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Lovely León

Lovely León

Posted from León, León Department, Nicaragua. After arriving rather late in León after 17 or 18 hours on the road, we were write-offs for the first night. There was some kind of a party going on in the bar at our hostel, but I think I was passed out by 10 p.m. The next day, however, […]

Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey

Posted from Alta Verapaz Department, Guatemala. Getting there I spent most of my birthday in a van. We left Flores for Lanquin, the village near Semuc Chempey, at 8 a.m. The thing we’re learning about driving through Guatemala is it takes nearly forever to go anywhere. Through almost all cities, villages, and bizarre places there […]

Flores – the gateway to Tikal

Flores – the gateway to Tikal

Posted from Tikal, Petén Department, Guatemala. Everyone said Flores was special. The old part of town is an ancient city on an island, in the middle of a lake, just across the border from Belize. If you ever find yourself in Guatemala and happen across Flores, do not miss the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. The […]

Iceland stopover

Iceland stopover

Just south of the Arctic Circle, in the middle of the north Atlantic lays Iceland, an old country filled with vikings, volcanoes, and sheep. This northern land is most recently famous for the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010 that caused air traffic chaos, but it has other claims of fame like singer Björk, and the Blue Lagoon, […]

winter begins in Queenstown

winter begins in Queenstown

Posted from Queenstown Hill, Otago, New Zealand. It took seven years, but here I am, in July, sipping coffee in a (remarkably) quiet coffee shop at the Remarkables Shopping Center in Frankton, New Zealand, looking at a vista of snow-strewn mountains (also called the Remarkables) wondering if I’ll ever be warm again. My flat white […]

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Posted from Milford Sound, Southland, New Zealand. New Zealand never fails to provide when it comes to scenery – and Milford Sound helps this country maintain its title of the most beautiful and special place on earth. Located some 41km northwest of Glenorchy (as the crow flies) – just over the towering Southern Alps, this […]

trails around Wakatipu

trails around Wakatipu

Posted from Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. It’s touted as one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, and if you spend a few hours outside here, it’s easy to see why. Much of the land is unspoiled, untouched by the hand of man, left to its own wild inclinations, free to develop as […]

Sapa – the mountain town

Sapa – the mountain town

Posted from Lao Cai, Vietnam. Rooftops poke through the mist like silhouetted ghosts of a forgotten ski town somewhere in Colorado. There’s wooden detail, like beams and lattice work, verandas with railings I’m having a hard time picturing anyone using. The mist adds more bite to the cool mountain air but the Canadian blood rolling […]

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Vienna

Posted from Address not found. The train ride from Salzburg to Vienna is a short journey. There are a few train stations in Vienna, with trains departing and arriving from different locations. I wasn’t sure where my ticket would leave me, but the transportation system in the city is excellent and very straight forward to […]