About Me

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“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

          – Ibn Battuta

Hi, I’m Danny, and in case you haven’t noticed, I like to travel.

I’ve witnessed a revolution in Egypt, taught English to schoolchildren in Stuttgart, been on top of the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa, in case you’re wondering), and gotten Delhi Belly from India. Most of the time, though, I’m working an ordinary nine-to-five job and enjoying the simpler aspects of life as an expat in Germany.

Oh, and while we’re at it, the window seat always wins (despite my long legs). Hands down.

Where did it all begin?

I credit my “itchy travel feet” (okay, excuse the kitschiness and the mildly disturbing mental image) to a trip my family took to England when I was nine years old. After spending three months in the U.K., life back in Ohio just wasn’t the same. Three years later, we went back again. And yep, you guessed it: My “condition” only got worse. Fast forward another four years, and I was living in a small town in southern Germany as a high school exchange student for a year.

By the time I got to college, I knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to travel and pursue another passion of mine – languages (yeah, I’m one of those people who learns a language like Swedish in their spare time for fun). After a semester abroad in the Middle East where, yes, my arrival coincided with the above-mentioned revolution in Egypt, I returned to the U.S. for a year, completed my studies, and headed out again in 2012 – this time back to Germany.

So here I am, exploring what I can of Germany, Europe, and beyond when I’m not working or stuffing my face with all the ethnic food I can find in Frankfurt.

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So why The Dusty Compass?

For me, the compass represents travel in all directions. And the “dusty” part? Well, I like to think that it stands for the experience I’ve gathered along the way (I swear I’m not being pretentious… okay, maybe a little).

Want to know more?

Send me an email (dustycompassdanny@gmail.com) or use the contact form here.