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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 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 MontanaArgentina 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.

 Read Sonja's GoNOMAD blog, Pilot Girl






Travel articles by Sonja Stark

Argentina's Iguassu Falls: Niagara's Big Brother

Argentina's Iguassu Falls: Niagara's Big Brother
Iguassu Falls in Argentina, complete with rapelling, hiking. boating and rafting.

Malaysia: The Sarawak Rainforest Music Festival

Malaysia: The Sarawak Rainforest Music Festival
Sony Stark travels to the Island of Borneo to get muddy and at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Nashville: A Renaissance in Music City

Nashville: A Renaissance in Music City
Nashville Tennessee: The author describes many of the attractions of Nashville, Tennessee, including the new Shermerhorn Symphony Center.

Greenland: Island of Melting Traditions

Greenland: Island of Melting Traditions
Greenland: Sony Stark travels to Greenland where she goes on a whale-watching cruise, samples the local cuisine and the hospitality, views the fjords and the ice flows and finally witnesses a pair of  ...

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

Turku and Helsinki, Finland: A Tale of Two Cities in a Young Republic
Finland: Sony Stark visits Turku and Helsinki in Finland, enjoying soothing saunas, fine dining and wild nightlife.

Buenos Aires: Paris of the South

Buenos Aires: Paris of the South
Buenos Aires: The author provides a detailed guide to the attractions, hotels, restaurants and markets in Buenos Aires.

Lincolnshire, England: Two Thousand Years of History

Lincolnshire, England: Two Thousand Years of History
Lincolnshire England: Sony Stark visits Lincolnshire, England, home to Lincoln Cathedral as well as many other historical sites.

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

Touring the South of France: Ancient Bones, Fine Wine and Fairy-Tale Castles
South France: Sony Stark visits Carcassonne, Bezier and Narbonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France.

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

The Festival of the Sahara: Galloping Stallions, Camel Wrestling and Rabbit Chases
Tunisia: Sony Stark goes to the Festival of the Sahara in Tunisia, celebrating bedouin traditions with great horsemanship, traditional dancing, acrobats, snake handlers, camel wrestling and rabbit hun ...

The Yukon River Quest: The Longest Canoe and Kayak Race in the World

The Yukon River Quest: The Longest Canoe and Kayak Race in the World
Yukon Territory | Sony Stark heads to the Canada's Yukon Territory for the 460-mile Yukon River Quest, the longest canoe and kayak race in the world.

A bird's-eye view of Dawson City

A birds eye view of Dawson City.

Aboard the new Airbus A380 Jet

Aboard the new Airbus A380 Jet
Sony Stark of Pilotgirl Productions takes off in the new Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft, on flight from New York to Paris.

San Antonio: Celebrating the Food Scene

San Antonio: Celebrating the Food Scene
San Antonio's Culinary stars. Visiting the River Walk and many fine restaurants in this exciting Texas City.

Visiting the Untouchables of India

Visiting the Untouchables of India
Sony Stark visits the Shudras and the Dalits, the 'untouchables' of India and writes about the the juxtaposition of grinding poverty and great beauty.

Our 2012 Travels: GoNOMAD Staff

Our 2012 Travels: GoNOMAD Staff
2012 staff travels | Where the writers and editors of GoNOMAD traveled in 2012

The Big D, Dallas: Museums, Walking and More!

The Big D, Dallas: Museums, Walking and More!
Dallas Texas: A guide to the museums, attractions and walking in the Big D.

The River Isar and More Summertime Favorites in Munich, Germany

The River Isar and More Summertime Favorites in Munich, Germany
Munich is famous for the fall Oktoberfest...But here are a few great reasons to visit in the summer.

Visiting Berlin...Balm for the Soul | GoNOMAD

Visiting Berlin...Balm for the Soul | GoNOMAD
A visit to Berlin, Germany where the author finds ultra modern hotels, lots of colorful street graffiti, and a burgeoning art scene

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Salt Lake City in the Summer

Salt Lake City in the Summer
Salt Lake City Utah in the summer. There are many activities, concerts, great dining, hiking and fun in this city, it's not just for the winter ski season. A guide to summer in Salt Lake City

Miami on Wheels: Traveling With a Disability

Miami on Wheels: Traveling With a Disability
Sony Stark explores the hotspots in Miami with her friend Kristina, who needs a wheelchair because of her broken leg.

Honduras: Diving off the Coast of Guanaja

Honduras:  Diving off the Coast of Guanaja
Diving off the coast the Guanaja Honduras.
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Lake Placid, New York: Winter Fun | GoNOMAD.com

Lake Placid, New York: Winter Fun | GoNOMAD.com
Lake Placid New York, home to winter sports and beautiful mountain scenery. Olympic traditions continue at Lake Placid, New York.

Salvador, Brazil: Second Port of Call

Salvador, Brazil: Second Port of Call
Sony Stark writes about the second port of call on her round-the-world voyage with Semester At Sea, Salvador, Brazil.

Spring Skiing in the French Alps: Adrenaline with Dividends

Spring Skiing in the French Alps: Adrenaline with Dividends
Sony Stark goes to the French Alps for some spring skiing and finds time to dance on tables and uncork a few bottles of champagne.

Montana's Wildest Winter Resorts

Montana's Wildest Winter Resorts
Sony Stark checks out the skiing and other attractions at Montana's premier winter resorts.

Smugglers Notch, Vermont: Screaming Fun on Groomers and Glades

Smugglers Notch, Vermont: Screaming Fun on Groomers and Glades
Sony Stark visits Smugglers Notch in Vermont and zips down some of their double-diamond trails.

Quebec City: World Music, Fine Art, Fois Gras, and Frog's Legs

Quebec City: World Music, Fine Art, Fois Gras, and Frog's Legs
Ssony Stark describes the many attractions of Quebec City.

Tunisia's El Ghriba Festival: A Journey of Understanding

Tunisia's El Ghriba Festival: A Journey of Understanding
Djerba, Tunisia where the El Ghriba Festival is celebrated by the Jewish community that has resided there for 2,500 years. Sony Stark looks into an often misunderstood world.

Ring in the New Year in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ring in the New Year in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico: Sonja Stark visits this southwestern city and visits the Pueblo Cultural Center and rides to up Sandia Peak's tram.

A Horse-Drawn Sleigh in the Tyrolean Alps of Austria

A Horse-Drawn Sleigh in the Tyrolean Alps of Austria
A horse-drawn sliegh in the Tryolean alps in Switzerland

Dijon, France by Segway Scooter

Dijon, France by Segway Scooter
Taking a tour of downtown Dijon, France by Segway Scooter is a great fun way to see the sights.

Venezuela: First Stop on Sony's World Tour

Venezuela: First Stop on Sony's World Tour
Sony Stark writes about the attractions - and the poverty - in Venezuela, the first stop on her round-the-world voyage with Semester At Sea.

The Voyage That Changed History: London to Jamestown, 1606

The Voyage That Changed History: London to Jamestown, 1606
GoNOMAD's Sony Stark visits Britain to commenorate the 400th anniversary of the expedition that established the first British settlement in North America in Jamestown, Virginia.

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

A Visit to the Bavarian Alps: Christmas Markets and Pagan Spirits
Sony Stark goes to Germany and shops at the Christmas markets of Bavaria, goes boating on the Konigssee and meets the Kramperl, an evil spirits dating back to ancient times.

 
 


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