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Calais Diaries: Banksy’s Mural and the American Living in the Calais Jungle

Banksy's Steve Jobs Mural Calais Jungle refugee camp

After harassing the volunteer coordinator some persistence, I scored a spot on the Help Refugees distribution team. But first I got assigned to the Calais Jungle clean-up crew. The crew was in charge of cleaning the Calais Jungle and ensuring the camp’s water… Continue Reading

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Calais Diaries: That Time I Got Yelled at By One of the Refugees

My first day at Jungle Books in the Calais Jungle went smoothly and I met some nice people…until the very end. On my way to a classroom, I passed a young man around 20 years old from Kabul, who muttered something unintelligible, yet… Continue Reading

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Calais Diaries: Day 1 at the Help Refugees Warehouse

Pile of garbage bags filled with insulation material at Help Refugees L’Auberge des Migrants Warehouse

Calais is a small town in Northern France that lies along the English Channel, an hour from London via Eurostar. The town houses the Calais Jungle refugee camp, home to over 9,000 refugees mostly from Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, and Eritrea. Only a handful… Continue Reading

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Hyatt Regency Paris Charles de Gaulle Hotel Review

My stay at the Hyatt Regency Paris Charles De Gaulle wasn’t planned but turned out to be just what I needed. After a hellish few days, I ended up at Charles De Gaulle Airport, which is perhaps the worst airport… Continue Reading

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Review: Aegean Airlines Economy Class Thessaloniki to Paris

Flying over Thessaloniki on a Aegean Airlines flight to Paris

After a few days in Thessaloniki, I decided to head to Calais to volunteer with Help Refugees. Things were unorganized in Thessaloniki and I felt like I wasn’t getting to do what I came there for. You can read about… Continue Reading

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Met Hotel Thessaloniki Review

Suite at The Met Hotel Thessaloniki

The Met Hotel Thessaloniki is one of the best hotels you’ll find in the city. The place is very modern and immaculately clean – the fact that I’m pointing this out means it was that noticeable. Rates are reasonable –… Continue Reading