We’ve been traveling through Slovenia and Croatia on our way to Turkey. We’ll be stopping in Montenegro and Macedonia as well. We’re learning a lot about the history of the former Yugoslavia. It is rare for us to visit a place with significant history which is also recent enough to have taken place within our lifetimes. I can’t help but wonder how people my own age and...
Fodo in Lisboa, Portugal
First I’d like to apologize for publishing the worst travel blog of all time. Lauren doesn’t think it’s the worst blog ever. But it’s not the best. We are in Lisbon, Portugal after a couple of days on the beaches of Lagos. We over heard, and felt apathetic for, many travelers who let their entire trip slip by there. We can understand why. It was hot but not humid, not too...
Budapest was a very fun city. There were some great cafes, bars and clubs. I was staying at a very social and small hostel where I got to meet a tone of people. This was actually the first place I met a tone of Canadians and a lot of them were from the GTA so it was nice to chat about home and use “Canadian Slang” without people laughing saying I was so Canadian. In Budapest, there...
Solo Adventure- Part 1
I (Lauren) have been a horrible blogger. I am sorry. There is so much to report that I am going to work backwards. I just arrived in rainy but beautiful Dresden, Germany. So far I haven’t seen much but I am going out to dinner with a few friends I met on my Central America trip who are going to show me the town. I am really excited to be shown around by locals. I find it is a very...
It has been too long since I last posted. I’m in Terra Alta, Spain. I met my uncle, who has returned to Toronto, here a few days ago. I arrived here from Turin, Italy where I stayed two nights after Rome. Rome was fun and full of sights but felt, to me, like a glossy finished product. I failed to see the depth or any culture that wasn’t thousands of years old. I can’t picture...
Going Our Separate Ways
We are currently in Sophia, Bulgaria. We arrived here after an overnight bus ride from Istanbul. Later today I will be flying to Rome as I am heading to Spain to meet with my Uncle Ira. Lauren will be on another bus heading into Romania and making her way to Germany where she will meet up with her family. We felt a lot closer to home when we landed in Istanbul. Paved roads, sidewalks, traffic...
Leaving India Journal Entries
Late tonight Lauren and I will be getting into our last Indian taxi and making our way to Delhi International Airport. These last two months have been absolutely amazing and inspiring. The following are some journal entries I made along the way. March 3, Munnar I’m not ‘finding myself’, I just have a lot of free time to reflect on myself and the world. India is an amazing and...
A New Country, A New Adventure
Finally in Nepal and there is more to do then we can manage with the limited time we have. We arrived in Nepal on Feb. 10th and have stopped for a second. Nepal is a beautiful green playground with so many places to explore and things to do we feel we need more time to really explore all it has to offer. I am sure I will be returning at some point, so if anyone wants to go trekking, say the...
Eric and I would first like to apologize for not posting since we were in Kerela, India. We have been running around like crazy since then and have lots to share. After our fun adventures in Kerela where we were going on lovely boat rides through canals in the jungle, went to an ashram to see what they were all about and ate some very fresh fish straight out of the ocean we hoped on a plan and...
Mumbai and Goa
We are currently in Anguna, Goa where the Arabian Sea beaches are very popular and we have been taking a much needed rest from the hussel and bussel of India. This town is known for its hippy scene and is very popular for the trance music parties but we have arrived during an election so it is very calm and quiet compared to what it is normally. There are police men partrolling the beach and the...
There are so few foreign tourists here, however, there is so much of what we are looking for in exploring a new city. There are beautiful temples all over town, some along the river and near the ghat where people bathe or stroll around or lay flowers into the water. There are several long bazaars that stretch through side streets and along the river selling everything from fruits and vegetables...
We are now in Nasik. Nearby are some of India’s wineries. Tomorrow we will be visiting them. We got here after many many hours on two buses from Mt Abu. Mt Abu was not the rugged hiking terrain we are looking for but was a nice town filled with domestic tourists. The night we left was the first night of a royal wedding being held there. One of the best things in Mt Abu was the Masala Corn:...
First I would like to apologize for not posting more. We were having some techical difficulties and have also been very busy seeing so much of Rajasthan. We are currently in Udaipur, a hilly town by a lovely (yet very polluted) lake. We are taking a bit of a break as we both have a bit of a cold from taking another silly overnight bus which is not the best way to travel. The trains here book up...
A lot has happened. We are in Jaisalmer after a long cold over night bus ride. We arrived in the early morning before the sun rose to more cold and barking dogs. Chai from a street side stand helped. We caught a bus to Khuri where we stayed in a clay hut one night and camped in the desert the next. We rode camels over sand dunes and slept under a clear sky. We got on the roof of a crowded bus to...
We stayed in Jaipur for two nights and saw an old, amazing observatory with massive sundials. It was in the North side of a huge walled market that sold everything from spices to sewing machines and shawls to crazy pointed shoes. Now we are in Pushkar, where some of Ghandi’s ashes were spread. Like all of Rajasthan the power here is off two times per day. It’s a bit of a hippy town...
We added the neighborhood of our first hostel to the map (tab at top of page). It’s a busy, congested, noisy market with an intense array or aromas, some good; some not so good. As for our hostel, lets just say you get what you pay for, especially when you pay six dollars. The last two days have mostly been spent adjusting to time change and planning our future moves. We did spend some...
The adventure begins in one week. We want to use this space to keep everyone who is interested up to date on our trip. Stay tuned for pics, vids, stories, and more!