About: Joe Dodgshun

Berlin-based Kiwi, passionate about writing, photography, and the potential of both to open minds and open worlds. Inspired by climate innovation, socent and responsible travel, hoping to inspire others.

The lost weeks of Lisbon
2 Jun 2016

The lost weeks of Lisbon

Three weeks have somehow passed since I arrived in Lisbon; time which I can only assume simply evaporated in the indescribable light that illuminates this city. I’ve not forgotten. There was work, room-hunting, drinking moonshine cherry schnapps from the old lady selling it out of her window, wandering the streets, riding its ferries and buses, adventures with new friends, gasping in the cold Atlantic waters and an octupus that set off a charming little allergic reaction. But at this point,...

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Five Lessons I’ve Lived & Learned as a Remote Freelancer

My one year anniversary as a remote freelance writer has long come and gone, leaving behind a mountain of published words, enough coffee stains that my plastic-topped desk occasionally attains a convincing oak hue, and a handful of  rather important lessons. In the interest of  noting these down for those days where nothing seems to work  helping others who are thinking of making the leap, here are the top five lessons I’ve lived and learned since starting out as a freelancer. The importance...

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The untold stories of winter
27 Mar 2016

The untold stories of winter

  It’s time to tell the untold stories of winter. Stories at risk of being lost to spring sensations like fragrant breezes across the face, or the flat-out denial of winter that will come when the weather turns to absolute rubbish again. – — – Silvester (NYE). Berlin is known for its wild new year’s eve celebrations, with the reckless abandon of its impromptu firework celebrations commonly drawing war zone comparisons. So naturally, we climbed onto our friend’s rooftop to...

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ITB Inspiration for Responsible Tourism

The last visitors of the 2016 ITB Travel Convention have long since traipsed home with their haul of exotic candy, business connections and tourism flyers, but I’ve found myself walking away with something perhaps just as valuable: a sense of invigoration and inspiration. Berlin’s ITB is the biggest of its kind in the world. This year was the 50th time it has brought together global tourism players; the meeting of a multi-trillion dollar industry,  one which saw almost 1.2 billion international...

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The Barcelona Score Card.
14 Feb 2016

The Barcelona Score Card.

Day Seven: The wind gusts rocking the aeroplane gave myriad alarming perspectives of a squally, green and gray Berlin. Despite relief at safely landing, the contrast to seven days spent in sun-baked Barcelona is a bit depressing. This was a special trip, as I was last in the Catalonian capital almost three years ago, sleeping on a friend’s rooftop terrace as I created and launched this website. Although I found myself constantly stumbling across old haunts and vague memories, I...

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12 months, 12 countries, 12 photos.

As mentioned in my end-of-year blog post, 2015 was an insane 12 months. Before I succumb to the tugging tides of 2016, I thought I would share a quick snapshot of the year: 12 photos from 12 countries, across 12 months. It’s become a tradition of mine to make a travel photography calendar for my family for Christmas (check out 2014’s one here). Now that they have (hopefully) all been delivered, here is a taste of the 2015 travel calendar for everyone...

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Down the freelance rabbit hole
27 Dec 2015

Down the freelance rabbit hole

Time flies when you’re working as a freelancer. In one year, you can go from the first, intimidating prospects of remote work with people you’ve never met, to a summer spent indoors sweating to conjure up stacks of copywriting and contracts; celebrate visa renewal with simultaneous work and travel, and then end up in an incredible co-working community. Next thing you know, you’re BBQing with a Portuguese fire pig and drinking Glühwein, despite Europe’s resurrection of spring making it far too warm...

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Peek into Germany’s Green Start-up Scene

I think I’ve found the key to Germany’s economic strength. On Thursday I infiltrated the Bundesministerium für Umwelt (the German Federal Ministry for the Environment). In the depths of its halls I received a fortune cookie from a man named Herr Maus. Having devoured the missive’s protective casing, I held the thin strip of paper up to the light. “Dieser Keks hat magische Kräfte: Wer ihn isst, wird erfolgreich gründen!” Or, in English: “This cookie has magic powers: Whoever eats...

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Season of change
9 Nov 2015

Season of change

I’ve already been back in Berlin for two weeks and it’s irrefuteably a city of change. Much is different after the month I spent travelling through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Germany’s Indian summer is showing signs of finally coming to an end. Christmas market stalls and festive snacks are surfacing, the one-twelth of a year I missed has offered some domestic surprises among friends, and those who have decided to tackle a Berlin winter are settling down. The soaring...

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Blat through the Baltics: Tallinn and Lahemaa National Park

If I’m to be honest, Estonia was the part of the Baltics I was looking forward to the most. A tiny country within a (careful) stone’s throw of Russia, Finland and Latvia, more than half its land surface is covered by forest, the language is part of the insanely complicated Finno-Ugric family (with Finnish and Hungarian), its capital Tallinn is renowned for its fairytale old town and it’s home to a band I was obsessed with a few years back,...

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