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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 Sony 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.

Sony 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 Sony's Blog: PilotGirl

Stories and Photos by Sony Stark:

Lake Placid, NY; Winter Sports for All

Berlin: Balm for the Soul

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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