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Running of the Donkeys?? Why yes, indeed.

After going to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, I thought my close encounters with animal races were over, but no. The Running of the Donkeys happens at the end of a lovely three day festival in the small down of Sali on an island off the Croatian Coast. As you can tell from the pictures, it is a blast.

You Know What’s Scary? Exhaustion

I just heard on the radio that being exhausted is as dangerous as being drunk. After our “mindful milage run,” I believe it.

When We Fall, We Fall Hard

We’ve temporarily fallen off of the vegetarian wagon. And, when we fall, we like to fall hard.  We’ll give you the details of that top-notch monster of a reuben. Because we’ve had a couple margaritas, we’re also going to spill the beans on our other favorite, over-the-top sandwiches. Reserved, of course, for when we fall… hard.

The Truth About Occupy Wall Street (in Seattle)

“I have mixed feelings about it. I mean, wouldn’t their time be better spent looking for jobs?”

That’s what a friend said the other day when we told him that we were going to check out what was going on with Seattle’s version of Occupy Wall Street. In touching base with other family members and friends, we were shocked to learn that many people think the movement is comprised of mostly homeless and jobless people.

On Couplehood, Travel and Transition

Confession. We had about the biggest argument in the history of our relationship on the day that can be best defined as our “breaking free” moment. Tragic, I know.

Table For 9 Billion Please

We love food. Let’s get that out of the way right up front.

We enjoy going out for a killer meal, cooking up a Thai feast at home and diving into an over-the-top dessert. But there’s a shadow side to our ability to indulge.

So, You’ve Returned Home After Traveling The World, Now What?

Deciding to quit your job, pack your bags and say goodbye to a world that is so familiar may seem like the hard part about traveling.  At least, that’s what I thought.  Little did I know, returning home would be one of the most difficult experiences of my life.

Jump Off That Bandwagon And Explore A Place By Foot

One of my favourite things to do when I first arrive in a new place, is drop my bags somewhere safe and go on a no time restraint, no specific direction, no plans, kind of walk.  I let my senses guide me in the direction of excitement and adventure.  I stop and chat to people I meet along the way, take in my surroundings, and test my willingness to try new things.

WIN A Pair Of Travel Jeans By Helping Street Children In India

Who wants to WIN a pair of awesome ‘travel jeans’ by helping street children in Delhi, India? It doesn’t really get better than that!

Back To The Beginning Of My Travel Addiction – My Paraguay Experience

I want to travel back in time to the experience that gave birth to my travel bug.  It all happened during the year of 2005.   It was my last semester of high school, and spending four months in Paraguay, South America was an opportunity offered by my school as an co-op program in exchange for six credits.  I was 17 years old, and boarding my first plane without my parents to a foreign land called Paraguay.

The Value of Reliability (Expedia and Enterprise, We’re Talking To You)

We Hate Expedia and Enterprise right now.

Even so, the working title of this post – Expedia and Enterprise Are Dead To Us – just didn’t feel right.  It’s true, in this moment, but harsh nonetheless.

Those Summer Days

2011 will go down in the books as housing the summer of camping and hiking madness. In honor of that, we want to take a walk down memory lane – and we’re dragging you with us.

Innsbruck Impressions

I recently attended a travel blogger conference in Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps. A full and interesting program, lots of inspiration and great fun to meet up with fellow bloggers and writers. Hats off to Oliver and Travel Bloggers Unite (TBU) for a well-organised event.

Qala’at al-Bahrain

It’s early evening in the village surrounding Qala’at al-Bahrain. The creatively decorated houses remind me of pictures in fairy-tales, especially through the filter of the setting sun. Five horsemen appear out of the dusk in front of the silhouette of a large 16th century Portuguese fort. This is home to Iranians, says Aziz, my guide for the evening. This is a shia village.

St Moritz Autumn

Good things to do in St Moritz in autumn:
1) Stroll around gorgeous St Moritz Lake.
2) At Hotel Waldhaus am See, imagine people having a picnic by the lake, chatting, resting, bathing – 100 years ago.
3) Try the yummy local nut cake, Nusstorte.
4) Take the cable car to Corviglia and on to Piz Nair. Walk back down and look out for cute marmots along the mountainside.

Deciphering hieroglyphs with the Rosetta Stone

The British Museum is one of my faves. The question remains, though – should many of its artefacts be returned to its country of origin? The magnificent Rosetta Stone probably belongs, if not in Rosetta, at least in Egypt. I think it would be fantastic in the new library in Alexandria.

Discovered 212 years ago in the present-day town of el-Rashid (near Alexandria) by Napoleon’s soldiers, the black granite stone was surrendered to Britain after his defeat. When French scholar Jean-Francois Champollion translated the text, he solved one of the world’s great mysteries: how to read the hieroglyphs of the ancient Egyptians.

Overcome Your Fear of Cruising

Let me break it down for you. We shouldn’t like cruise ships. At all.

In addition to the fact that we don’t fit the mold, we’ve been on a ship that was in a major accident (it hit a barge) and on another that refused medical attention when one of us got seriously ill. It’s as though cruises are actively working against us – encouraging us to hate them.

Flinging Photos: Paraty, Brazil

A photo post from my 2008 trip to Paraty, Brazil. Paraty is a small colonial town located in the southern region of the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. I’m no photographer but I am proud of some of these shots and hope you like them too.

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

A bike ride gone awry as 50 miles turn into 70+ with two dog chase scenes and friendly stranger who gave me a ride home.

The Adventurists Ice Run: Now We’re Talking!

I always wanted to do one of the Adventurists crazy expeditions. The idea of driving across Europe to Mongolia or driving across India in a rickshaw just sounds like a big ball of fun. We did something similar in India in 2011 by rail, and being a part of a big rally like that is my sort of travel. But now they’ve turned it up a notch… check it out.

Books and Ghosts in Norway’s Fjordland

On the Fjærland Fjord, Mundal Hotel is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. This family-owned hotel has creaking stairs, a great turret bed room, a library, a billiards room, a music room, deep leather chairs by the fireplace – and books; not just in the library but everywhere. Wherever you go in Fjærland, you’ll find books; indoors and outdoors, along the streets, in barns and in boat sheds. Four kilometres of second-hand and antiquarian books are for sale, mostly on a trust system: take the book you fancy and put money in the tin.

Pyramiden – an Arctic ghost town

I’m in Pyramiden, once a showcase of the Soviet Union, a perfect mining community, set between mountains, glaciers and fjords in the Svalbard archipelago. Today, it’s an Arctic ghost town! The decision to abandon the settlement was sudden, its implementation even more so. The inhabitants were given just hours to pack their bags and leave. Remnants of that hasty departure are visible everywhere.

Pizza night in the Italian countryside

Every Thursday, Ashley and Jason Bartner organizes pizza night at their agriturismo. And it doesn’t hurt to have a chef in charge, a chef with years of experience working at top notch restaurants in New York and San Francisco.

Jason believes in the slow food movement, in cooking with the seasons and keeping it simple. You won’t find pizzas with everything here. Instead, each pizza has just a few ingredients, all fresh from the local meat and cheese market and from the garden.

The world’s largest ancient religious site

Situated right outside Luxor, Karnak Temple is the largest ancient religious site in the world. An impressive avenue of ram-headed sphinxes connects it with Luxor Temple. Karnak is a place of records: everything here seems to be the biggest and tallest. Its scale defies description. The first pylon (gate) alone is 42 metres high (like a 14-storey building) and 118 metres wide. Ancient Egypt must have been in awe of its builders.

Highlights of Arctic Barentsburg

Barentsburg, you say? Where on earth… ? The Svalbard archipelago has four settlements of significant size, one of them is Russian. Norway has sovereignty over the archipelago, but the Treaty of Svalbard ensures all parties equal access to scientific and economic activities in the islands. Barentsburg is Russia’s last remaining settlement in the Arctic.

Alaska – Glacier Palooza

We’re not too demanding. Before heading to state #49, we wanted Alaska to deliver in only three key areas: incredible camping, beautiful hiking and glaciers galore.

Did we ever get it.

Mount McKinley, Denali National Park

Before getting all fancy schmancy on a cruise ship, we had one more camping adventure in Alaska – in Denali National Park.

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