Before leaving Spain, I’d already had my wallet stolen by a pickpocket. Was traveling to Colombia going to be that much more of a risk than getting on a crowded metro after an FC Barcelona match? Due to a Couchsurfing stay in Bogota, I quickly began to feel at ease in a country with a […]
Visiting Europe on my ’round the world trip, I was trying to catch up with some popular spots I missed my first time around back in 1998. Switzerland was one, and Spain was the other. Barcelona kept me busy with Gaudi’s buildings and Picasso’s art. The beaches were almost empty, however I found plenty of […]
I wasn’t used to the people I meet on the road not liking me.
While I did fly into the Bordeaux airport, and eat a few meals in the city, most of my time was spent farther south in the region around Arcachon Bay. I was staying with Sebastien and Magali, a French couple I met on the way to a small eco-hostel called Bulungula. The moment they suggested […]
My week in Switzerland wasn’t cheap, however I managed to save some money by couchsurfing with a friend in Bern, and another person in Geneva. In Interlaken, I stayed at one of Europe’s most popular hostels, Balmer’s, but with snow on the ground, and a chill in the air, the guests were few and the […]
Laura leads us through the Parisian streets. Grey, dreary, cold and wet. That sums up Paris in the final days of 2008. On the bright side, the city has lots of lights up for the holidays, and it presented the polar opposite experience I’d first had when visiting Paris in the peak of Summer ten […]
This week’s flashback is dedicated to my friend Gela, who I first met in Nepal and then went to visit in Tillburg, Holland. Despite January’s bitter cold, I was thankful she had the time to show me around her home town. Tillburg or Bust
As my second Christmas of the ’round the world trip approached, I made it a point to be out of Egypt, and in a major European city.
Even though I chose to take a barge-like cruise ship up the Nile River, I still had plenty of time to enjoy felucca rides around Aswan. As with everything in Egypt, the cost had to be negotiated, and it’s best to bring your sense of humor. Aswan, the Dams, and the Temple of Isis at […]
Once I arrived in Luxor and joined the organized tour, I was insulated from most of the shenanigans and tourist shams (though one might argue I paid into the biggest of them all — a prepackaged Nile cruise). I ended up having a great time on the cruise. My room was very nice, there was […]