Shoes of a Nomad

Underground Secrets in Antwerp, Belgium

Underground Secrets in Antwerp, Belgium
I left Brussels, Belgium by train at sunrise, catching glimpses of bright color flashing in between the buildings downtown as we slid slowly out of the city. It was a short ride to Antwerp, and I emerged from the train station seeing police with machine guns standing guard for several blocks around the train station. I started walking in the…

Destination: Luxembourg

Destination: Luxembourg
I boarded a train in Amsterdam for an all day trip to Luxembourg, a country that seemed like the younger and forgotten sibling of its surrounding European nations. When I mentioned that I would be visiting, many of my friends asked me what was there to see. I would shrug and say, "I don't know. I've never been there!" They…

Going Dutch

Going Dutch
One of the most poignant moments of traveling alone is coming down the escalator at the arrival gate of an airport. The faces of those waiting at the bottom are searching for the ones they love, or the ones they work with, or the ones that they haven't seen in years. Some hold signs, some hold only anticipation.  Standing on…

The Journey Inside

The Journey Inside
And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? ---Rumi Since I have started sharing more of my solo traveling, many friends have asked me how I came to venture out on my own, and have said I am courageous for doing so. I feel a bit like an imposter when I hear that, because as much as…

A Camel, Flattery, and Lots of Mud

A Camel, Flattery, and Lots of Mud
I was only going to be in Israel for two more days. I had heard that the US government was going to make an announcement to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, and the local Israelis I spoke with said that they expected violent backlash in response to the decision. I decided to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem the day before…

Interviewed on Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust

Interviewed on Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust
Melanie Kitzan grew up in North Dakota, and during her lifetime, she has been a scientist, attorney, mother, writer and vagabond. She lives in the House of She, near Seattle, with her dogs and daughters. Follow her global travel adventures and stories on her lovely travel blog, Shoes of a Nomad. I had been posting photos and short stories of…

Watching the World go by from a Train Window

Watching the World go by from a Train Window
I got to the train station early, on the day I headed back to Oslo from Stockholm. I spent the last bit of currency I had on candy at the gift shop. My daughters enjoy seeing candy from other countries when I travel. I thought they would especially enjoy the salted black licorice. I checked the train schedule, a giant…
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