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I MUST BE OFF! The First Annual TRAVEL ESSAY CONTEST

I have a treat for you. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting the entries to The First Annual TRAVEL ESSAY CONTEST at I Must Be Off! And what an international field of writers we have. Writers from all over the world have sent their stories in, and I’m honored to present them. I […]

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Contests! Contests! Contests!

At the moment I’m hosting TWO contests. You might have heard about the contest at this blog. Here is the LINK to that one, and there is only one more week to enter! It’s a travel essay contest with monetary prizes and books to win. It’s fairly easy to enter, but I would like to […]

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips — A Walk through the Garden Show in Hamburg

I love flowers. Andrew the Whale Whisperer has always told me I take too many pictures of flowers, so why does he ask, “Do you have your camera?” as we’re setting out for the Garden show in Hamburg? Of course I have my camera. It’s cold and almost raining. We have our umbrellas just in […]

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The Best Way to See Berlin

Swans on the Spree–enjoying Berlin from the waterBerlin is a big city. There’s no way around that. Actually, there’s a perfectly wonderful way around it: the Spree. The river that curls peacefully through the city allows you the luxury of seeing the city from a swan’s point of view. Swans don’t waddle down busy streets, […]

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Publishing News!

In bookstores today! Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers:a book by writers for writers, including my story “A Time (not) to Write” about my year of writer’s burnout. If you’re needing a bit of inspiration, here are101 stories to get you going again. Creative non-fiction writers out there: Chicken Soup for the Soul […]

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Expat Author Interview with Claudia from Expatclic.com

Claudia from Expatclic.com v:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Claudia is the founder and coordinator of the website Expatclic.com. After having lived in Sudan, Angola, Guinee-Bissau, Congo Brazzaville, Honduras and Peru, she is presently enjoying a rich and interesting life in Jerusalem. Claudia has two children and speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and […]

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Travel Theme Challenge — Beaches

Another great excuse to get these photos up and out to the readers of I Must Be Off! A Travel Theme Photo challenge from Where’s My Backpack? The irony of these photos is that I’m not a beach person. I can lie on a beach for about three seconds before I’m bored out of my […]

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Werder’s Baumbl├╝tenfest

Together Against NazisAt the weekend we attended the second largest Volksfest in Germany, the largest being Oktoberfest of course. When I told my German students here in Munich that I went to the Baumblütenfest in Werder, they all looked at me and said, “Where? The what?” Apparently, the festival is not so well known south […]

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Expat Author Interview with Claire King

Author Claire KingClaire King has lived in rural France for the last 11 years, where she leads a patchwork sort of life involving parenting, writing, earning money in brief stints away from home as an independent facilitator and running their two gîtes. Her first novel, The Night Rainbow, came out this spring from Bloomsbury. She […]

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