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Touching Base [18 May 2003|05:08pm]
[ mood | calm ]

Bloomington, Indiana feeling fine.

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Peace Tour Update Day 35 - Minneapolis, MN USA [04 Feb 2003|04:40am]
[ mood | hopeful ]

I'm currently in Minneapolis on a peace tour and I'm curious about what locals think. Monday night, I had the benefit of attending an interactive workshop in Saint Paul. Hosted by Phil Seger, of Friends for a Non-Violent world, I was able to meet with about 40 community members and discuss the facts and history on the current situation in Iraq. I am impressed and appreciative of your progressive community in the Twin Cities.

I'm encouraged that the Internet is one way to practice our democracy, share dialog, and become better informed. It may be the only hope we have for a true media for the people. So, I've included the following links to credible information on Iraq and voices not often heard in the TV media. Should you have time to consider them, I'd enjoy hearing your opinions.

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Credo of the Peaceful Traveler [24 Jan 2003|09:53am]

Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:

Journey with an open mind and gentle heart

Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter

Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life

Appreciate all cultures I discover

Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome

Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet

Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,

By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace

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TOP TEN - Reasons to Travel [16 Jan 2003|12:46pm]
Alright, I can't count. Here's 13 great excuses to go somewhere away from home.

1. learn about different cultures
2. challenge yourself
3. get away from work / home life
4. meet new people
5. relax
6. eat delicious / different food
7. experience things you've never imagined
8. immerse yourself in beautiful natural environments
9. gain an understanding of other people's lives
10. see incredible historical places
11. spend time by yourself
12. spend time with someone special to you
13. or even.... see the latest movie on the plane!

If you need more inspiration to get on out there, have a look at: http://launchpad2003.blogspot.com
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Here We Grow Again [14 Jan 2003|09:42am]
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The updated Site Template for Traveler's Launchpad is Online.
Special Thanks to Friends and Travelers who have signed up.
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Moving Bits Around [07 Jan 2003|03:37pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

Well, the website is coming along nicely, though I still don't have the discussion boards or my travel log up yet.

No matter when there's not much to write. I haven't been very active yet in Minneapolis because I usually have my head in this computer. However, I'm meeting many wonderful people from all over the globe during late night chat sessions. How else would I have the opportunity to meet those in time zones 12 hours apart?

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Seeking Kindred Travelers [03 Jan 2003|07:19pm]
[ mood | energetic ]

Hello Friends

I'm visiting the Twin Cities as part of an International Peace Tour, hoping to meet other activists who are either on the road or living here but going somewhere this year. I've been working on creating an online community of activists called Travelers for Peace.

It looks like I'll be here for at least part of the winter, so I've started a Meetup for backpackers, travelers, and folks "just passin' through". Connect with others who are 'stuck' in the Twin Cities.

Please visit:

Cheers, Gideon

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Hanging Over [02 Jan 2003|01:08pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Happy New Year!

I'm slowly coming back to the land of the living today, as I have been sleeping off a hangover from hell. New Year's Eve was a blast. I spent it with my friend Renae at a party in St. Louis Park. I met many of her friends, including some people from India and Italy.

It seems that even during the most frightening period our society has known in modern times, we still find pleasure in being alive. Of course, the alcohol helps. But more than that, a spirit is present that bonds us together in a shared sense of hope. It was apparent at this party filled with people from all walks of life- older and younger adults, both men and women, hippies, freaks, punks, and drunks- Our unity is found in the celebration of our diversity.

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Let The Journey Begin [01 Jan 2003|10:09am]
[ mood | contemplative ]

As I begin this journal, I cannot help thinking about the challenges the new year promises for travelers. In the age of globalization, we live with a fragile combination of despair and inspiration. Terrorism and war may prevent many would-be travelers from exploring their dreams. However, the path I am undertaking today is one of hope, not fear.
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