A roof. And the Internet.

It’s pretty amazing how much we can take shelter for granted (and access to the Internet). Especially if that shelter is your own, and it’s safe. After a few weeks of traveling and moving from place to place, I ended up in an apartment here in Amsterdam where I’ll be staying for a couple of weeks. I was so relieved to drop off my stuff, have privacy, feel safe, be connected and have a place to cook. I walked out into the world a revived person simply because I felt grounded. I had a home.

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I’m thankful to be reminded of this precious gift. And to remember that so many others in our world don’t have this luxury – and maybe they never will. Building more sustainable and accessible communities is incredibly important to creating world citizens who are peaceful, productive and healthy.

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

— Cesare Pavese
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