You may not know this, but Georgia occupies one of the oldest winemaking regions in the world, stretching back at least 8,000 years. With such a long history of winemaking, it has become a part of the national culture and identity. When I learned this, I was hoping to sample some Georgian wine. Little did I know at the time, I would get the opportunity to actually become a part of the vinification process.   BTW here is Georgia: When…

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My Circumspection for Circumcision, or An Unexpected Party in Tajikistan

My Circumspection for Circumcision, or An Unexpected Party in Tajikistan

I must admit, I never expected to have a good time at a circumcision party.  I supposed it helped greatly that the circumcision was not my own, and in fact the deed itself occurred after the party.  Let me back up a bit and explain. I arrived in Tajikistan full of optimism and energy, eager to start my job as a Kiva Fellow.  I arrived at the airport in Khujand, Tajikistan after 22 hours of flying and 23 hours of…

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Tropical Paradise of the Philippines – A bucket list must!

Tropical Paradise of the Philippines – A bucket list must!

Excuse me while I ask for your help one more time.  Please take a look at this link and help Kevin make the world a better place 🙂  Please read below before you get to our island paradise story. Please note – if you didn’t get a chance to read about Kevin’s new volunteer position, please take a minute to view my Generosity page and CLICK HERE.  I’m starting my journey back to San Francisco in about three weeks, so…

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Now They Swim with the Fishes

Now They Swim with the Fishes

Please note – if you didn’t get a chance to read about Kevin’s new volunteer position, please take a minute to view my Generosity page and CLICK HERE.  I’m starting my journey back to San Francisco in about three weeks, so it’s getting close.  Even if you’ve just enjoyed our blog, a small donation will really help out.  Just $10 will get me a night in a dorm room in Tajikistan and help keep me out of debt.  I hope…

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Sabah – a Land of Wonders

Sabah – a Land of Wonders

We hopped on a bus from Kota Kinabalu, known simply as KK, towards the northern tip of Borneo, known as … well .. the tip of Borneo.  We hadn’t spent any time at a beach since January and thought we were long overdue.  Plus we had seen a commercial for it on one of our flights showing turquoise waters, empty beaches and what we figured was warm water … who wouldn’t want to go check it out!  Plus we had…

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Kevin’s Career Takes an Unexpected Turn

Kevin’s Career Takes an Unexpected Turn

Newsflash:  I (Kevin) will be flying from the Philippines (after Borneo) to San Francisco in mid-July for a week of Kiva training, then off to Tajikistan and Georgia for six months.  I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to not only help out struggling entrepreneurs and improve the world, but to also get training in an industry I’ve wanted to explore for many years.  To go to work and know that you are directly helping needy people is a something…

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The Caves of Borneo

The Caves of Borneo

After leaving Kuching we took our first internal flight into Miri – after buses and trains throughout the rest of our trip, flying is a real luxury.  Lucky for us flights are super cheap within SE Asia … though I have to wonder what has happened to cheap flights within America … how come we can’t manage this?  We even got a drink and snack onboard the 40 minute flight.  In any case we arrived in Miri and after quite…

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From the Mountains of Nepal to the Jungles of Borneo

From the Mountains of Nepal to the Jungles of Borneo

After our rather taxing Himalayan mountain trek, we needed some time for R&R.  We chose to stay a week in Pokhara, a fairly quiet tourist town in central Nepal where people leave to start their trek on the Annapurna circuit.  Nothing that ambitious for us, though.  We had some vague notions of day hikes or other activities, but soon after arriving, my leg got quite sore and it was all I could manage to limp out of the hotel room…

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