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‘welcome home’

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If you were curious about the “unimaginable rewards” that I mentioned lie at the bottom of Sonny’s “yikes cliff”- here are some specifics: My great friend and former travel buddy, Pol-Ewen, whom I met at Davis and traveled with from … Continue reading

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home away from home

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Despite recently leaving for this trip I find myself thinking a lot about the idea of “home” and what it means to feel “at home.” I’ve been starting to understand it in terms of comfort. My thought is that your … Continue reading

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the no-plan plan

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And so it goes- I’m off on another trip. Another one-way ticket. Another adventure into the unknown. Here is the plan: there is no plan. I have a working holiday visa for Australia which means that I can be here … Continue reading

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the long way home

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So our trio split ways. I headed out of Spain and continental Europe all together (out of the Schengen as well, thankfully- I was about out of days) and Robin and Keith were in for some Portuguese adventures. We wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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no Spain, no gain

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For most of my trip I didn’t think I was going to make it to Spain- I thought I’d run out of Schengen days. But I couldn’t let that happen- everyone raves about Spain with its many cultures and great people- I … Continue reading

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a taste of Swiss Birs

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Off the beach, out of Croatia, and back to Budapest. From there we took another overnighter, this one west- back through some of Austria, a bit into Germany, and then down into Switzerland. Of what I saw, the Swiss countryside … Continue reading

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eastcapades pt.2

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On to Croatia, and finally some time out of the Schengen Zone. We were up before the sun to catch a train to the nation’s capital, Zagreb. We spent all day there, checking out the small city, relaxing in its … Continue reading

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eastcapades pt.1

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So, this was the original plan: Keith and I were going to meet our great friend Robin and her sister Jess in Prague. They were going to fly over in celebration of many things, but notably of Robin finishing her … Continue reading

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il casa di Francone

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It was trickier than I thought to get from the start of the alps to Florence. I had the choice between a 12 hour bus from Lyon at midnight and crossing through the mountains or a 6 hour bus from … Continue reading

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un ami d’un ami cest un ami

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Let me tell you the story of Marine Serpault (pronounced Serpo for all us French newbs). Marine met my great friend Bryan many years ago when they were both studying in southern France. She came to California in 2010 to … Continue reading

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crossing paths once again

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It has been forever since I’ve posted and I apologize. Hopefully it won’t take much to recall all the good times I’ve had. At the end of the last post we had just taken Ed and Patrick up on a … Continue reading

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drei Berliners

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So it was yet another overnight bus- this one with Keith by my side. We drove south from Copenhagen and took a ferry back across the Baltic into Germany. From there we continued south to Berlin where we had plans … Continue reading

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$$$CANDINAVIA

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So, on to Finland. It’s really not too far- I think on a clear day you can even see some of Helsinki from Tallinn. It was only an hour and a half ferry, but of course distance isn’t everything. The … Continue reading

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“I must svim in ze Baltic”

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At the end of the last post, Pol-Ewen and I were hung over on a train headed out of Poland- a true testament to the power of the nation’s fine vodka. Our destination was Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, but … Continue reading

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Polandia

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So I said goodbye to the United Kingdom- it had been fun. I regret not making it to Liverpool or Edinburgh, but spending some time in the English countryside made up for that. Plus, I might make it back to … Continue reading

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Chep-stowaway

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After being submersed in loud, fast, crazy, expansive London excitement for over a week, I couldn’t possibly turn down an offer from Rosie to see some English countryside. Her family lives in the quaint town of Chepstow, just off the … Continue reading

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across the pond

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This post is dedicated to the great Keith Bailey- I’m sad that you’re not here with me my friend. To those of you who are uninformed, Keith, my great friend and intended travel buddy, snapped his collarbone in a biking … Continue reading

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home sweet home

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So we were back in the United States after being abroad for over 7 months. It was no doubt a strange feeling and one I assume is not felt very often for most people. The first place we saw was a … Continue reading

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Central America, part2

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Nicaragua turned out to be everything we hoped to find in Costa Rica: cheap food and accommodations, kind and open locals, and beautiful terrain. Our first stop was the beach town of San Juan del Sur. Perhaps the most touristy … Continue reading

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rookie moves

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In 7 months it’d be impressive not to have many mishaps just at home, living a normal life. For us here, surrounded by foreign people, places, and languages, we have of course had our fair share of mess-ups. Do-overs if … Continue reading

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Central America, part1

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Getting from our sailboat to the capital of Panama proved to be more expensive than we’d figured. We had no choice but to pay for a private motorboat taxi to the mainland. They, of course, would only take us to … Continue reading

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close calls

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Despite all the luck we’ve had this trip with just about everything: places being spectacular and living up to reputations, perfect weather, awesome fellow travelers, transportation working out, being able to meet up with people when planned, etc., we have … Continue reading

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three tickets to paradise

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Well, I had to get that last post off before this next update because when we left Cartagena, and Colombia, and South America, we paid a pretty penny to do so. Where Panama meets Colombia there is a region called … Continue reading

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¿Hay un descuento para estudiantes…?

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I estimate that so far on this trip I have spent about $6400 (rough estimate, including airfare). On average, that’s about $915 per month. Considering where we’ve been, what we’ve done and seen, and how comfortably we’ve traveled, that’s far … Continue reading

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last dance with South America

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Our long trek out of Paraguay landed us in Ica, Peru, a sizable city just off the Pacific coast. We spent the morning checking email and travel tips before negotiating a short, cheap taxi ride to Huacachina- an oasis just … Continue reading

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rolling stones ‘no más’

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Well, the same old type of post, updating where we’ve been and what we’ve done, has gotten a little boring to write, so I want to split those up with some new types of posts on other things. This first … Continue reading

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PCV compañera kwera

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There are 3 countries in South America for which citizens of the United States need to buy a visa: Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. On this trip we are, unfortunately, bypassing Brazil. The visa is expensive itself (like $150 US) and … Continue reading

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straight-up “mine blowing”!

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Once we finally chose a tour operator from a plethora of options, and gave up on finding Michael, a friend we met in La Paz, we left to tour the southwest region of Bolivia. We spent 3 days trying to … Continue reading

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in[La Paz]ible

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We drove along Lake Titicaca for a few hours, crossed a narrow bit of it on a boat, and then drove east away from it a short ways to get to La Paz, the economic capital of Bolivia and the … Continue reading

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the top of the world

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At Machu Picchu we were at about 9,000 feet in elevation. Back in Cusco we were staying at closer to 11,000 feet. We said goodbye to John, Lisa, and Gilmer, and hung out for a few more days. After that, … Continue reading

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¡Macho Pachow!

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Ah, Machu Picchu- the gem of South America it seems. Maybe one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The most popular way to do it is to backpack in- via the Inca trail or some other trail, and arrive … Continue reading

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gettin’ high on altitude

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­Up until we crossed into Peru, it seemed like the differences in culture from our own (ethnocentric, I know, but it’s for the sake of context) that we had been experiencing in our travels were far from vast. Yes, Uruguay, … Continue reading

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Argentine Andes to the Chilean coast

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Goodbye Kyle Mapp, goodbye Bariloche- you will both be missed. After an overnight bus ride, we woke up in Ciudad de Mendoza, still Argentina. Out of the deep south, out of Patagonia, and straight into the middle of the South … Continue reading

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the deep south, part 3

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Okay, so it was out of Torres del Paine National park, and back in Puerto Natales. There we relaxed, recuperated briefly, ate another delicious breakfast, and bought bus tickets to get back to Argentina. We went straight from Chile’s ‘trekking … Continue reading

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the deep south, part 2

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First, let me apologize- my last blog post was inadequate. I got lazy. I sold you short on my writing and tried to make up for it with pictures. Pictures are nice, I’m sure, but they lack the commentary which … Continue reading

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