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Sabra Gertsch
The rewards of traveling alone on a global walkabout are the people along the way who become part of the narrative. There’s magic in those minutes or hours when lives intersect and strangers from faraway places share an experience before journeying on. Those interactions kept me company as I schlepped my 50-pound bag and my camera through 20 countries. The wandering continues. I am a freelance, Emmy award-winning journalist who anchored and reported at television stations in Austin, Phoenix and Seattle. I'm writing a book about an aviator who changed the world.

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Entries by Sabra Gertsch

To Congo, With Love: Send Us Your Lullabies

(66) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 11:34 PM

In the middle of the crisis, Krysta Strasbaugh sees the banana trees. Their flat, broad leaves flutter like flags of truce above the barbed wire over the protective wall. She watches them every evening from the front porch where she nestles head to toe with her son on a twin-sized...

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Pilot in Command: Remembering an Aviator Who Changed the World

(9) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 9:42 AM


I waited for Mr. Taylor at our favorite coffee shop this morning, as I always do. I imagined his navy blue Seattle Mariners jacket, his straw fedora tilted upward as he stops at the corner to count the airplanes flying overhead. I imagined...

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Greece: Once Upon a Spittle

(8) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 12:50 PM

I discovered two widows and a waitress in Greece. I think they may have slipped off the pages of a Grimm's fairy tale and tumbled to soft landings in mountains near the sea. These creatures are precious witches with warty skin, vibrant souls, and eyes that hold the truths of...

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Madame Vinegar: A Character From My Travels in Greece

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 3:06 PM

I ruptured my right calf muscle lugging too many bags down stairs in Athens. Being the sophisticated traveler that I am, I strap an ice pack to my injured leg, stick it out the window of our SUV, and bounce awkwardly in my seat to Stevie Ray Vaughan during the...

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An Angel in Athens

(11) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 5:06 PM

There's an angel in Athens waiting at the corner, and he's been sitting there patiently for 23 years. An old eyelid hangs like a shade over one eye, so he uses the other to examine the minutes and the people passing by. In the shadow of the Acropolis, he sips...

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