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Sangria, Tongues y Testis de Toro

SPAIN | Sunday, 19 Aug 2007 | Views [1088]

Dining in Spain is truly a gastronomic experience, and one of the biggest reasons we love Spain so much. A trip through the local market reveals a spread of meat, so varied... Here they relish all bits of the animal, pictured above here, are ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Realities of High Season Travel in Spain

SPAIN | Saturday, 18 Aug 2007 | Views [2053]

Thousands of tourists from Euro-land and the UK Pound Sterling-land flood the shops and restaurants in Barcelona en masse in August. The US dollar is pitifully weak compared to the very nicely valued Euro and even more lucrative UK Pound Sterling.... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

European Beach Fashion Gone Wrong: Welcome to Barcelona

SPAIN | Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Views [19753]

Barcelona is the popular holiday destination for European shoppers, diners and party goers. I think all the Spanish locals must pack up and leave town, as the thousands of European tourists pack the streets to the brim. It's difficult even to ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

Last Night Out in Cairo

EGYPT | Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | Views [836]

We had a very special last night out in Zamalek, Cairo with my friend Kim, who made the 2.5 hour drive again, from Mansoura just to see us off.  We had the most delicious dinner at a very Egyptian restaurant called Abu el-Sid. Inside, the arched doorways, ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

Baksheesh Bonanza and Touts Galore

EGYPT | Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | Views [1189]

Experiencing Egypt is a very intense experience.  Everywhere we walk the words "Welcome to Egypt, can I have just one minute to ask you a question," ring out at us.  It's not just one or two touts, it's all the time, in your face, especially ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

The Grand Finale: The Great Pyramid

EGYPT | Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | Views [3152]

We'd always dreamed of one day traveling to see the Great Pyramids of Giza, but never thought we'd get the chance.  We actually decided to come to Egypt on an invitation from my friend Kim, when we realized we could add the flight into our One World ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Karnak at Sunrise and The Valley of the Kings

EGYPT | Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | Views [1107]

"Are we at the temple yet?" A common question we seem to ask ourselves during our daily temple finding missions. In Egypt there doesn't seem to be great sign-age for major attractions. We leave our hotel at 6:00 a.m. to catch Karnak ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

The Real Luxor; We're Not in Vegas

EGYPT | Sunday, 12 Aug 2007 | Views [844]

We arrive at 1:30 a.m., south of Cairo, about half way down Egypt's Nile, to the famed city of Luxor.  Exhausted, we check into our budget hotel and crash out, awakening to the beeping of Darrin's watch alarm.  It's 10:00 a.m., just 30 minutes before ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Real Security or Just Optics?

EGYPT | Sunday, 12 Aug 2007 | Views [627]

There's something to be said for feeling safer in countries that have seen their share of security breaches and terrorist attacks.  Looking around the streets of Egypt, in any city, there are regular police, undercover police and tourist police all ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Underwater Wonderland: The Red Sea

EGYPT | Saturday, 11 Aug 2007 | Views [1009]

We have been looking forward to diving the Red Sea for years.  Years ago we learned about how amazing it is here from my friend Teresa, who was on a live-aboard in the Red Sea, and brought back amazing photos of coral and fish.  The water is a gorgeous ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

European Vacation: Sharm el-Sheikh

EGYPT | Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | Views [2493]

We haven't yet had the experience of being at a beach-resort destination during high season, that happens to be a hot spot for European summer vacationers. Summer is the time when it seems the Euro-corporate world shuts down to join their children ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Driving the Sinai Peninsula

EGYPT | Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | Views [1894]

The sun cracked open before us, through the early morning haze and clouds, oozing red-ish orange color across the sky.  It's 5:30 a.m. and the painted sky in front of us through the windshield of the car turned hues of pinks, purples, and reds as ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Learning to Cook Egyptian

EGYPT | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [3937]

One of the local experiences that has been such a treat for us during our travels, is learning to prepare local specialty dishes while visiting with friends.  Today we learned first hand from Raja how to cook Mashi, a local Egyptian dish, similar ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Winding Our Way Through the Backstreets of Mansoura

EGYPT | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [3402]

Exploring the local back streets of Mansoura, Egypt, is a fascinating experience. Our friends Kim and Dennis are living in this northern Nile delta town that is rich with life and culture. This is the first predominately Muslim country we've ... Read more >

Tags: Markets

My Egyptian Doctor Rocks!

EGYPT | Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | Views [933]

After nearly 20 days of stomach illness since eating pork in Hoi An, Vietnam, I finally have a strong referral for a local Egyptian doctor.  One who is trusted and is frequently used by locals and expatriates alike, and a huge bonus, he even speaks ... Read more >

Tags: Doctors, hospitals & health

24 Hour Transit: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

EGYPT | Monday, 6 Aug 2007 | Views [754]

It took all day to get from Helsinki to Cairo, thanks to the inconvenient routing of our One World RTW ticket. We were routed through Barcelona for an 8 hour layover, and the Barcelona airport is not the one I'd pick for a long layover. We tried ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

C'Mon McDonald's Clean Up Your Trash in Helsinki

FINLAND | Sunday, 5 Aug 2007 | Views [942]

It's 4:00 a.m. and we're setting out, backpacks in tow, for the bus station to catch our flight from Helsinki to Cairo, Egypt. As we trek across town, it's not a quiet, sleepy Sunday morning in Helsinki. Rather, there are a ton of party goers scurrying ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Shock: Transitioning Back to the Western World

FINLAND | Saturday, 4 Aug 2007 | Views [949]

Helsinki was not always on our list of dream places to travel in the world.  We chose it because it was Darrin's "suicide pick" several years ago, when I posed the question to him, "Where would you go if you lost your job and got a ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

600 Euros and Another Night of Opulence

THAILAND | Thursday, 2 Aug 2007 | Views [732]

We arrive two hours before our FinnAir flight to check in at the Bangkok Airport and are asked if we wish to put our names on a list to give up our seats - the flight to Helsinki is overbooked and they need volunteers to take the next flight out tomorrow.... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

The 5-Star, 1-Star Difference

THAILAND | Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | Views [1099]

It's August 1st and we've just landed in Bangkok from Hanoi, for a one night transit stop en route to Helsinki, Finland.  We had booked ourselves a low-grade hotel fro the evening, close to the airport.  Upon arrival in Bangkok's new shiny airport, ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Personal Space A Non-Concept in Asia

VIETNAM | Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | Views [13019]

One of the characteristics of America, that we've come to really miss over the past months in Asia, is having our personal space, and others respect the concept of personal space.  People in general here do not share the same priority that we place ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Two Days on a Junk

VIETNAM | Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | Views [1367]

With our time limited to only a week now in Hanoi, we decide to forego the train and biking adventure up to Sapa, that would literally take us more time in travel time than actual adventure biking time.   Instead, we spend a couple of days on the ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Someone Please Silence the Kem Man

VIETNAM | Sunday, 29 Jul 2007 | Views [1048]

Hanoi is full of sounds, the streets are humming at a very early hour of the morning.  Communist propaganda blares from the megaphones strapped atop telephone poles.  It starts with singing and changing at 6:00 a.m.  The megaphone is prominently ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Hanoi: Capital of Copy Cat Scams

VIETNAM | Saturday, 28 Jul 2007 | Views [4376]

Countries in Asia are known for their cheap mass production of fake goods.  We see it all around us:  shops lining the streets and market stalls with copy CD's, DVD's, and latest software prominently displayed.  Western brand name goods, logos purposefully ... Read more >

Tags: Scams & Robberies

Land 'O Beers

VIETNAM | Friday, 27 Jul 2007 | Views [781]

One aspect of Vietnam that was a pleasant surprise (especially for Darrin) is that beer ("bia" in Vietnamese) is plentiful and cheap throughout the country! The bottled varieties (like Saigon) were a decent deal at $0.50 to $0.70 cents ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

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