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Photos: Gondar

ETHIOPIA | Saturday, 9 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Blue Nile Falls

ETHIOPIA | Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | Views [1333]

Hearing the morning prayer call from the local mosque I was up before the crack of dawn, but last night I fell asleep early and stayed mosquito-free (my tent was my mozzie net). The Moon is a perfectly shaped Islamic crescent as the sky was still dark ... Read more >

Photos: Blue Nile Falls

ETHIOPIA | Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Monasteries of Lake Tana

ETHIOPIA | Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | Views [1191]

Many people perceive monasteries to exist in places like Tibet, India, or Bhutan. If you've ever read about Barry the Bravest St. Bernard you may think of the St. Bernard Monastery in Switzerland. However, the islands of Lake Tana have their share of ... Read more >

Photos: Lake Tana

ETHIOPIA | Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

Lake Tana and its monasteries
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Via Ethiopian bus

ETHIOPIA | Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | Views [871]

Ethiopian buses! Required: heaps of patience, a need to deal with crowds and shady characters, a very cooperative bladder, getting up at an unholy hour, and a sense of adventure unmatched by anything you've ever experienced. Awake at 3:40 AM to take ... Read more >

Photos: Bahir Dar

ETHIOPIA | Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Fracas they call Addis

ETHIOPIA | Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | Views [653]

Determined not to be jetlagged and exhausted like yesterday I set out early with the crowds for a coffee. Around the corner from Kume's house is a giant Pepsi logo painted on the side of a building; it seems you can't go anywhere in the world without ... Read more >

Photos: Addis Ababa

ETHIOPIA | Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | Photo Gallery

Ethiopia's capital is a "New Flower" in my travels
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My 5th

ETHIOPIA | Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | Views [847]

Ethiopia at long last!!! A large "Welcome to Ethiopia" sign greeted me as I stepped off the plane. I can't believe I'm finally here! And it's harder to believe I'm finally in Africa. Officially I've been to five continents; just two to go! Addis Ababa ... Read more >

Rocks, canyons, and hot pools

MEXICO | Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 | Views [725]

Greeted by a gorgeous hint of red glistening off the mountains just above the canyon, the sun wasn't even over the hill. Slowly, I watched as the hills changed colour. I had about the worst headache I've ever had, perhaps from a little too much rum last ... Read more >

Photos: Guadelupe Canyon

MEXICO | Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Anything goes...Mexico!

MEXICO | Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | Views [1046]

We all walk over the bridge, crossing the world's busiest border crossing into Mexico. Straight on past the touts and taxi drivers we go, we spot our converted red school bus. Our driver is Nico, an expat from New Hampshire whom I call "half cowboy, ... Read more >

Photos: Tijuana

MEXICO | Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | Photo Gallery

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The Narrows

USA | Sunday, 2 Sep 2012 | Views [1114]

After sleeping like a rock last night, I was up early. Last night I had a little too much wine but I was up for tea and oatmeal this morning. No rain was on the forecast for today so it's "good to go" for the Narrows today. Several of us ... Read more >

Angel's Landing

USA | Saturday, 1 Sep 2012 | Views [1077]

Rising up this morning, I have a majestic view of the Watchman and every other giant stone wall around me! "Speechless" is the word I use to describe Zion National Park! It is beautiful! Even though some idiot had to disturb the peace by honking their ... Read more >

Photos: Zion National Park

USA | Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | Photo Gallery

"Yosemite in colour"
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Reminiscing the D.R.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | Views [650]

A few days ago I returned to "La Capital," facing the crime, cash, grime, and splash that go along with it. As of other day I've hitchhiked a grand total of 25,691 km (15,963 miles) in 13 countries! With the steambath that Santo Domingo is, I won't miss ... Read more >

Photos: Constanza

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

High in the mountains, it's a welcome relief from the sweltering heat of the rest of the DR
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Dominican Highlands

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | Views [1138]

As I began my journey south from Tubagua I have my first hitchhiking experience in the Dominican Republic. First in a car and then in the backs of two utes, all the way to Santiago. Earlier I hoped I'd get a lift from someone heading to Santo Domingo ... Read more >

The Last Day

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | Views [619]

Sadly, it would be our last day on the project. Today was emotional, it really was. And I'm glad I did construction on our last day. It was a day I felt I had to be on my ultimate best, even though I've been so the entire project. Compared to the ... Read more >

Painting with Concrete

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | Views [1275]

Last night I got a good amount of sleep yet I still felt tired. Washing up and then having a cup of coffee always feels good. Brekkie was simple, and it was the usual routine of packing lunch, going to Caraballo, and getting ready. Our half was on ... Read more >


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Sunday, 24 Jun 2012 | Views [628]

Wow! It's been over a week since I've started this incredible project! We've taught these children a lot of things, built a substantial section of the library, and learned a lot ourselves and about ourselves. Earlier today we had a spectacular time, ... Read more >


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Sunday, 24 Jun 2012 | Views [2374]

Happy Sunday! Our free days continue! Yesterday it was the beach yet this morning Tim's son Oliver took us on an excursion to various waterfalls. As we sat at breakfast this morning it was time to say goodbye to Alisa. She flew back to Washington ... Read more >

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Beach Baby, Beach Baby!

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Saturday, 23 Jun 2012 | Views [2692]

Five difficult, grueling, sweat-soaked days of work has passed. It's our time now to get salt-soaked! Last night Courtney and Amy took a tally of who was going to the beach today, and we all raised our hands. They also got in contact with the people ... Read more >

Photos: Puerto Plata

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Saturday, 23 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Sosua

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Saturday, 23 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

beaches and clear water!
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How do I do it?

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | Views [814]

It's Friday! And here I am after another long day at Caraballo. As I lay here in my thatched hut in Tubagua I shall take you away into my mind... Today I shall discuss the most common, and sometimes unnerving question I receive regarding travel. And ... Read more >

Critters of the Tropics

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | Views [2890]

Wherever you go you're going to encounter critters. It may be ants in your kitchen or a fly buzzing around your lounge, or it may even be a bee that lost itself on its way back to the hive. When you visit the tropics, whether it's your first time or ... Read more >

Construction starts!

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | Views [825]

Yesterday we were counselors at the summer camp. Today would be the start of construction for our half of the group. Jace woke me early and we all ate a big hearty breakfast before packing lunches for the day. It's quite a drive from the lodge to the ... Read more >

DREAM summer camp

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | Views [1204]

Here we are! Set to go for Day #1 of work in Caraballo. This morning I was up early; the best part of waking up is Dominican coffee (not Folgers) in your cup. With my coffee I had a delicious breakfast of bacon, braised potatoes, and toast. I keep ... Read more >

The ISV Crew

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | Views [2016]

Melissa . AKA Melly-Moo. She loves the environment. She loves the world. She loves animals! She'll walk up and talk to a cow like Dr. Dolittle. And she most definitely loves her men; like a school girl who cuts out photos of ... Read more >

Photos: Caraballo

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Sunday, 17 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

Children and construction! A life-changing experience!
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Thunder is Loud!

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Saturday, 16 Jun 2012 | Views [1296]

Last night it was so difficult sleeping! Dogs were barking all night. I expected this place to be totally quiet but this morning I was angry at dogs in general! Exhausted I was at 7 AM when I was awoken for breakfast. Even though we weren't working ... Read more >

Photos: Tubagua

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Cooking and Shopping

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | Views [1281]

Mangu was on the menu this morning as I woke up a wee bit early. It was tasty but I must admit it was better at Jorge's house. Monica was out of coffee and there wasn't enough time to prepare some at her sister's house. As I gaze at the houses here ... Read more >

La Cumbre

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 | Views [2833]

Today was our big trip to La Cumbre waterfall! Even though it's not a "class" today it's an ALPI-sponsored activity. After a delicious breakfast, Johnny, Kealan, Torrie, Francesca, and I were packed in the back of the taxi on our way to ... Read more >

Class at ALPI

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Saturday, 9 Jun 2012 | Views [1110]

No alarm clock! This morning I awoke fearing I was late for class but it turned out I awoke just in time. Breakfast was a simple Dominican fare: rice, salami, eggs, and fruit. Easy enough it was to wash down with a cup of coffee before we were set ... Read more >


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | Views [1981]

Santiago de los Caballeros is it's official name but it's often just "Santiago" in the eyes of the locals. This is where I arrived this afternoon. There are airports in Santiago as well as Puerto Plata but it's a rather short bus ride of ... Read more >

Photos: Santiago de los Caballeros

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

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