Day 219: Antarctica- At World’s End

A trip to the local K-mart near my in-laws house in Tehachapi planted the seed for the ice kingdom 4 years ago. Walking around the aisles that day long ago, I came across a bargain discount book bin and found a Lonely Planet Antarctica edition for 2 dollars. I laughed out loud at the notion…

Day 203: Beautiful Buenos Aires

A two hour hop to Heathrow from Berlin and another fourteen hour flight heralded that a new leg of world travel was about to begin. South America has always proved elusive. Visiting the americas during summers and Christmas meant catching up with family and friends and not leaving much time to explore our sister continent…

Day 196: A Christmas Present From Berlin

Lisa has always wanted to experience the European Christmas markets for the holidays. So we went to Germany. Despite many cities having legendary Christmas markets such as Vienna and Budapest, (not to mention cities across Italy, France and Spain) we settled on Berlin to greet December the 25th, and meet our friend Lori for a…

Day 185: Jerusalem- The Holy Land

"This is where Jesus Christ was buried and some say resurrected after." I told Ava. "THE Jesus?" She asked. "The one and only. All the churches we've seen in Europe have been a testament to his teachings. The Roman empire installed a governor named Pontius Pilates to enforce their rule and beliefs onto the population,…

Day 181: Jordan- More than Petra

"With all the conflict nearby, Jordan has been a real uniting country for the region." Our friend Vaughn said while driving us to a Wadi for a day hike just outside of Amman. "You have Syria to the north, Iraq to the east, and Saudi Arabia to the south with Israel to the west of…

Day 170: Thanksgiving in Cyprus

Cyprus is the forlorn lovechild between Greece and Turkey. In 1974, Turkey invaded northern Cyprus as a deterrent to a coup supported by the Greeks and the island has since been effectively partitioned off into two separate territories with each country having a claim to the land either north or south of the jagged 'Green…

Day 156: Egypt-Older than Time

I now know the significance of the phrase: "Balls like a Cairo taxi driver." Driving in Cairo is more like living through a scene from 'Mad Max' where everyone is escaping near death on a daily basis in a post apocalyptic dust cloud of dented cars and trash lined roadways. Lanes are completely optional. If…