Jake and Beth

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Jake and Beth

We are taking a trip this summer to a few of our favorite countries including; Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Honduras, India and New Zealand.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland July 9th 2009

New Zealand Our visit to New Zealand started a bit rough, our flight ways delayed for four hours, and the plane ride was turbulent and very crowded. Which was dissapoining after all the positive things we heard about JetStar Airlines. Once we landed things seemed to be quite a bit better. We were picked up and taken to our hotel, The Crown Plaza Auckland, which was absolutely gorgeous, and left to go see our first stop, Lake Taupo. Arihi, our tour guide led us to a popular fishing spot and let us fish for a while, where Jake caught a trout! We stopped at The Huka Falls, which is the local’s favorite vantage point. And we hiked the Lions Trail, which took about 45 minutes, round trip. After getting back from our tour we stopped ... read more

Honduras We arrived on the early morning of the 14th in Capon, Honduras. We flew on the Aero Honduras Airlines and checked into our hotel, The Hotel Posada Real de Copan and picked up our XTerra we rented from the Airlines car loaning facility. We decided to go to Honduras just for the culture and the people there, and the second we got there we realized we had made a good choice. In Honduras, the people you meet accept you as family immediately and are the most hospitable people that we had met on our trip, always welcoming, and always generous. We even ended up only spending one night in our hotel before checking out because all he locals convinced us to stay at one of their houses so we could really get to understand Honduras ... read more

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » São Paulo June 8th 2009

=Brazil= We finally got to Brazil after a long and bumpy flight on Delta Airlines. We stayed at Sonesta Ibirapuera, which was a small and inexpensive hotel, at $70 a night. Our first stop was to the Pinacotea do Estado art museum, it was designed by Ramos de Azevedo and built between 1897 and 1900. It first opened as a school for the arts, and then in 1911 it opened to the public when it held its first art exhibit. This first art exhibit gave the Pinacoteca do Estado the honor of being the first art museum in São Paulo. The museum was unfilled, which was nice because then we weren’t completely surrounded by people. It was quite large and had a array of different types of artwork. Next we stopped at Jardin's District for some ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Nagpur June 8th 2009

~~India~~ We arrived in Nagpur India in midday, about one. We flew on Kingfisher Airlines, which was a fun flight, with a beautiful view. The first thing we did was go out to lunch to Shamaar's, a mid sized curry filled restaurant. We had traditional curry chicken salad, along with aloo paratha bread and kulfi, a sweet dessert dish. Our second day there we signed up for an India educational course called 'History of India's trouble' They talked about when India was ruled by England in the eighteen hundreds, and their fight to regain freedom. We learned about how peaceful India is, they have never invaded any country in her last 10000 years. One of the most important days for each Indian citizen is 15th August, it was on this date that India was declared ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne June 2nd 2009

Melbourne Australia Our summer expedition started with our trip to Australia. We flew on Brisbane Airlines, and arrived in Melbourne at the Moorabbin airport. We rented a silver MAZDA3 from the Hertz rentals down the block. Our first visit was to the Melbourne Zoo, this is where we realized how much of a tourist trap Australia has become, which is quite sad because the country once known for its gorgeous beaches and amazing wildlife is now filled with souvenir shops. The zoo, even though since tourism has taken over and made our entrance tickets a total of $48, was still quite beautiful. We walked through the butterfly exhibit and saw some of Australia's more native animals such as the kangaroos, platypuses, wombats and koalas. A baby kangaroo A koala and our tour guide, Alisha img=http://cache ... read more

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