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Firecrackers for Alarm Clocks

GUATEMALA | Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | Views [827]

We awake at 4:30 am to the all so familiar wounds of calling roosters, along with the sunlight slipping through the slits in our eyes.  We hear firecrackers ripping in the distance, crackling through the sky.  We're still on Spain time, and our stomachs ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Crossing the Atlantic: Adios Espana, Hola Guatemala!

GUATEMALA | Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | Views [719]

Up early, a last Starbuck's in hand, nearly now a memory from the developed world, and a last minute push to get an untested website up and running.  Despite heroic efforts all night and early morning, as Darrin reluctantly admitted, never launch untested ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Well Wired Transportation

SPAIN | Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | Views [592]

Europe is well established with transportation infrastructure, and there are big lessons to be taken from Europe for the states.  Especially in San Diego, where the train runs north to south, and let's you off at stops with no means of getting to critical ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Dog Bowls For Hats?

SPAIN | Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | Views [624]

We’ve been to Madrid several times over the past years, so our days here we spend wandering the streets, on breaks from our administrative chores that keep us cooped up in our guest house - the Gran Duque. However, on todays exercise break through ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


High Tailing It to Madrid

SPAIN | Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | Views [599]

We have only a couple days left in Europe to finish up our blog, calculate and pay estimated taxes, and wrap up bills and other administrative chores.  The lack of information in Tarifa kept us from getting on timely busses, so we caught a mid day ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


No Wind, Why Not Join the Festiva?

SPAIN | Sunday, 9 Sep 2007 | Views [628]

Ok, we're starting to get concerned that bad conditions of water and weather patterns surround us, like some big negative energy force.  We awake this morning, Darrin considering to take another kite-surfing lesson, only to find the wind completely ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Kite Surfers Mecca

SPAIN | Saturday, 8 Sep 2007 | Views [846]

Tarifa is world renowned for it's wind and prime kite-surfing conditions.  We arrive mid day at the bus stop, and can't find a map our tourist information booth anywhere.  We walk down the main street, and all we see are wall-to-wall kite-surfing ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


From Salema to Sevilla

SPAIN | Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | Views [717]

We take a fine luxury liner bus after dropping off our car in Lagos, direct to Sevilla, Spain.  We've spent time in Sevilla a few years ago, it's a gorgeous little historical town, with parks, museums, placa's and architecture that's full of culture ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Surf and Seafood

PORTUGAL | Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | Views [668]

It's now been nearly 3 more days, and the surf is non-existent.  We stop off at Carrapateira to kick it on the beach and rent a board if the surf comes up.  The only thing up today is the wind, it's blowing fierce, and those guys out in the water ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


The Alentejo Coast

PORTUGAL | Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | Views [886]

Driving up the west coast is easier and quicker than we had originally imagined.  In the Algarve, the roads are well labeled, and very easy to get around.  So we figured today we'd head across the border from the Algarve into the Alentejo, which ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


The Wild Coast of Portugal

PORTUGAL | Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | Views [1692]

As we drive north of Sagres, the coastline of Portugal grows more dramatic.  The furthest southwesterly point on the European continent is Cabo de Sao Vincente, a windswept point, jutting far out into the ocean, equipped with lighthouse and fortaleza ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Darrin and His Opal

PORTUGAL | Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | Views [861]

The surf still has not picked up, aside from one day where it maybe reached 1M, but still wasn't worth paying the exorbitant cost (about $50 US) to rent the equipment to surf the couple hours on a long board and thick neoprene.  So we now hear a ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Portugal and the European Union

PORTUGAL | Sunday, 2 Sep 2007 | Views [682]

It's always interesting talking to EU locals about the impact the EU has had on their own country.  While the Portuguese economy did quite well when it was first integrated into the EU, the 2000's have not been easy years for Portugal.  Locals sing ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Sleepless in Sagres

PORTUGAL | Saturday, 1 Sep 2007 | Views [1070]

The weather here has been unbearably hot the past few days, literally it's about 35 degrees just after sunrise, and by mid-day our skin is cooking and the rubber sealant on our backpack zippers are bubbling and melting. The water is too cold to ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures


Cake Job: Lifeguards in Portugal

PORTUGAL | Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | Views [3932]

I know the job of lifeguarding well, as it paid my way through university. Not all lifeguard jobs are alike. Different skills for different conditions and different degrees of difficulty and physical exertion are required. My admiration goes ... Read more >

Tags: Work


Redemption Dinner: Deep Sea Delights

PORTUGAL | Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | Views [851]

After chatting with our surf shop owner buddy, Celios, we're keen to try a real local Portuguese specialty seafood dish.  The Algarve coast is known for some very specific dishes; arroz con piexe (rice and fish stew), caldeirada (big pot with all types ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Take the Pluge for Long Life

PORTUGAL | Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | Views [909]

We've been told tonight is special, there will be great bonfires and festivities on the beach at midnight here, it's a scene not to miss. Locals have been coming to the beach for years at midnight on August 29th, to dunk their bodies into the freezing ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Treasures From the Sea

PORTUGAL | Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | Views [852]

The Algarve Coast is known for it's freshly prepared seafood. The fisherman are out in force, in boats and clinging to the cliff sides so high above the sea - I'm not sure how they find a reel with fishing line long enough to reach the water line, ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Surf Central - Sagres

PORTUGAL | Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | Views [1162]

After two days of spending our time at a beach with absolutely no waves, not even a ripple on still water... We decide to bus it to a small surf town called Sagres. Sagres is located on the very southwestern tip of Portugal, and for that matter, ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Europe: The Land of Love

SPAIN | Sunday, 26 Aug 2007 | Views [1074]

After traveling for so many months in countries that culturally shun and prohibit public displays of affection, we are conditioned not to hold hands in public, and are accustomed to seeing absolutely no display of affection or emotion between people.... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Lingering in Lagos

PORTUGAL | Saturday, 25 Aug 2007 | Views [1055]

Up early this morning, we decide to train it further along the southwest coast to a beach town called Lagos.  A quaint town, surrounded by river channel and ocean, this is one of the most touristy places on the south coast.  We haven't been able ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


From Barcelona to Madrid to Faro, Portugal

PORTUGAL | Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | Views [2938]

We overnighted last night in Madrid, one of my most favorite cities in Spain, en route to Portugal.  Madrid is one of those magical European cities, for me, that holds a ton of culture, history, and a place where I immediately feel at home.  Gorgeous ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Vacation Versus Living on the Road

SPAIN | Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | Views [1158]

Living on the road is very different from the two to three week holiday that we've been accustomed to taking. We are often asked about what it's like to be on "permanent vacation" for over a year. The question causes us to reflect ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel


Iberia Comes Through

SPAIN | Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | Views [958]

At first we thought the concept of the RTW ticket was fabulous.  To go with One WOrld versus Star Alliance was a no brainer.  One World had the dominance of providers in Sough America, as well as presence everywhere else we wanted to go.  So we booked ... Read more >

Tags: Travel Tips


A Tribute to Girlfriends

SPAIN | Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | Views [1449]

I feel compelled to write a little note on the importance of girlfriends, as a special part of this trip for me has been the chance to reconnect with some of my best friends that live so far away. The most magical part of the deep friendship with ... Read more >

Tags: Friends


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