Category: Travel

August 9, 2018 / / Africa
August 8, 2018 / / Africa
May 28, 2018 / / Bolivia

I was a couple of years along in university. The shine of new adulthood was fading. I went through a hard…

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May 20, 2018 / / Africa
March 22, 2018 / / Travel
April 13, 2017 / / Argentina
April 2, 2017 / / Chile

The 120 kilometer (75 mile) trail around Torres del Paine in southern Patagonia is one of the world’s best treks.…

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March 31, 2017 / / Chile

Once again we were back in Chile. This time near the famous Torres del Paine National Park. It was the…

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March 28, 2017 / / Argentina
March 23, 2017 / / Argentina

I have been dreaming about Patagonia since I was a boy. It has always held a mythical power in my…

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March 22, 2017 / / Argentina

Steak, wine, cinema, tango, history, and sausage. Buenos Aires is a sprawling metropolis of over 10 million people, we only…

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March 14, 2017 / / Argentina

Mendoza is all about one thing:  Wine. We toured through many vineyards and wineries. We drank a lot of wine.…

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March 11, 2017 / / Chile

Valparaiso is Santiago’s bohemian cousin on the coast. It is a beautiful, crumbling bastion of contrasts. Rickety funiculars rise up…

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March 8, 2017 / / Chile

Santiago is an eminently livable city. It’s full of great food, the public tansportation is fast and efficient, and the…

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March 6, 2017 / / Chile
March 1, 2017 / / Peru

We came to Arequipa, Peru’s white city, to eat.  We wanted find out what Peruvian food was all about. We…

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February 23, 2017 / / Peru

Homestays are always an interesting experience. It can be awkward, it can be transcendent, and it sometimes dizzily sways between…

Read the PostLake Titicaca

February 18, 2017 / / Peru

After Machu Picchu we began making our way back to Cusco. Along the way we visited Ollantaytambo, a weaving center,…

Read the PostThe Sacred Valley

February 18, 2017 / / Peru

It’s not easy to find a traveler, or anyone really, that hasn’t dreamed of visiting Machu Picchu. I had the pleasure…

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February 11, 2017 / / Ecuador
February 9, 2017 / / Ecuador

Cuenca is an exceedingly comfortable city in southern Ecuador. After spending a few weeks with the predominantly indigenous populations of…

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February 1, 2017 / / Ecuador

As the weather in Ecuador continued to spoil our trekking and climbing plans we shifted course and focused on humans.…

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February 1, 2017 / / Ecuador
January 27, 2017 / / Ecuador

We had come to see mountains and trek through hillsides. Clouds, rain, and stomach problems kept our wanderings contained to…

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January 17, 2017 / / Ecuador

The Amazon touches 11 countries and is the defining feature of South America. By its very nature jungle is difficult…

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January 15, 2017 / / Ecuador

After a wonderful time in the Galapagos we headed for Quito. As the oldest city in the Americas Quito is…

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January 11, 2017 / / Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are an almost mythical travel destination. When the naturalist Charles Darwin visited the flora and fauna prompted…

Read the PostGalapagos: Above Water

January 2, 2017 / / Ecuador
January 10, 2015 / / Photography
August 16, 2013 / / Europe
May 12, 2013 / / Europe
April 29, 2013 / / Israel
April 1, 2013 / / Asia
January 9, 2013 / / Asia

The state of Punjab in Northwest of India is the vibrant homeland of the Sikh religion. In the city of…

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January 1, 2013 / / Asia

Love it or hate it Delhi has everything. It contains some of India´s most impressive architecture and offers a dazzling…

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December 30, 2012 / / Asia

North Central India is plagued by heavy fog in winter. Apparently, Indra, the Hindu god of weather, forgot about our…

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December 26, 2012 / / Asia

Valerie and I travel for extended periods. Time is a valuable and we choose to spend ours traveling. Most people…

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December 25, 2012 / / Asia

India is overflowing with legendary sights. The erotic temples of Khajuraho are no exception. They appear like a mirage out…

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December 19, 2012 / / Asia

The Ganges is India´s most sacred river and most important pilgrimage. To Hindus dying here guarantees transcendence from the cycle…

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December 19, 2012 / / Asia

India had been whispering to us for years. Traces of its influence were everywhere, flavoring everything we had seen in…

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December 17, 2012 / / Asia

With two weeks left on our Nepali visa we considered our options. We had to return Kathmandu to get our…

Read the PostLeaving Nepal

December 17, 2012 / / Asia
December 17, 2012 / / Asia
December 12, 2012 / / Asia
December 11, 2012 / / Asia

Having recuperated from the week long trek from Jiri to Namche Bazaar we bid steak dinners and apple pie farewell…

Read the PostThe Three Passes

December 11, 2012 / / Asia

Most people fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to get into the Khumbu (region around Mt. Everest). Flights aren’t exactly cheap…

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December 11, 2012 / / Asia
December 11, 2012 / / Asia
August 13, 2012 / / Asia
August 11, 2012 / / Asia
August 10, 2012 / / Asia

After a lackluster experience in Kandy we were in search of greener pastures. The train ride through the central highlands…

Read the PostTrains in Sri Lanka

August 8, 2012 / / Asia
August 6, 2012 / / Asia
June 2, 2012 / / Asia

Before we arrived in Semporna, the jumping off point for diving Sipadan island, we’d taken an overnight bus to Tawau,…

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June 1, 2012 / / Asia

The very name conjures up images of dense jungles, head hunting tribesman, and venomous species at every turn. Once this…

Read the PostDestination Borneo

May 28, 2012 / / Asia
May 24, 2012 / / Asia
May 23, 2012 / / Asia
May 23, 2012 / / Asia
May 7, 2012 / / Asia
May 7, 2012 / / Asia
May 6, 2012 / / Asia
May 4, 2012 / / Asia
May 4, 2012 / / Asia
April 23, 2012 / / Asia
April 23, 2012 / / Asia

Getting here was an adventure. We left Donsol about two minutes too late and the ferry tickets we needed went…

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April 23, 2012 / / Asia
April 22, 2012 / / Asia
April 22, 2012 / / Asia
April 16, 2012 / / Australia
April 16, 2012 / / Australia
March 22, 2012 / / Australia
March 22, 2012 / / Australia
March 22, 2012 / / Australia
March 22, 2012 / / Australia
March 22, 2012 / / Australia
March 21, 2012 / / Australia
January 28, 2011 / / Asia
January 5, 2011 / / Asia
July 9, 2010 / / Asia
July 8, 2010 / / Asia
June 29, 2010 / / Asia
June 22, 2010 / / Asia
June 16, 2010 / / Asia
June 16, 2010 / / Asia

Our first weeks have gone by in a blur. We’ve completed exams, spent hours mercilessly repeating skills, and above all…

Read the PostDivemaster: Part 2

June 8, 2010 / / Asia

Val and I are becoming PADI Divemasters.  For those of you that don’t scuba dive a divemaster is basically a professional dive…

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June 8, 2010 / / Asia
June 2, 2010 / / Asia
May 29, 2010 / / Asia

Here we are again, painlessly over the border and back in Malaysia. The free 3 month visa on arrival certainly…

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May 20, 2010 / / Asia
May 1, 2010 / / Asia
April 20, 2010 / / Asia

Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is one of the more interesting major cities we have been too. The electricity only works about…

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April 15, 2010 / / Asia
April 14, 2010 / / Asia

As a student for the last 4 1/2 years, working a full-time job, and often a part-time job as well…

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April 8, 2010 / / Asia
April 1, 2010 / / Asia
March 31, 2010 / / Asia
March 30, 2010 / / Asia
March 26, 2010 / / Asia

Getting here was quite and adventure.  All of the regular “open tour” buses that pick you up from your hotel…

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March 24, 2010 / / Asia

Hue, Vietnam was the royal capital for the Nguyen Lords, a fuedal dynasty that controlled all of Southern Vietnam between…

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March 20, 2010 / / Asia
March 16, 2010 / / Asia
March 13, 2010 / / Asia

Just the name conjures up images and connotations.  The nicest bus we’ve ever taken brought us into the heart of…

Read the PostHanoi, Vietnam

March 11, 2010 / / Asia
March 7, 2010 / / Asia

“Do you want some motion sickness pills?” asked a concerned co-passenger.  “It’s not motion sickness.”  -Scotty 5 hours in to…

Read the PostVang Vieng, Laos

March 3, 2010 / / Asia
March 1, 2010 / / Asia

Travel in Laos is usually a difficult affair, so the boat ride from Nong Khiaw was a much appreciated pleasure. …

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February 27, 2010 / / Asia

Getting here was a little slice of magic, and another dose of torture.  But after many hours in mini-busses on…

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February 23, 2010 / / Asia
February 22, 2010 / / Asia
February 20, 2010 / / Asia
February 11, 2010 / / Asia
February 2, 2010 / / Asia
February 2, 2010 / / Asia
February 1, 2010 / / Asia

Well, you might say this place has a reputation.  And we’d probably tell you that from what we could see…

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January 28, 2010 / / Asia

What do you do when you’ve enjoyed 2 of the 3 things a region is famous for? Go for the third…

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January 19, 2010 / / Asia
January 15, 2010 / / Asia
January 10, 2010 / / Asia

We ended up staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 3 weeks.  Celebrating Val’s 30th Birthday, Christmas, and New Years.  We…

Read the PostCameron Highlands

December 24, 2009 / / Asia

Considering that we have been gone for 3 months, taken 8 flights, and traveled about 13,680 miles (22,016 km), our…

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December 23, 2009 / / Asia

…and then suddenly we found ourselves in Bali, the most touristy area in Indonesia, and we would quickly find out…

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December 4, 2009 / / Asia

As we began readying ourselves to leave Yogyakarta it became clear that getting to Bali was going to be a…

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November 29, 2009 / / Asia

Yogyakarta (pronounced Joe – g – jah – kar – tah) is the cultural capital of the island of Java,…

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November 23, 2009 / / Asia
November 21, 2009 / / Asia
November 21, 2009 / / Asia

The Togean Islands are a collection of limestone plots huddled in a large peninsula formed by North and Central Sulawesi. …

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November 2, 2009 / / Asia
October 30, 2009 / / Asia

Pulau Bunaken is a small island off the Northeast coast of the Sulawesi, Indonesia.  We’re here for only one reason…

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October 19, 2009 / / Asia
October 18, 2009 / / Asia
October 18, 2009 / / Asia

Banda Aceh definitely deserves its own post.  Banda Aceh was the epicenter of of the earthquake that caused the 2004…

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October 17, 2009 / / Asia

Well we’re back in Kuala Lumpur and finally have reliable internet.  Here are the photos from Pulau Weh, Sumatra, Indonesia…

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October 10, 2009 / / Asia

We’re still in Pulau Weh for one more day.  Next we’re off to search for Orangutans in Gunung Leusur National…

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October 5, 2009 / / Asia
September 28, 2009 / / Asia
September 25, 2009 / / Asia

Finally we made it to Pulau Weh… It took a bit of work but we’ve been able to relax for…

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September 19, 2009 / / Asia

We started our day today with lamb, chicken, and pork in a variety of delicious sauces at an Indian restaurant…

Read the PostBatu Caves

September 18, 2009 / / Asia

I’m in Asia…..finally!! Yeah. I have made some attempts to post sooner but the Internet apparently hates me in Malaysia.…

Read the PostVal Goes Bald

September 17, 2009 / / Asia
September 15, 2009 / / Asia