Mel Candea

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Mork, Our Westy, Revisits Prague One Year Later

By on July 2, 2013

Back in Prague, where everything started almost a year ago. I remember a sign I wrote to get tips in the street when I was drawing with chalk in…

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Tschüß Munich, Wie Geht’s Wien…Oops, Sorry- Nazdar Prague

By on July 1, 2013

We’re leaving Munich today, picking up one possibly two carpoolers. Our time in Munich has been… nah, just ‘been.’ No super high or low points, lots of bad weather…

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Dachau and Collective German Guilt

By on June 30, 2013

We went to Dachau yesterday morning. It was the Nazi model for further concentration camp efforts, and the hub of their initial medical experimentations.

Dachau, the town, was an artistic…

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Munich: Carpooling and German Oddness

By on June 30, 2013

At the moment, we’re in Munich doing work. Armando’s job is taking us on a fast-track tour of European capitals, and we’re also doing the background for our own…

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A Milan Factsheet: Not Just for Fashionistas

By on June 28, 2013

Whenever I go to a place, I try to find out about it. Not just the main, boring generalizations- the things that capture my attention. Milan as a city…

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Meeting the In-Laws: Milan, Howdy

By on June 27, 2013

Family comes in many forms, and in going to Milan I knew I wasn’t just meeting Armando’s mother and brother, his aunties and uncles, but also friends from his…

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Plans Changed, Disappointment Becomes Opportunity

By on June 17, 2013

My little sister, Megan, is getting married September 14 of this year. It was my main priority to be able to make it there for her. The one thing…

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Palermo Love: Part 2 (and Leaving Sicily) (sniff*)

By on June 11, 2013

To continue with how engaging and unusual Palermo is, we need to go into a little background on where we actually stayed. We found Palermo to be similar to…

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Discovering Palermo

By on June 2, 2013

There will be a lot of time-lapsing between now-now and the past week. Be patient. I promise Palermo is worth it.
Yesterday was a day of days, with an unbelievable…

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Italian TV Wakes Up Our Sunday

By on May 19, 2013

This morning we woke to a media circus, since the biggest Italian TV channel had its live Sunday show filmed at the salt flats today.

The crowds included: mini-judo practitioners;…

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Old Temples, New Connections and Marsala: Discovering Sicily

By on May 14, 2013

Discovering Sicily: the past week has taken us to a sprawling estate replete with an old farm equipment museum; the Valley of the Temples and now Marsala. 

The la Maddelena was…

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Social Media Checklist for Creatives

By on May 3, 2013

Most creatives don’t have the time (or interest) to search for the best social media to highlight their passions. This is a summary of the different types, the applications…

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A Grand Italian Canyon, Sicilian Styles

By on April 27, 2013

Sicilians have a curious habit of apologizing for the weather. If it’s not painstakingly, sparkling blue with sunshine beating down, they feel responsible for it.
Sarah explained this to me,…

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‘Everythings Possible in Cassibile’

By on April 19, 2013

I’m sitting in a ‘nomad camp’ writing this. It’s basically Mork and two other vans. In Montana we’d call them Missoula hippies (5 people in 2 vans with 4…

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‘Mama’ Etna and Farm B & Bs

By on April 9, 2013

As some of you know, we’re staying at a very honest-to-goodness ‘agrofarm.’ Typically in Italy, an agrofarm is simply a B & Bs that farms land and sells products…

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Italy Factsheet: Interesting Bits about the Boot

By on March 29, 2013

We try to find out interesting facts from each country we visit. You might know some of these, but with a few I was able to even surprise some…

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Eight Stops to Otranto

By on March 21, 2013

We’ve been all over Lecce-Salento-Otranto. I’d like to see a country singer try to make a song out of that. Grin. I think it’d be particularly compelling with a…

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Solar Cells, Green Energy Benefits and Solar Power Costs Explained

By on March 20, 2013

We became interested in solar power because we knew we’d need a sustainable power source for our gadgets, so that we could work from the road. But first we…

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A Bio B & B with Balmy Beaches: Masseria Ospitale

By on March 12, 2013

A wise auntie of mine once told me that what you send out in the world, energy-wise, you receive.

The only conclusion I can garner from that and our recent…

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Circus Life and Locals Lacking Tact

By on March 7, 2013

Ok, I’ll be the first to admit I love the fact that I can now say: I lived with a circus for a bit. It sounds so preposterous, so…