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Calais Diaries: New Kabul Restaurant, The Kid, The Welcome Wagon, and A Momento

Beef Qorma, salad, and bread at the New Kabul Restaurant in the Calais Jungle

While I enjoyed working at the Help Refugees warehouse, my goal was to get on the distribution team. Hettie had deemed my language skills “invaluable,” yet she couldn’t find room for me on the distribution team. It may have had… Continue Reading

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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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What Are You Saving Airline Miles and Hotel Points For?

I met up with my friend and fellow blogger Kendra a few months ago and at one point she asked me about my travel plans for the summer. I told her I was likely not going anywhere and her plans… Continue Reading

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How I Booked a $5,000+ Trip to Thessaloniki, Calais and London with Points and Miles

About a month ago, I booked a spontaneous trip to Europe in order to volunteer with two organizations helping refugees in Greece and France. The route outlined in the title is the same one hundreds of thousands of refugees are… Continue Reading