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Namibia – Lost Among the Red Dune Mountains

By On November 23, 2015

We were lost, wandering the desert wilderness for about 45 minutes just north of Tsumeb (soo-meb). Worry was setting in. No map. No food. Only a quarter tank of gas in a… Read More


Vietnam – Down the Rabbit Hole

By On April 15, 2015

Asher and I were crawling 15 feet beneath the hot jungle of Vietnam, still 50 meters from the intersection where we hoped to find steps back to the surface. We had no map, no… Read More


Singapore – Basecamp for Southeast Asia

By On March 25, 2015

Singaporeans are proud of their country and most are very reverential of its founder, Lee Kuan Yew (LKY). Throughout our time there we were reminded of his importance not only to this… Read More


Australia – On the (Left Side of the) Road Again

By On February 19, 2015

It was a long 15-hour flight from San Francisco to Sydney. We were feverishly exhausted, hungry and grumpy when we arrived at the queue for border control and customs. It took an… Read More


Prague – Eternally Beautiful

By On November 1, 2014

They say that Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but we arrived at night so had to wait until morning for proof. Our train from Budapest to… Read More


Budapest – Where Everyone is a Local

By On October 29, 2014

Hungary has been free from the Soviet puppet show for 25 years, but my formative years were in the midst of the Cold War. It was the Eighties with Reagan in office… Read More


Vienna – We See the Fall

By On October 25, 2014

It was late October and we hadn’t yet experienced cool autumn weather. Other than our time in Iceland, most of the weather had been warm or hot. We really wanted sweater weather,… Read More


Croatia – A Leap of Faith

By On October 22, 2014

Leaving the town of Split in broad daylight was a lot easier then entering it in the dark. We decided to skip seeing Diocletian’s Palace as most of the reviews compared its… Read More


Croatia – An Illyrian Garden

By On October 16, 2014

Croatia was a tabula rasa for me. I knew it was part of the former Yugoslavia and that it inhabited a long stretch of beachfront along the Adriatic, which I imagined was… Read More


Venice – The Papal Blessing

By On October 13, 2014

We spent quite a bit of time debating whether to skip Venice in favor of somewhere less touristy. Surprising perhaps given the city’s rich history, sheer beauty and standing in the world of… Read More


Switzerland – Wanderwege und Bahnhöfen

By On October 10, 2014

BRITTANY TO BASEL…BARELY There should be a Nobel Prize offered for travel coordination. After all, the underlying mechanics are complicated – factoring in distances, speed, language proficiency, transfers, pick-ups and drop-offs, petrol… Read More


France – Normandy & Brittany

By On September 28, 2014

ESCAPE FROM PARIS After picking up our rental car at Gare du Nord and navigating a mid-size station wagon out of a compact size parking spot and up an economy size ramp,… Read More


France – Life in Paris

By On September 23, 2014

It’s only two hours and 16 minutes on the high-speed Eurostar train from London’s St. Pancras International to Paris’ Gare du Nord. Although both cities are among the top travel destinations in… Read More


England – London Eye & Mad Eye

By On September 12, 2014

The high-speed train from Edinburgh to London’s Kings Cross station was uneventful and put us at our hotel by late afternoon, which meant we’d begin our city exploration the following day. In the… Read More


Scotland – Nessie, Whisky & Naughty Zoot

By On September 9, 2014

Our journey was from Portree to Inverness, which has about 60,000 residents and is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The route was only about 160 miles but would take… Read More


Scotland – Castles & Lochs

By On September 4, 2014

Our travel day from Reykjavik to Glasgow was spent packing, walking, riding, flying, driving and surviving customs and queues, bad GPS and miscellaneous frustrations. It didn’t help anyone’s mood that we woke so… Read More


Iceland – The Wild Finish

By On August 31, 2014

Technically it was still summer, August 28th, and the sky harbored a bright and shiny sun. But the air smelled like fall. The hosts at the Hildibrand Hotel had set us up with… Read More


Iceland – Flirting with the Arctic Circle

By On August 27, 2014

It was Monday, August 25th, and the weather was blustery and dark with powerful wind gusts that climbed the bluffs and pounded our car. Even the short 50 meter walk to breakfast… Read More


Iceland – The Western Fjords

By On August 24, 2014

The rental car shuttle bus that was supposed to pick me up at 9:00a was a no-show, and I stood outside while Angela and the boys left for, enjoyed and then returned from… Read More


Iceland – Welcome to Reykjavik

By On August 20, 2014

The European leg of our journey started with an early domestic flight from SFO to Minneapolis before grabbing the international red eye into KEF (Reykjavik).  We were impressed with Sun Country Airlines… Read More