Worldwide

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?”…

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*…

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.…

Happy Thanksgiving! One Month At Home

A hangnail was far from the worst injury I could have sustained in Bali

A year ago at this time, we were in north Queensland, Australia, in the Atherton Tablelands, hunting platypus. We actually completely forgot about Thanksgiving until we logged onto Facebook and saw all the posts about it.  But now we’ve been home for one month, and with Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, we reflect on some things we’re truly thankful for: 1. Peanut butter and jelly. It was so hard to find peanut butter on the road, and when we could find it, it was called something strange like ‘American nut butter.’…

104 Beds

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After 13 months on the road, we have slept in 104 beds. Some have been much nicer than others. We’ve had beds that are too soft, too hard, too many covers, not enough covers, too close to bugs, protected from bugs, concave, convex (ok maybe not this, but you get the idea). We’ve also had a few great ones. A brief glimpse below with location and notes.                            Tomorrow night, we’ll be at the airport Hilton in Rome…

Luggage Update: Bag #4

Big Green stands empty and abandoned, while Big Red is full of my stuff and ready to serve.

I have some bad news to share about Big Green, my replacement-for-the-replacement bag that I have been using since we bought it in Vienna two months ago. Big Green is no more.  In just 8 weeks of use, it suffered multiple catastrophic structural failures that rendered it unusable. To wit: – The hard plastic shell that lines the entire suitcase was broken in at least three places. – The top handle had pulled almost completely off. When I needed to lift the bag, I had to lift with both the…