Mel Candea

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Life Is a Circus: Surprises from the Big Top

By on February 28, 2013

Our lives have taken an unexpected twist that we’re all three (me, Armando and Mork) pretty excited about: we’re going to have an additional traveler as a part of…

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Tranquility in a Trullo: Southern Italy

By on February 25, 2013

‘There are pieces of us everywhere I step, so I try to step carefully.’
The only excuse I can give for being quiet on the blog is simple: it’s been…

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An Intro to Italy, Ciao to Greece

By on February 18, 2013

We spent more time than expected in Patras, Greece waiting for the ferry, but it did give us a chance to a.) sleep in a restaurant parking lot and…

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Things I’d Kill For, Depending on the Day

By on February 4, 2013

This is going to be a mini-bitch fest, for those of you that think only of the upside of the freedom of Mork living. There is, of course, a…

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Athens Is Worth It- But Not What We Expected

By on January 25, 2013

We’ve had an interesting* time of it in Athens, so far. Not the best, the worst but perhaps a lot of quirky and curious in-betweens. We started our Athens…

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Backtracking to Brno: How We Became Digital Nomads

By on January 19, 2013

We’ve decided to take a trip back to the beginning* of our digital nomad travel tale, more in-depth than when we began with ‘Unexpectedness.’
It makes sense, considering we began…

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Home of the Greek Gods, Twist My Arm

By on January 13, 2013

The past few days travelling from Thessaloniki have been full of ssshhh…ness. And we’ve been overjoyed. I don’t know who’s happier, Armando with his Alp history or me with…

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Our First Snow of the Year: Travel In Greece

By on January 9, 2013

Back on the road. After 2 weeks in Thessaloniki we finally moved and put Mork back on his wheels. We’re heading towards Athens, but not so fast, a slow…

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No Honor Even Among Petty Thieves?

By on January 6, 2013

It’s been an odd, if interesting few days.  Involving something called ‘Tourist Police,’ Nigerians and a thwarted thief with a twisted sense of humor. Not all together, mind.
The hostel/hotel…

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Auld Lang Syne in Ancient Greece

By on January 3, 2013

It was almost omen-esque of me to mention ‘togas’ in the last post, because we rang in the New Year’s with Armando’s version. Before I get into that, I’ll…

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Greek-Friendly History 101

By on December 26, 2012

To be honest, when I think about the term ‘Greek History,’ I have a hard time getting John Belushi out of my head screaming ‘Toga! Toga! Toga!’

So, being in…

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A Warm Greek Welcome, Don’t Hold the Pork

By on December 20, 2012

It’s been a refreshing change, coming to Greece. Our first ‘culture shock’ was the amount of English spoken/understood/used.
We decided on Alexandroupolis as our first port of parking, and after…

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Unaccustomed to Us Officers: The Turkish-Greek Border Crossing

By on December 19, 2012

We should have seen it coming, really. I mean, we’d stayed in Turkey for over 2 months. An Italian and an American traveling in a German van with Bulgarian…

Van Life

The Trials and Tribulations of Living in a Van

By on December 16, 2012

It’s always amusing to us the reactions we get when we tell people where we live. More times than not, there are glazed eyes, goofy grins and ‘I’m so…

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We Were Tourists in Istanbul, Finally*

By on December 16, 2012

We were tourists in Istanbul, finally, at the end of our 2+ month stay. We decided to visit the most popular sites to see what all of the hubbub…

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Food Is the Word

By on November 27, 2012

Food is one of the more important aspects of living abroad.

There truly is no way of expressing how delicious comfort food is, or the delicacy in being in a…

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Parrot Diapers and Other Tales: Online Freelance Writing

By on November 21, 2012

One of the second-most common questions we get asked is about our work. Armando’s told you about his film work, so it’s probably time I explain what it is…

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Scarfage, So Misunderstood: Women Who Wear Scarves

By on November 16, 2012

The hijab is an integral part of any Muslim culture, and from a Western viewpoint it can be easily- badly- judged. It’s something that I’m trying to educate myself…

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Birthday Non-Woes in Istanbul

By on November 15, 2012

It’s true, another year has expired with me in its circumference. I’m not complaining, in the least. This is how I spent my birthday in Istanbul.

I have a gorgeous…

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At Your Service: Deliveries in Istanbul

By on November 13, 2012

The service industry in Turkey comes in the expected forms, i.e. waiters, but they add a significant twist: the delivery.
We’ve tried (and failed) to find something in Istanbul that…