Sonja with kids in Venezuela
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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 GoNOMAD.com. 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.
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
Quebec City: Fine Art, Fois Gras and Frog's Legs
Dallas: The Big D Offers
Museums Galore and Even
Places to, um, Walk!
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
Venezuela: First Stop on Sony's World Tour
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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