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Around the world in 388 days and 305 photos

Two years ago today, we left on our great adventure around the world. Before we boarded our flight to Honolulu, I took a picture of Amber in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, standing in front of an ‘Explore Minnesota!’ vending machine.  From that point on, nearly every day, I snapped photos of Amber standing, in roughly the same position, in front of various landmarks and sites that we saw on our travels. We called them our ‘Amber photos,’ as in “Would this be a good place to take an Amber photo?”…

Tips for Your Trip to Italy

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A friend of mine recently emailed and asked for any tips about traveling in Italy.  Here are some of our hard-won pearls of knowledge: Bancomat = ATM machine When ordering things sold by the pound, you will often see prices listed in Euros per L’etto/a.  This means ‘per 100 grams.’ In the shower in your apartment or hotel room, there will probably be a long cord coming out of the wall, attached to something that looks like a light switch.  You may be tempted to pull it, just to see…

Haiku Summaries of 18 Countries

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Since we’ve returned home, we’ve had lots of people ask us our thoughts about various countries we went to.  But, strangely, no one has asked us to summarize our experience somewhere in 17 syllables. Time to change that. HawaiiAmazing beauty.You’ll want to retire here,But learn to surf first. FijiLovely place to dive, Great sights and friendly people.But clean rooms aren’t cheap. AustraliaAwesome animals!Melbourne’s great, so is Sydney.Big land, banana. New ZealandAnimals are few, But lots of sheep and mountains.‘Hobbit’ tie-ins, too. IndonesiaGreat food. “Sir, taxi?”Rice fields and temples galore.But *so*…

10 Colosseum Facts and Tips For Your Visit

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The Colosseum was one of our favorite sites in Rome. Here are 10 fun facts about the ancient world’s largest amphitheater and some tips for your visit.  If you don’t care about fun facts, click here to skip straight to the tips. 1. When it first opened, ancient Romans wouldn’t have called it “the Colosseum.”  It would have been the “Flavian Amphitheater” to them, named after the Emperor who built it in 72 AD. 2. But, they did call it the Colosseum eventually. The Emperor Nero erected a mammoth statue of…

Ban Bat: Bangkok’s Monk Bowl Village

Amorn Kuldinksamphan, a welder in Monk Bowl village

All over Southeast Asia, the morning alms ceremony is a wonderful sight (if you can get up at sunrise). Each morning, Buddhist monks walk around their neighborhoods to receive food offerings from members of the community. The monks carry metal bowls called ‘bat’ to receive their food donations. The bowls, which for centuries were made by hand, are almost all now produced in factories. And many of the communities that used to make these bowls have vanished…except for Bangkok’s Ban Bat, the Monk Bowl Village. Bangkok’s Ban Bat is the…

Completely unique photos of churches

Taman Sari, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I got into a habit when we were walking around Italy, visiting a seemingly endless series of churches. I would take a few pictures and then, looking for some unique and new angle to photograph, I would say to myself, ‘What if I isolated the steeple of the church against the blue background of the sky? I’ll bet that would make a cool and interesting photo.’ I would take the picture and walk away, very satisfied with myself. “What a creative and innovative photographer you are, Jeremy!” I would think.…