25 Countries in 7 Months
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Just over seven months ago, I started a year-long trip around the world to research the global experience of singleness among Christians. Here’s a snapshot of my travels,
GSP 8: Protest and worship in London
People often ask how I can afford to travel the world for a year, after quitting my long-time non-profit job in San Francisco.
GSP 7: Finding the limits of faith in Scandinavia
The England research stop brought me back to unusually familiar ground, but never before had my visit coincided with that of a U.S. president. The result: a close-up view of protests.
GSP Stopover: How to stay awake in St. Petersburg
How do you tell when God is choosing to provide more dramatically than ever … or is closing a door?
GSP 6: Moscow, by way of the World Cup (a geography lesson)
After Russia, I planned to head west to Sweden. But since I’ve always believed in making the most of scant time, I thought I could manage not, but two, short stopovers in between.
GSP 5: The Kyiv post I didn't plan to write
The headlines before this trip began did not augur well for a possible stop in Russia, as that country and mine traded diplomatic punishments.
GSP Stopover: Receiving the Istanbul given to me
Late-evening sunlight and a local sketch variety show on the bus TV provided my first introduction to Kyiv once I'd left the airport. This mix of the familiar and unfamiliar proved a good foretaste of my week there.
GSP 4: Bucharest, or a Transylvanian enigma
My fantasy of an Istanbul stopover involved a morning immersed in the history of the Hagia Sophia, followed by a brief stop to feast my eyes and nose in one of the city's famous markets. But as with many other parts of this trip, I had to adjust to a slightly different reality.
GSP Stopover: Vienna surprise
My surprise day in Vienna meant finishing travel to Bucharest on a Sunday morning, hence missing church. Fortunately, though, I still found time for both reflection and fellowship.
Vienna vies with London as one of my favorite European cities, but I had not planned to stop there. Under the idiosyncracies of the Eurail pass, however, I'd been too spontaneous with my travel plans.