Adventures Around the World

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Islands, mountains, dangerous cities, giants and the World Cup

Islands, mountains, dangerous cities, giants and the World Cup

How’s that for a title, eh? We’ll get to those things, but first, some big news – drumroll please! I accepted a job offer in San Diego. Yes, I’m getting a big boy job again, can you believe it? I almost lasted three years. Almost! So what do I do to celebrate? Go for another last minute big trip, of course. And it’s a whopper: the Republic of California, Columbia, Equador and Galapagos, Peru and Machu Picchu, Chile and Easter Island and the World Cup quarterfinal in Rio. All using my stash of frequent flier miles (ok, more like a […]

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Case of the Mondays #39: Crater Lake

Case of the Mondays #39: Crater Lake

Ah, it’s another Monday. The dreaded start of another week. Work has you down? The email inbox has exploded over the weekend? Fret not! Another installment of Case of the Mondays is here to help you deal with it. Or at least distract your mind from all that as you scroll through and enjoy a big panoramic image of an awesome place. Just click on the image below to open up the full version (give it some time to load) and use your arrow keys to move around and see all the details. Then click anywhere or hit Esc to close it. That’s it for […]

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Funny Fridays #8: Yaki Yaki

Funny Fridays #8: Yaki Yaki

It’s Friday. The weekend is here. Your are probably busy trying to score that awesome Black Friday deal, so let’s just have some fun! This restaurant name gave me a chuckle every time I walked past it on the way to my hostel in Rotorua. Not surprisingly, it was never busy from what I could tell. Coincidently, that also describes how the entire town smelled most of the time due to it being in the middle of a very active geothermal zone with mud and sulfur pools, geysers, etc. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Case of the Mondays #38: Copenhagen Roofs

Case of the Mondays #38: Copenhagen Roofs

Ah, it’s another Monday. The dreaded start of another week. Work has you down? The email inbox has exploded over the weekend? Fret not! Another installment of Case of the Mondays is here to help you deal with it. Or at least distract your mind from all that as you scroll through and enjoy a big panoramic image of an awesome place. Just click on the image below to open up the full version (give it some time to load) and use your arrow keys to move around and see all the details. Then click anywhere or hit Esc to close it. That’s it for […]

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Inside My Backpack: Canon SX280 HS Digital Camera

Inside My Backpack: Canon SX280 HS Digital Camera

Not surprisingly, I’ve taken great many pictures as I’ve travelled around the world for the last couple of years. Often people ask me which camera I use, usually expecting me to pull out some fancy DSLR out of my backpack, and then don’t believe me when I tell them it’s just a point-and-shoot. Well, it’s a special point-and-shoot – Canon’s SX2xx family: Canon SX210 IS, SX 260 HS, and SX 280 HS series In 2011, a new breed of cameras hit the market to fill the niche between the cheap point-and-shoots and much more expensive professional DSLR cameras. Canon SX210 […]

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Photo Story #4: The oceans and the Mediterranean

Photo Story #4: The oceans and the Mediterranean

In my Photo Story series, I focus on a particular picture and tell you the story behind it rather than writing about a destination. It has been a hectic day until this point. I woke up early at my hostel in Girona, walked over to the bus station to catch a bus to Empuriabrava. Wondered around if I needed to buy a ticket somewhere since people seemed to be showing something to other bus drivers rather than giving them money – but I didn’t see a ticket office anywhere. Then, a couple hours later, I got off the bus (I could […]

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Case of the Mondays #37: Grand Teton

Case of the Mondays #37: Grand Teton

Ah, it’s another Monday. The dreaded start of another week. Work has you down? The email inbox has exploded over the weekend? Fret not! Another installment of Case of the Mondays is here to help you deal with it. Or at least distract your mind from all that as you scroll through and enjoy a big panoramic image of an awesome place. Just click on the image below to open up the full version (give it some time to load) and use your arrow keys to move around and see all the details. Then click anywhere or hit Esc to close it. That’s it for […]

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Funny Fridays #7: Emergency Exit

Funny Fridays #7: Emergency Exit

It’s Friday. The weekend is here. Nobody wants to read a long blog post today, so let’s just have some fun! Last Friday I put together a list of my favorite airline safety videos. Continuing with that theme, I give you this: A totally [il]logical sequence of emergency exit instructions on a Webjet (Brazilian low-cost airline) flight from Florianopolis to Rio. Because this would be in no way confusing during a high stress situation in a culture where it is customary to read from left to right… Was it really that expensive to get a mirror image sticker to put […]

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Case of the Mondays #36: Rock Creek Valley

Case of the Mondays #36: Rock Creek Valley

Ah, it’s another Monday. The dreaded start of another week. Work has you down? The email inbox has exploded over the weekend? Fret not! Another installment of Case of the Mondays is here to help you deal with it. Or at least distract your mind from all that as you scroll through and enjoy a big panoramic image of an awesome place. Just click on the image below to open up the full version (give it some time to load) and use your arrow keys to move around and see all the details. Then click anywhere or hit Esc to close it. That’s it for […]

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Inside My Backpack: McNett Microfiber Towel

Inside My Backpack: McNett Microfiber Towel

When I was gearing up for my backpacking trip around the world, I knew that I didn’t want to bring a regular towel with me – it was just way too bulky, taking up too much precious space inside my backpack. I realized that getting a microfiber travel towel would be my only choice to keep the bulk down as well as have a towel that dries up fast. I was hesitant at first – I have used the rug-sized microfiber towels before at the gym as well as at a car wash and they felt anything but pleasant. Reading […]

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