Day 14: On the Europe & Asian border leaving Yekaterinburg #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

Today I am thinking about my daughter and I am meditating on her abilities and gifts. There is so much she has already given the world just by being born. So today as I continue on this journey, one that is getting more challenging by the second, I am praying for her safety and ours.… Continue reading Day 14: On the Europe & Asian border leaving Yekaterinburg #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

Day 13: The House of Special Purpose #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

It's a beautiful Day in Irkutsk. Today is a special day on the journey for me I am celebrating a huge accomplishment in my life. I am all smiles and filled with hope. I am moving in the world with so much gratitude and I'm excited for what this day will bring. I love tours… Continue reading Day 13: The House of Special Purpose #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

Day 12: On the Shores of Lake Baikal #transsiberianwriters

Today I am missing home. I'm missing our activists, poets and writers who are on the frontlines fighting for human rights. What I'm NOT missing are our politics, the injustices, the corruption, and the complete lack of respect for black and brown bodies. I made the mistake of logging into my social media and it… Continue reading Day 12: On the Shores of Lake Baikal #transsiberianwriters

Day 11: Train ride to Listvyanka/Irkutsk #transsiberianwriters #woctakerussia

It's 10:05pm. Today was a full day of travel. We will arrive in Listvyanka early in the morning so I'm going to bed soon. Tomorrow we will take a boat ride on Lake Baikal, and go on a hike. I am having an amazing time. I'm not home sick yet. I feel so at peace.… Continue reading Day 11: Train ride to Listvyanka/Irkutsk #transsiberianwriters #woctakerussia

Journal Entry Day 5 ~ Passing Khabarovsk #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

June 12, 2017, 3:33pm Beloved daughter, We are passing through Khabarovsk, I am staring out of the window and there is a beautiful view of the Amur River (Maferefun Ochun, Modupue) and I’m thinking of you. I am remembering how much fun we have had on our train rides. All of our adventures. I am… Continue reading Journal Entry Day 5 ~ Passing Khabarovsk #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

Journal Entry ~ Day 4 Meeting Klavdiya #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

June 12, 2017, 6:09PM Today is our first day on the train ride! I didn't sleep. I am too excited. This is not the U.S. and we are not in New York City. If you miss your train you’re pretty much screwed and can lose valuable travel days. I dislike rushing and being late. So… Continue reading Journal Entry ~ Day 4 Meeting Klavdiya #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

Journal entry ~ Day 3 #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

June 11, 2017, 10:09PM Walking around Vladivostok I am picking up on a lot… feeling so much old history. WWII history; in the monuments, the submarine museum. The architecture is stunning. I love that this is a seaport city--it feels like a taste of Newport and the ports of Latin America combined. Being near the… Continue reading Journal entry ~ Day 3 #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

Day 10: Next Stop Listvyanka #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #wocwriters

This morning I wake to the sad news that my beloved friend Jaime "El Maestro" Emeric is no longer with us. He was a magnificent spirit and talented poet. This is the second time someone special has passed away while I'm away on a spiritual and creative journey. My dear friend Margo died while I… Continue reading Day 10: Next Stop Listvyanka #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #wocwriters

Day 9: Magical Indigenous People of Russia #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

People are more than the costumes they wear. In my travels I have learned that visiting countries is more than taking photos with street performers. I am visiting a place where I hope to embrace and soak up as much as I possibly can from the people I meet and the food that I taste.… Continue reading Day 9: Magical Indigenous People of Russia #transsiberianwriters #writingchallenge #woctakerussia

Day 8: Mindfulness and Self Care in Ulan-Ude #transsiberianwriters #woctakerussia #writingchallenge

Pozdravleniya! поздравления! Congratulations! We have completed one week on this writing journey together. There is so much to celebrate. We have taken a huge risk venturing so far away from home. We have had plenty to adjust to, a new culture, different languages and customs. One of the things we have had to learn is… Continue reading Day 8: Mindfulness and Self Care in Ulan-Ude #transsiberianwriters #woctakerussia #writingchallenge