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Mountains again!!

USA | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [318]

   Weighed my pack in at 35 lbs, not too bad.  I think I could easily get a couple pounds less than that for a short trip like this, but not sure how to go below 30.  After some packing issues, Dad and I stuck our bags in the back of his truck, wrapped ... Read more >

goin home

USA | Saturday, 16 May 2009 | Views [202]

  My backpack is horrifically squeaky, especially when it invades the silence of 1:30 in the morning.  It troubles that instinctual need to be quiet and unobserved, which I probably would have worried about if not for the happy drunk undergrads wandering ... Read more >

new apartment!

USA | Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | Views [288]

I found a place to move into next August!  Way in advance, I know.  But I'm excited, primarily because I'll have my own private roof-made-into-a-deck to go out on.  And the windows are facing south and west, which might mean my plants will survive!  ... Read more >

Gallery: Madison etc

USA | Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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it's snowing again

USA | Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | Views [495]

Well, I’m a horrible updater.  Sorry.  Man, and there’s so much I should’ve written about being in Turkey, too.  Perhaps I’ll insert little stories about that time in here when I’m procrastinating.  I will probably be doing a lot of procrastinating.... Read more >

Gallery: Turkey

TURKEY | Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

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and camp's begun

TURKEY | Monday, 21 Jul 2008 | Views [505] | Comments [1]

Crawled out of bed late and hungry, or dropped awkwardly off the top bunk in my hostel dorm, rather, and climbed the narrow spiraling stairs to the roof for breakfast.  The terrace of Istanbul Hostel is almost absurdly luxurious.  You can see the Sea ... Read more >

tourists in Istanbul

TURKEY | Saturday, 19 Jul 2008 | Views [463]

Hey y’all, long time of being lazy and distracted, but I’ll try to catch up over the next couple of days.   Took the 10 hour overnight bus back into Istanbul, and while on the tram ran into a disoriented kid from Egypt who was trying to get to the same ... Read more >

I am so happy

BULGARIA | Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | Views [587] | Comments [5]

Returned the keys to the rental agency without even having to sign anything, and took the bus to Sofia.  While we were waiting after boarding, a woman across the aisle said, “I see you read English.  You like ice cream?  I bought ice cream a few minutes ... Read more >

Old rural Bulgaria

BULGARIA | Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | Views [633] | Comments [1]

I am being sneaky because this is the same trip as the last entry, but I figured you’d get bored and give up reading without a break. Continuing south through the Devil’s Gorge, which is spectacularly sheer in some places, so much so that you can feel ... Read more >


BULGARIA | Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | Views [449] | Comments [1]

Hahaha. Ok, so, renting a car when you don’t know the language of the rental agent is really difficult. But we did it after like half an hour of gesturing and writing down times and giggling. Drove about 2.5 hours almost straight south, ending up ... Read more >

Rockses everywhere

BULGARIA | Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | Views [388] | Comments [2]

Had breakfast of bizarrely good cheese and pear jam, heard two kids from Seattle were taking a bus to a monastery, and joined up with them for most of the day. We went to Bashkovo (it might not actually be that…it remember it sounding like that) Monastery, ... Read more >

Plovdiv's Old Town

BULGARIA | Sunday, 13 Jul 2008 | Views [447] | Comments [2]

I had that “ohhhh yeah I don’t like cities” feeling while taking the bus through Plovdiv, but the old town section of the city is great. The Hiker’s Hostel is tiny and amidst historic, renovated houses that all have names, along really rough cobblestone ... Read more >

Istanbul to Plovdiv

BULGARIA | Sunday, 13 Jul 2008 | Views [1874] | Comments [7]

Yo! Took the un-airconditioned bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv, which consisted of driving through at least a hundred kilometers of dry rolling hills with fields of straw and east facing sunflowers. Reminded me a bit of eastern Washington, except ... Read more >

Istanbul- here and free!

TURKEY | Saturday, 12 Jul 2008 | Views [734] | Comments [3]

From the wonderfully easy Istanbul airport, I took a bus to Aksaray, hopped off and looked lost enough to be directed to a tram station connecting me to this hostel in Cemberlitas. There are little accents under the c and s. Checked into a seven bed ... Read more >


USA | Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | Views [309] | Comments [3]

Well, been spending the past few days getting ready to leave and hanging out with my fam. Court's been showing me her acting skills, which are pretty good.  Was kind of nervous yesterday, but today I have just enough adrenaline to make me alert and ... Read more >

last backpack for a while

USA | Sunday, 6 Jul 2008 | Views [547] | Comments [1]

Leaving the truck in a grass lot among power station consultants’ cars, my dad and I backpacked up the Mattabesett trail from the Connecticut River. The first mile was probably the twistiest, criss-crossiest stretch of trail I’ve ever been on. ... Read more >

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I had a horrible jungle book reference

USA | Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | Views [399]

Waking up uncomfortably early, we were able to watch the mists coming out of the valleys maybe an hour after sunrise. One region sent up a tower of mist as the sunlight hit it. I like mist a lot, and the hills had that layered, mysterious look ... Read more >

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AT in Kittatinny Mountains

USA | Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | Views [359]

So, John and I dropped off his car at the Delaware Water Gap and headed north along the AT for his first backpacking trip.  Hi John. The woods seemed all spring green, but that was because of the many tender ferns and blueberry bushes, and mostly ... Read more >

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I have finally seen NYC

USA | Sunday, 22 Jun 2008 | Views [267]

I bused down to New York from RI, which involved taking a tour past Yankee Stadium, Central Park, Harlem, some bus that said United States of America Ground Force One, ritzy car dealerships in Manhattan, and the distressing congestion leading into ... Read more >

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