Curtis and Jen

Curtis and Jen

Curtis and Jen

My name is Curtis Hanson and I'm an application developer/systems administrator for the local school districts. I'm also a C-17 mechanic for the USAF and a clerk at a convenience store. In addition, I'm a student at Oregon Institute of Technology in Portland where I'm completing my degree is CS. I travel as often as I can - provided the mortgage is paid. Have currently been to 29 countries and 32 states; and have lived in the US (currently), South Korea, and Germany.

My name is Jennifer Joe. I was born on a clear Friday morning in San Francisco, California. I left there to move to Oregon when I was 29. Currently, I’m working at the City of Tigard as their Environmental Program Coordinator making sure the drinking water is safe for consumption as well as assisting our residents to conserve as much as they can in this drippy climate of ours.

We are preparing for our trip to Iceland. Curtis has been here before but Jennifer has not. We are both really excited to see the amazing sites Iceland has to offer! “Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Europe » Iceland » East » Egilsstadir October 1st 2015

Sunday, 20 September 2015 Akureyri to Egilsstaðir, Iceland On our way out of Akureyri, the first thing on the agenda was stop by a gas station for a hot dog (and fuel). We got hot-dogs that were topped with french fries, cheese and an amazing sauce! After stuffing our faces, we started heading towards our next destination, Egilsstaðir. Midway, we partially passed through what is known as the Diamond Circle. The Diamond Circle is Iceland's second most popular "circle" tour after the Golden Circle. Many tourists fly in to Akureyri and make the tour from there. The circle partially overlaps the Ring Road and extends north to Húsavík and back down eastward to the Ring Road again. We didn't have time to make it to all the destinations on the circle and missed out on the ... read more
Just us in the car
Curtis at Goðafoss

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes September 20th 2015

Thursday, 17 September 2015 Reykjavik, Iceland We arrived in Reykjavik (Ray-key-a-vik) about 7 a.m. We rented our car from a local company and found ourselves having to call them to find the lot. We walked across the parking lot and down the road in the brisk foggy weather to rent our car. In trying to figure out where the rental place was located, Curtis had problems getting his cell to work, but Jennifer had no troubles at all. The international airport is actually in Keflavik which is located 45 minutes west of the capital city. Curtis drove our rented Kia to the city and hit morning rush-hour as we approached city limits. Usually the first thing we do is find our hotel and drop off our luggage, however, for this trip we tried something new. We ... read more
Waiting for Strokkur Geyser to errupt
Gullfoss Waterfall
Hallgrímskirkja and Leif Erikson

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 23rd 2014

Ubud and Gili Trawangan - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Both Curtis and Jen were done with haggling and deciding on transportation options so we had the hotel arrange it for us. They expertly scheduled our shuttle to the dock and the speedboat to our next destination where we would spend Christmas - the largest of the Gili Islands, Gili Trawangan. The tickets included the return fare from Gili Trawangan and shuttle to Seminyak on Bali and cost 2.4M IDR. The price seems steep at first, but after calculating how much we would pay if we haggled each fare individually, we would probably save about $20 USD. While using the service, it was surprising to see how many other tourists utilized the same option. The Gili Islands are about a two hour speedboat ride north east of ... read more
Like the sign says: Turtle Conservation
Another sea turtle conservation sign

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 22nd 2014

Ubud, Bali - Saturday, 20 December, 2014 After a not so quick ferry ride (we actually got passed by a boat that left after us) we are finally leaving the island of Java and on our way to relaxing Bali. Getting off the ferry we needed to find transportation to get to the other side of the island. After some searching we found the bus station and haggled a price for tickets. Eventually we agreed on 60K IDR each for an air conditioned bus. This seemed a little expensive but we were willing to pay for the added comfort considering the last ride. The trip took approximately five hours. What we have learned about Indonesian pubic buses is that there is one driver and one guy that sells tickets. The ticket dude on this trip was ... read more
Infinity pool at the resort
Dinner in Ubud
Missed it!

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta December 21st 2014

Yogyakarta (Prambanan) - Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 Our second day in Yogyakarta begins our day trips to Java island's most popular natural and archaeological destinations. Prambanan is an ancient Hindu complex of Hindu temples built around 8 - 10 CE (AD) and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We arranged a driver from our hotel for 400,000 IDR for a sunset tour. Park admission was not included and was 225,000 IDR ($20 USD) each person. Every monument in this country seems to be 225,000 IDR for foreigners, which seems a little steep. Our driver picked us up around 3pm at about the hottest part of the day, 95 F. He took us to Candi Sambisari (pronounced sandy sambi-sorry), one of the outer-lying temples, first. It appeared there were no foreign tourists about, only local school children. ... read more
Us at the Sultan's Palace

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta December 15th 2014

Jakarta - Friday, 12 December, 2014 After the long and uneventful flights to the country, we arrived at our hotel, Artotel, just before 2 a.m. The hotel is, as its name implies, arty. Not a single wall (interior nor exterior) was spared decoration. The lobby is decorated with a large purple and silver Christmas tree and the ambient speakers blare modern American-pop versions of holiday favorites. Our room has a large flat-screen TV and cable with all our American channels, all of them. A special reserved channel advertises the Artotel while playing an instrumental version of "On The Bus Mall" by The Decemberists. On another station, the Travel Channel is doing a show on the most haunted places on earth, this time featuring Portland's Shanghai Tunnels. Being so early in the morning, we went to bed. ... read more
Jen at National Monument
Cavalcade of Rickshaws
Jen at Istiqlal Mosque

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Jakarta December 12th 2014

After being dropped off at PDX at a time no one should be awake (thank you so much Jeremy); two layovers in San Francisco and Narita, Japan; five quality airplane meals; one crazy, unmetered taxi ride (we know, that could have been a mistake but it was actually like riding in a race car, and that's never bad) - we have finally made it to our hotel. Today we plan on exploring Jakarta and figuring out what Indonesian food entails. We will be here for the next three days trying to get our eyes used to the sunshine, the time change, and this somewhat refreshing humidity. Since not much has happened, the purpose of this entry to once again acquaint ourselves with how to use this site and to ensure the notifications work. If they don't ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 2nd 2012

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 Machu Picchu, Peru There are a lot of ways to get to Machu Picchu. For the more adventurous and physically apt, there's a 2 or 4 day hike along the historic Inka Trail. And for those pressed for time or just out of shape, there's a train/bus option. Of all the options of getting to Machu Picchu, we chose the old people way (train). Not because we ARE old, but because we didn't have time for the hike. A visit to Machu Picchu in this manner for those starting Cusco is a day long process. Much of the arrangements can be made in the city and even on the internet. But buyer beware! It can be a trying experience. We planned ahead by buying our train tickets and park passes online. PeruRail ... read more
Flower at Machu Picchu
The Sun Temple
Red plants at Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Puno March 31st 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 Our next stop on our trip was Copacobana, a quaint town on the shores of Lago Titicaca. But seeing as how Curtis accidentally miscalculated the length of time required for the trip, we decided after arriving in Copacobana to just push through to Puno in Peru. This is that mildly unentertaining story. How do we describe our uneventful bus ride? So, from Uyuni to La Paz is 12 hours. La Paz to Copacabana is anoth 5 hours. And lastly, Copacabana to Puno is another 6 hours. We spent so much time riding buses that both our ankles and calves swelled into balloons. In addition to our burns from the Salt Flats (don't underestimate the power of the sun at almost 3 miles from the sea). Why doesn't Bolivia nor Peru run trains ... read more
Swollen and sunburned
Ferrying our bus across Lake Titicaca
San Francisco Church in Copacabana

Sunday, March 25th, 2012 La Paz, Bolivia For our last day in La Paz - at least until our return flight - we checked out of our hotel and finished up some last minute sight-seeing before the Salt Flats. We browsed the markets, discovering both the Witch´s Market and Black Market. The Witch´s Market contained your usual ¨run of the mill¨handcrafts found in most other markets, but also had dried llama fetuses (just in case you were looking for some, go here). The Black Market - which pretty much looked like a Home Depot expoded- is the market containing goods smuggled from Chile. While we didn´t see any, our book noted that the occasional Bolivian law enforcement officer could be found shopping here as well. We opted on purchasing some super cheap, kitcsh, sunglasses and baby ... read more
Curtis & Jen in Uyuni

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