Looking to go to South America next.

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -- Miriam Beard

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík October 26th 2013

My flight to Iceland was leaving from DC so I decided to visit my cousin for a few days. She recently bought a house in the District and had a spare bedroom for me to lay my head. I've never been and was pleasantly surprised how much I loved it. Why have I not been before since i love history and it really reminds me of Paris my favorite city. DC was to be my jumping off point since flight was only 5 hours. I arrived very early in the morning and had to wait a few hours for the van to pick me up for the ride to the Blue Lagoon. I exchanged my money and had a cup of coffee and some skyr (yoghurt). I had the Blue Lagoon trip booked before I left ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík October 15th 2013

The idea for a last minute trip to Iceland came about because I saw an amazing deal on Travelzoo with Icelandair to see the Northern Lights. But because the package was for 2 people and I couldn't convince any of my peeps to join (I received many "why do you want to go there"). I decided to go solo and put my own trip together. They don't know what they are missing. I'll be there for 4 nights at the end of October and these are the things I want to do: Go to the Blue Lagoon and get a massage once I land See the Northern Lights Hike on a glacier Snorkel Go caving in a volcano I will be there during the Airwaves festival which is a famous music fest featuring artists from around ... read more

Asia » China January 19th 2013

A little late in writing this blog but I wanted to at least post my pictures. I did the Geckos Adventures Inland China trip for 17 days which they no longer offer anymore. The trip started in Hong Kong on a Sunday but I actually arrived one day early so that I could do a little bit of sightseeing. I ended up booking myself at the Intercontinental on HK Island. Well worth the splurge. I really liked Hong Kong but i really didn't have enough time there since I spent most of the next day looking for a battery for my camera. I ended up having to buy a whole new camera. The tour started at the Salvation Army Hotel on Kowloon, quite a step down from the Intercontinental. The group consisted of about 12 of ... read more
Victoria Peak HK
Hong Kong Harbor

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului October 1st 2011

Oct 1-4 We arrived in Maui pretty early, arount 9:30 am since the flight was only 1/2 hour from Oahu. About a 1/2 drive to get to our hotel in Wailea on the South side of the island. We were staying at the Fairmont at Wailea, a Moroccan looking hotel with an Arabian Nights motif. The rooms were all suites so they were quite spacious. The hotel was awesome and had we not had a ton of activities planned it would have been great to just chill at the pools and beach. But no relaxing here, we needed to be up at 2 am to get up to the top of Haleakala Volcano watch the sunrise a 10,000 feet. Needless to say we did get up at 2am but our van was an hour late picking ... read more
Sunrise on Haleakala
Sunrise on Haleakala
Silversword Plant

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu September 27th 2011

Sept 27 - Oct 1 2011 was the year I was going to go to China but I didn't want to leave Albert out and he really wanted to go to Hawaii. So Hawaii it is. China will have to wait until next year. This would be my second trip to Hawaii since I had gone on a senior trip in high school. A week in Oahu and Maui was really not enough time and I would have enjoyed a full week in Oahu. Oh well, next time. We got there a day early and had to book a room at the Hilton Haiwaiin Village instead of the hotel we originally booked. This is a huge resort with quite a few pools, shops and restaurants right on the beach in a great location. I am more ... read more
Pearl Harbor
USS Bowfin
USS Bowfin Submarine

Africa » Egypt » Sinai May 4th 2010

May 4 We were up early again to catch the hydrofoil to Sharm El Shek which took a little over 3 hours. a little rough going but all good. We then had to drive about 1 1/2 hours to Dahab to have some lunch at this cute place on the beach. Like I said in the last post I wish we would have stayed here, much more relaxed. The restaurant had a buch of kittens that were hiding under the pillows so you had to be careful not to squish them. We now had a 2 hour drive to St. Catherines where we would get a few hours sleep before having to get up at 1:30 am and climb Mt Sinai. May 5 No one came to knock on our door to wake us up, luckly ... read more
Lunch in Dahab
Dahab Kitties
Sunrise on Mt. Sinai

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Hurghada May 1st 2010

May 1 On our way back to Luxor we once again stopped at Edfu for the night. we decided to have a walk down the streets to have a look at daily life there. We collected quite a crowd of kids all saying hello to us as we walked by. We were the pied piper as they all started to follow us. May 2 Back in Luxor again for the day. We had a nice walk around the markets again and then we all found a cafe where we could try smoking a shesha. Judith was so funny, she is a great sport. Later Kathy, Judith and I went to have a drink at the Winter Palace. This was where Agatha Christie stayed when she wrote "Death on the Nile". Our last night on the boat ... read more
Our Boat
Judith Smoking Shesha
Richard Smoking Shesha

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan April 29th 2010

April 29 The next morning we were already in Aswan when we woke up. After breakfast we headed out to go on our camel ride through the dessert and past the monastary of San Simion. A few of our group now have mummy tummy, my bunkmate included, but I feel fine. So far so good. Our next adventure was a walk through the Nubian markets. I ended up buying a scarf and a couple of wooden dolls. This market was nice, a lot less hassle compared to the others. I think we are all now pretty experienced and instead of being annoyed we are treating it as sport. In the early evening we took a boat ride to a Nubian village and visited their school and had tea with a local family. Back in the 60s ... read more
Camel Ride
Me on a Camel
Judith and Her Camel

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Kom Ombo April 28th 2010

April 28th This morning we were up at 6am and off the boat by 7 to go to the Edfu Temple. This is one of the best preserved temples from antiquity and was one of the last temples built in the Ptolemey period. We needed to get back to the boat as we were sailing to the next town where we would dock for the night. On the way cruising down the Nile watching the Nile go by, people doing laundry, cows taking a dip, fishing & kids swimming all the while having a cold Stella beer. We needed to go through the locks and waited for about an hour to go through. Some enterprising men in boats came around to sell us more stuff for the fancy dress party later. In the evening we all ... read more
Nile Salesmen
Sunset on the Nile
Horus & Me

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor April 26th 2010

April 26 Once we arrived in Luxor we were wisked off to Karnak Temple on horsedrawn carriages where we met our guide Mustafa. This temple was used as a place of worship and was built upon by many Kings throughout the beginning of the 19th over 1300 years.The Great Hypostyle Hall with the gigantic columns was built by Seti I & Ramses II. Like many of the sights in Egpyt, they are still excavating today. On the way to Luxor Temple to Karnak Temple you will ride down a long road that used to be lined all the way with ram headed Spinx. After a a couple of hours walking around the Karnak temple it was starting to get really hot so we decided to hit the markets for a cool drink and a little shopping. ... read more
Rams Head
Karnak Column
Hypostyle Hall

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