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Sonja Stark: The One and Only

GoNOMAD readers are probably familiar with Sonja Stark's effervescent style of travel writing, her eye-popping photographs, and her groundbreaking travel video shorts, all of which we're proud to feature on We're also proud of the fact that she was first published on our site.

She first dazzled us with her walking tour of Dallas, and then visited Quebec City where she took in a music festival and slept on a park bench. Right there we knew she was a true nomad.

We followed Sonja on her tour around the world with Semester at Sea aboard the MV Explorer, the fastest passenger vessel in the world. After stops in Venezuela and Brazil, she crossed the Atlantic with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and visited the impoverished townships of South Africa and the cell where Nelson Mandela was confined for 18 years.

Sony with children of the Embera Tribe in Panama
Sonja with children of the Embera Tribe in Panama

After a stopover in Mauritius, she went on to India where she stayed with the "untouchables" the Shudras and the Dalits. In Vietnam she wrote about the echoes of war in what is now a land of peace.

She reported on the warmth of the people and the oppressive government in Myanmar and the business boom (Cha Ching) in Hong Kong.

Since returning to the 'States, she has visited Montana, Argentina and Panama where she filmed the first of her "Travel Shorts" videos.

Sonja is an award-winning, Albany, NY, and NYC-based freelance videographer, and the founder of PilotGirl Productions. She is currently working with several non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Sean's Run, 9H Camp for Handicapped Children, MDA and St. Jude Children's Hospital.
A puppeteer in Myanmar - photo by Sony Stark

Read Sonja's Blog: PilotGirl Travel Blog

Stories and Photos by Sonja Stark:

Salt Lake City in the Summer

Berlin, Germany: Balm for the Soul

Lake Placid NY: Winter Sports for All

A Walking Tour of Polished Concrete: Hamburg's Futuristic Harbor City

Biking Pittsburgh's Transformed Riverfronts

Seeing the Sights of Dijon via the Sexy Segway

Miami on Wheels: Traveling With a Disability

The Festival of the Sahara: Galloping Stallions, Camel Wrestling and Rabbit Chases

Aboard the New Airbus A380 Jet

A Visit to the Bavarian Alps: Christmas Markets and Pagan Spirits

The Lake Region of Chile: Temperate Rainforests and World-Class Volcanoes

Tunisia's El Ghriba Festival: A Journey of Understanding

Spring Skiing in the French Alps: Adrenaline with Dividends

Sarawak, Malaysia: A Muddy, Memorable Music Festival

Turku and Helsinki, Finland: A Tale of Two Cities in a Young Republic

Smugglers Notch, Vermont: Screaming Fun on Groomers and Glades

Greenland: Island of Melting Traditions

Touring the South of France: Ancient Bones, Fine Wine and Fairy-Tale Castles

The Voyage That Changed History: London to Jamestown, 1606

Lincolnshire, England: Two Thousand Years of History

Panama's Wild Side: An Undiscovered Paradise for the Eco-Traveler

Buenos Aires: Paris of the South

Montana's Wildest Winter Resorts

Nashville, Tennessee: A Renaissance in Music City

Argentina's Iguassu Falls: Niagara's Big Brother

Quebec City: Fine Art, Fois Gras and Frog's Legs Dallas: The Big D Offers Museums Galore and Even Places to, um, Walk!

Venezuela: First Stop on Sony's World Tour

An artiste in Quebec City
An artiste in Quebec City

Salvador, Brazil: Second Port of Call

South Africal: My Favorite Country So Far

Mauritius: Sony's Secret Island Paradise

Myanmar: Friendly, But Not Free

Visiting the Untouchables of India

Sony Visits Vietnam: Echoes of War in a Land of Peace

Sony Visits China: Cha-Ching, Feng Shui and Man Mo

Asia Photo Gallery

MV Explorer Shipboard Photo Gallery


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Mo By Sony Stark Hong Kong As the former British colony draws closer an isolated monolith
Stark. Sony Visits Vietnam: Echoes of War in a Land of Peace By Sony Stark Even though it's
The top of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Photos bySonja Stark. Click on photo to enlarge
The top of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Photos bySonja Stark. Click on photo to enlarge
Doing the tango in Buenos Aires. photos by Sony Stark. Buenos Aires: The Paris
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Visiting the Untouchables of India - Page Two By Sony Stark My friends and I
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Torchlight Ski Parade at Red Lodge Mountain Resort's Winter Carnival - photos by Sony Stark
is it?" Sony asked with a yawn, as we sat finishing dinner beneath a thatched partial roof at the El
Around the World in 100 Days Editor's note: Videographer Sony Stark
Mr. Sony, our personal valet. Photo by Bill Pfeffer. Click on image to return to Bill
if you choose to do a day trip. Sony Stark Photos Big Water Rafting in the Adirondacks Racing Governor


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