Laura Polt


Laura Polt

Hometown: Seattle, Washington USA

I finally took that trip around the world that I always wanted to do. The catalyst was my experience with breast cancer in 2005, which taught me that if you really want to do something, don't wait! As soon as I regained my health (and I'm actually more healthy now than I was before diagnosis), I started planning my trip. I traveled solo for a year, and I met amazing people along the way. My itinerary included Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Europe. I also added the USA as part of my trip on the way back home.

"Camino Girl" refers to the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James), a 1200 year-old pilgrimage across Northern Spain that spans 500 miles/800 Km. I decided to begin my adventure by walking the Camino for 35 days. It was definitely the right decision... Check out my Spain entries under TRIPS for the photos (scroll down on right sidebar).

Wishing you many adventures on this beautiful planet we share,

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle September 11th 2009

Seattle I've seen some amazing scenery around the world, but there's nothing like beautiful Home-Sweet-Home. Most of these photos were taken by my friend, Ramon from Barcelona, during his visit to Seattle in September 2009. It was fun to see my city through the eyes of a tourist, and Ramon has a great eye with a camera...... read more
View over Westlake Center
King crab legs
Inside the EMP

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan May 14th 2009

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Carrigaline May 8th 2009

Ireland Because of my hair color, most people assume I'm from Ireland. Obviously, I just had to go there. As far as I know, I don't have any Irish in my heritage, but while I was there, I felt right at home... ... read more
View from the top
The famous Blarney Stone is located on the top floor of the castle
Inside the dungeon at Blarney Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh May 5th 2009

Scotland From England, Whitney and I continued by train to Edinburgh, Scotland. This was Whitney's second visit to Edinburgh, and my first. Very impressive city! And I'm so glad we took a bus tour of the Scottish Highlands. We even got to see the Lochness Monster...... read more
Castle entrance
We rented headsets for the self-guided tour.
View from inside the castle entrance

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Devon » Dartmouth May 2nd 2009

The English Countryside I'm back home in Seattle now, and just now uploading photos from the remainder of my trip! After Austria, Whitney and I flew to England and took a train down to Devon in the south. The countryside there is just how I imagined it... rolling green pastures, quaint stone-built cottages and winding, cobblestone roads. Our first stop was to see Whitney's other grandfather, Frank, who was there visiting from the States with other WWII vets who survived ExerciseTiger on April 28, 1944. This was a top-secret exercise to prepare the servicemen for D-Day. It took place off the shores of Devon County, Engand, and hours after a German E-boat discovered them, almost 1,000 Americans lost their lives. Frank was one of the few lucky ones... injured, but alive. The survivors were told not ... read more
City of Bath, England
Inside the Baths at Bath, England
Bath Abbey

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna April 27th 2009

Finding my roots in Austria My grandfather was born in a small village in Austria, called Gebharts. Back in 1899, when he was just a baby, his family decided to immigrate to the United States to start their new life in Nebraska. Times were tough in Austria back then, and America was the "land of milk and honey." I've always wanted to go to Austria and see the village where Grandpa Polt was born. While visiting my cousin, Whitney, in London a few weeks ago, I found out that she had the same idea! Whitney lives in Baltimore, but she's been studying architecture in London since January, and we decided to meet up in Vienna Austria and search together (Whitney's father and my father are brothers). After arriving in Vienna, we rented a car at the ... read more
Gebharts, Austria - the village where Grandpa Polt was born.
Hilde Polt Roehrbach
The house as it looks today.

Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto April 24th 2009

Porto in the North of Portugal... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona April 7th 2009

Barcelona Now I know why everyone raves about Barcelona... It's clean, fun and has interesting architecture. It's located in Catalonia, next to France on the Mediterranean Sea. The weather was cold, windy and rainy while I was there, but there was so much to look at!... read more
Sagrada Familia, designed by Gaudi
The western facade of Sagrada Familia
View from one of the towers in the Sagrada Familia

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City April 1st 2009

London After three months in SE Asia, I flew from Bangkok to London in 12 hours. New continent, new culture, new weather. Luckily I was carrying a fleece jacket, hat and gloves. As for the rest of my thin Thai clothes... I put them all on in layers. An American redhead walking the streets of London with baggy Thai clothing - interesting combo.... read more
View from inside the London Eye
Big Ben
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

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