We are indeed living in trying times, and it’s been hard to feel hopeful while feeling hopeless. However, right now, more than ever, we have to be resourceful and community-oriented. This pandemic isn’t an invitation to act like an entitled jackass. Instead, look at how you could help your local economy thrive. Your dollars help your community by staying in your community. As always, practice proper social distancing and only send healthy people in your family out to get food.

Traveling shouldn’t require you to add more carbon footprints. Zero waste travel saves Mama Globe and adds the jingle to our pockets. How can you go wrong? If you’ve been meaning to dip your toes in the world of zero waste travel, I’ve come up with a simple zero waste travel carry-on kit. Remember we want to use what we have first before buying anything.

I’m near wine country and rarely take advantage of it. I also have beaches, deserts, and mountains all within driving distance. Okay, now I just sound ridiculous.

As always, if you are in need of a physical book it goes without saying that your local library can assist you. Some libraries and schools offer access to Mango Languages, which is essentially a better and free version of Rosetta Stone. By the way, never buy Rosetta Stone. That’s just my two Euros.

Arriving at the Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), there wasn’t any time to look disoriented.After all, the herd of people making their way up the stairs made sure everyone kept it moving. I was starving and rather than risk becoming a chalk outline of my former self, I went for the first place that caught my eye, Heißer Wolf. The women behind the counter look like they could choke slam me if I didn’t properly address them. In Berlin, I could at least get by with broken German before someone just spoke English to me to save me. Here I wasn’t so lucky and resorted to hand gestures and singing Kraftwerk’s “Numbers” before ordering.

Nothing is more disheartening than the realization that you have spent thousands of dollars only to travel 60 miles west of your home.