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North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 27th 2008

The debauchery begins tomorrow. We all fly to Amsterdam tomorrow for the weekend. Then it's a flight to Warsaw to pick up the car and start driving around the northern countries...Lithuania, Latvia, possibly Estonia... There won't be much blogging on this trip, but I will try to post pictures of Matty trying to dance with local girls, Mazzola's arrests, Plosky's frustration and all the churches and stuff Billy and I build! ;-) Wish us luck! ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Colón » Santiago December 27th 2007

…and then we woke up and there was this huge double rainbow in the sky. We followed it to where it ended on an island where there were no clouds, no rain, and the sun was shining bright. We hiked up the pristine mountain and along the way discovered an indigenous tribe that had never come into contact with the modern world. They served us the most amazing Christmas dinner (even though they, of course, didn’t know it was Christmas). Then they led us down to the beach where there just happened to be scuba gear waiting for us. We geared up and dropped down into the crystal clear turquoise waters. We saw giant rays, purple octopus, and then a Whale Shark! We followed the Whale Shark to a Mermaid village where the Mermaids welcomed us ... read more
Bocas (Matty & New Friend)
Road Sign
Lost Kevin

Quick disclaimer on this blog: I wrote this blog about 6 hours ago. Since then Matty and I have kicked each others ass in Palace, we've drank a 12 pack of local brew, had the best meal of our trip, met one of the coolest British expats, been to a local bar with the ugliest foreigners that exist, been clubbin', and ate some good ass meat-on-a-stick off a street vendor. Now I’m chillin’ on a deck over the Caribbean, watching the storm move through, sippin’ a Balboa, smokin’ a light and enjoying life. Things are definitely looking up!...that being said, here's what I wrote 5 hours ago.... I feel I came across much more negative than I actually felt in my last blog, and as much as I hope that doesn’t happen here, I am afraid ... read more
Sloth (EL Valle)
Canopy (El Valle)
Canopy (El Valle) Kevin & Matty

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama City December 19th 2007

Panama City. I have been here for 3 days and 3 nights, and depending on the hour you ask me I will go from telling you I love it to I hate it. Yes, within this short period of time I have developed a love-hate relationship with this place. And to be honest I am really in no mood to be writing right now…that’s one of the reasons I hate it. It does not inspire me to write about my experiences. That being said, I am in limbo right now waiting for Matty to get here, so I’ll do my best to sum up my experience. I apologize ahead of time if this is the most mundane blog I’ve ever written. In reality I shouldn’t even be here. I should be at home right now watching ... read more
Panama City from Casco Viejo
Panama City from Casco Viejo (Me)
Plaza in Casco Viejo

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Yungas Road September 5th 2007

"This is not a video game, this is real life, and real life hurts" We are sitting on our bikes at 16,000ft., being briefed on how to survive our 12,000ft. descent into Coroico on the "World's Most Dangerous Road". "For the next 4-5 hours we will be riding 40 miles down a road that we will share with other bikers, cars, buses, trucks, dogs, and people. We will be riding on the cliff side, because the motor vehicles drive on the inside as to avoid causing avalanches. Play with your breaks, learn to break slowly. Do not break hard with the front break, or you will go over your handlebars and over the cliff and drop 2,000 ft....this won't hurt, you will not survive. Don't break too hard with your rear will skid out and ... read more
Death Road
Death Road
The Group

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana September 3rd 2007

A few days before we left, Sarena asked what we were going to do in Bolivia and my answer was ‘freeze our asses off and get altitude sickness’. I was being sarcastic, but I really didn’t have an answer to that question. I had no clue what we were going to do, or even why we were going to Bolivia. Some people, like Jeff, had said amazing things, but he lived there for 6 months; we only had 10 days. Others had only negativity for us. What were we going to do in Bolivia? The fact is, we did a lot in Bolivia, and it ended up being one of the best short trips of my life. I am actually amazed at how great of a time we had. It’s funny, but we met at least ... read more
Lake Titicaca
Convento de Santa Teresa
Convento de Santa Teresa

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni August 31st 2007

I don’t have anything clever to say, or any worldviews to relate at this time. I am way too tired to act intelligent. So I’m just going to put the last few days into words the best I can. Our second day in La Paz was spent getting acclimated, booking our trip to the South, and site seeing. It was a good chill-out day, the last we’d have for a while. That night we went to dinner at El Arriero, an excellent Argentinean steakhouse. For around $30 US we both had pan-fried provolone, beef neck, bread with this amazing vinegar bean spread, huge filets, a couple beers, and after dinner drinks. Incredible food. We got back to the room at around 8:00 and debated going out. The altitude was making us lazy. Finally we decided that ... read more
Leaving Uyuni for the Wastelands
Wild Fox Pup

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz August 26th 2007

It’s been 24 hours since Billy picked me up at my place in San Francisco. Woke up in California, had breakfast in Texas, lunch in Florida, then dinner and drinks in Bolivia. Amazing how travel works in the modern world. Sitting in the international terminal in Miami listening to Billy talk about Supertramp, Kid ‘N Play, what food he would eat if he could only eat one thing (beets), and something about wanting a puppy, I notice that there are 9 other people within view that are going to be on our flight to La Paz. There are the 5 Canadian mountain climbers (the one that won’t stop eating burritos is never going to make it), the newlywed French couple, the single guy trying to find himself, and a girl we just can’t peg (she’s either ... read more
La Paz (from hotel balcony)
Llama Tenderloin
Llama fetus at Witches Market

North America » United States » California » San Francisco August 21st 2007

It's time again to escape the day-to-day and throw myself into the unknown. This time it's to South America; Bolivia to be exact. And this time I am not solo. My friend Bill Kornele has been brave enough to join me on the latest adventure. We fly out of SFO on Friday night for 10 days in the poorest nation in South America, whose capitol sits at over 13,000ft. No itinerary...just going to see where the days take us. Wish us luck! Kevin ... read more

I picked up this book called “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova in the Cancun airport without knowing what it was about. It ended up being this amazing book (so far) that is along the lines of “Da Vinci Code”. Instead of following the bloodline of Jesus through Western Europe, this book follows the history of Vlad the Impaler (the real-life Count that was the basis of Bram Stoker’s Dracula character) through Eastern Europe. About 100 pages into the book I came across this quote that pretty much sums up why I always have to go somewhere new every time I travel. “…I have often known that peculiar legacy time brings to a traveler: the longing to seek out a place for a second time, to find deliberately what we stumbled on once before, to recapture the ... read more
Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye

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