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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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Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop Hotel Review

Hotel lobby of Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop

The Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown The Loop is probably the best value hotel you can book on points in Chicago. Last October, I visited Chicago for a few days while attending the annual Chicago Seminars. My younger sister was with… 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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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