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Alex

Country Bumpkin

Posted by Alex on Thursday, December 23, 2010
photo album Country Bumpkin: 55 new photos
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Metro Europe

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
photo album Metro Europe: 92 new photos
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The Med: South and North

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, November 16, 2010
photo album The Med: South and North: 78 new photos
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Egypt: Ancient and Mystical

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, November 16, 2010
photo album Egypt: Ancient and Mystical: 87 new photos
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Loungin' and Diving: The Red Sea

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, November 16, 2010
photo album Loungin' and Diving: The Red Sea: 89 new photos
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Canyon of the Crescent Moon

Posted by Alex on Friday, October 8, 2010
photo album Canyon of the Crescent Moon: 43 new photos
Tags: Petra
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How To Enjoy The Burning Man Experience From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

Posted by Alex on Thursday, October 7, 2010 Hide
Reprinted from http://www.burningmanseattle.com/stories-about-burning-man... It could be a copyright violation in the real world, in theory, but there are no such legalities in the world of Burning Man! Besides, it's absolutely hilarious... and strangely true!# Tear down your house. Put it in a truc... Read More
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The Holy Land

Posted by Alex on Friday, September 24, 2010
photo album The Holy Land: 124 new photos
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School Bus Retirement... continued!

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Hide
Previously, we learned just what happens to that dear 'ol school bus, which used to take you to school in the morning, after its job is given to a newer, younger, hipper version. The workaholics continue to ply their trade in South and Central America (sometimes dying there); others are committed to... Read More
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Did I Say Done?

Posted by Alex on Sunday, September 19, 2010 Hide
Well, actually there was just one more last stop - after Burning Man, I chose not to return straight to Seattle, instead I headed to San Francisco for a couple of days of recuperationLooking happy, but exhausted, dusty... mind blown; want sleep, need showerNow, San Francisco is beautiful, it's excit... Read More
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The Art of Black Rock City

Posted by Alex on Saturday, September 11, 2010
photo album The Art of Black Rock City: 78 new photos
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Burning Man '10

Posted by Alex on Saturday, September 11, 2010
photo album Burning Man '10: 106 new photos
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Going out in a blaze of Burning Glory ... Man

Posted by Alex on Friday, September 10, 2010 Hide
Burning Man defies explanation - I feel words will absolutely, utterly fail to do it justice. Trying to get a grasp on it, without having gone, pictures will only mislead and confuse - the place is simply too enormous, too vast, too diverse to capture in any photograph. But, it is absolutely amazing... Read More
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Seattle, WA, USA

Day 134: 9 Sep, 2010, 01:20 GMT
not looking forward to unpacking my grimy, dusty backpack! My very own bed will feel nice though...
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Oakland, CA, USA

Day 133: 8 Sep, 2010, 19:40 GMT
time to go back home, except that I got to the airport about 20 mins before flight departure - still made it! luggage?
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San Francisco, CA, USA

Day 131: 6 Sep, 2010, 17:18 GMT
It's weird being back in the real world! Also, I need a nap... and a shower!
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Sacramento, CA, USA

Day 131: 6 Sep, 2010, 14:37 GMT
took some 8 hours just to reach Sacramento (overnight), leaving trash here and on to San Francisco!
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Reno, Nevada, USA

Day 131: 6 Sep, 2010, 11:24 GMT
Burning Man over, mind blown, love me some 4AM Denny's!
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Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

Day 126: 1 Sep, 2010, 03:12 GMT
ok not there yet, but no reception in the desert; bring on the Burning of the Man!
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Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA

Day 126: 1 Sep, 2010, 02:46 GMT
half way to middle of nowhere in Nevada desert. My 1st time in an RV, I think - not a bad way to travel. It's no mini of course!
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Portland, Oregon, USA

Day 125: 31 Aug, 2010, 16:47 GMT
off to Burning Man! I'm somewhere between petrified and excited! Loading up the RV and off towards Nevada in an hour!
Alex

America's Pastime

Posted by Alex on Saturday, August 28, 2010 Hide
I was going to write up a post about the baseball games I got to see a while ago, but then I forgot, then some more time passed, and here we are now, with me getting back to it: baseball, the great American Pastime! Not quite as great (or popular) as the NFL these days perhaps, but a nice relaxing w... Read More
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Go West, Young Man! Even Further West!

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Hide
This is Lara:She was one of my 17 closest friends in Rio de Janeiro over Carnaval last year. Meaning we were in the same 18-person dorm at our Rio hostel. Then I ran into her again in Argentina. And then she went back home to Western Australia, while I proceeded to do all the silly things you read t... Read More
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Where school buses go to die

Posted by Alex on Monday, August 16, 2010 Hide
What happens to that dear 'ol bus that would take you to school and back when you were a kid? Well, apparently, the school buses all have their different personalities, just like the rest of us, and they all go in a number of different ways. And what do a lot of retired Americans do now? Why, they d... Read More
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I'm [kinda] famous...

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Hide
Just not quite the way I had ever wanted to become famous. Apparently, I was responsible for (maybe 'involved in' is more appropriate actually) holding up some traffic in Seattle: http://www.centraldistrictnews.com/2010/08/10/cdnews-police-scanner-8-10 - the 3:23PM incident at 14th and Yesler is all... Read More
Tags: Seattle
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Americana!

Posted by Alex on Monday, August 9, 2010 Hide
I left Chicago by train, the same way I had arrived - from Union Station in the heart of the city. The station's waiting hall set a properly All-American scene:This was making me feel fairly patrioticSo, in this patriotic, all-American spirit, I headed for my one last destination: Mount Rushmore. Ac... Read More
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And so, we meet again, mini!

Posted by Alex on Friday, August 6, 2010 Hide
Being back in Seattle finally, first order of business was, of course, to check in on the ongoing struggle for survival that is the current state of the mini. Ok, not really the very first order of business, but it was pretty high up on the list.Gunnar, who is the man in charge of the restoration pr... Read More
Tags: Seattle
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Seattle, WA, USA

Day 97: 3 Aug, 2010, 06:37 GMT
arriving in Seattle a bit later than I'd hoped, but all moved in to my new place by midnight! Good to be home!
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Anacortes, WA, USA

Day 97: 3 Aug, 2010, 06:36 GMT
back into the US of A 1 last time: why does customs take so damn long!? Don't they know I've still gotta move today?
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Victoria, BC, Canada

Day 97: 3 Aug, 2010, 06:33 GMT
not quite done yet, just a little further West - Victoria and Vancouver Island
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Dotting the i's, Crossing the t's

Posted by Alex on Friday, July 30, 2010 Hide
Ever since Sicily, my trip's been taking me to places that I've visited previously - sure Pisa and Switzerland and Quebec and Ontario were all new, but they don't feel quite as radically new as, say, finally reaching Africa and seeing the Pyramids in Egypt. It's more like going through and picking u... Read More
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It's Good to be Back!

Posted by Alex on Friday, July 30, 2010 Hide
After making it all the way from New York to Denver overland, I finally relented and got on a plane for the final leg of the trip to Seattle and the Pacific Coast. And upon landing, I immediately concluded that it's good to be back!View of Mt. Rainier in the setting sun on the flight over the Cascad... Read More
Tags: DenverSeattle
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Seattle, WA, USA

Day 93: 30 Jul, 2010, 07:11 GMT
and I'm back! Mt Rainier looking beautiful in the sunset on approach to Seattle...
Alex

Canada's Full of Hippies!

Posted by Alex on Friday, July 30, 2010 Hide
Welcome to Montreal!After some Greyhound bus-related mis-adventures in Vermont, I finally made it to Montreal. (At about 3 in the morning - Greyhound is not your friend!) What did I know about Montreal prior to arriving? They speak French a lot, and I have friends to visit there - that's about it. T... Read More
Tags: TorontoMontreal
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Boise, ID, USA

Day 93: 30 Jul, 2010, 00:11 GMT
a bit of a bumpy ride to Boise, now here for 2.5 hours before the last leg to Seattle. Boise State souvenirs anyone?
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Denver, CO, USA

Day 92: 29 Jul, 2010, 20:38 GMT
long drive back to Denver, just over 1000 miles in 2 days, and now waiting to fly home to Seattle
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Devils Tower, WY, USA

Day 92: 29 Jul, 2010, 20:36 GMT
Bit of a detour, but would be a shame if I didn't see the Tower while here - almost(!) a speeding ticket...
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Mount Rushmore, SD, USA

Day 92: 29 Jul, 2010, 20:34 GMT
Crazy Horse last night, now Rushmore. Crazy Horse will be bigger, but Rushmore is finished
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Custer State Park, SD, USA

Day 92: 29 Jul, 2010, 20:31 GMT
Buffalo steak for dinner, buffalo steak again for breakfast - living the high life in South Dakota!
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Torrington, WY, USA

Day 90: 27 Jul, 2010, 22:51 GMT
rented a car, borrowed a tent, lunch in Wyoming and on to Rushmore!
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Bright Lights, Big City

Posted by Alex on Monday, July 26, 2010 Hide
New York, New York!The night-time view onto mid-town Manhattan: the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the UN (and more), from Nathalie's apartment, where she was kind enough to let me stay for a couple of nightsTimes Square on a rainy July dayThe Statue of Liberty, flanked by the New Jer... Read More
Tags: New York
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Chicago, IL, USA

Day 88: 25 Jul, 2010, 15:44 GMT
delays a theme for NAmerican travel - train's 3 hours late finally arriving in Chicago; at least the weather looks nice
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Buffalo, NY, USA

Day 87: 24 Jul, 2010, 02:35 GMT
back across the border, catching up w/friends from Duke and Thailand in Buffalo! Oh, and the falls tomorrow too!
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Day 86: 23 Jul, 2010, 04:42 GMT
back in TO for a concert - wineries and the falls tomorrow! And back to the US of A
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London, Ontario, Canada

Day 86: 23 Jul, 2010, 04:40 GMT
today's geography lesson: London is NOT a suburb of Toronto... Thanks for letting me borrow the Bimmer, Timmy!
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Day 84: 21 Jul, 2010, 12:24 GMT
finally a bus ride that's not horribly delayed, here's Toronto
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Day 81: 18 Jul, 2010, 14:38 GMT
finally arrived in Montreal at 2 in the morning... Bienvenue!
Alex

The Seven Wonders of the World

Posted by Alex on Sunday, July 18, 2010 Hide
Have I been everywhere and seen every single remarkable site that the world has to offer? No, I have not. Should this preclude me from declaring what the magical 'Seven Wonders of the World' are? Maybe... but it won't - this is my list, if you disagree with something, feel free to make your own!I th... Read More
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Burlington, Vermont, USA

Day 81: 18 Jul, 2010, 00:14 GMT
bus ride to Montreal was going splendidly right up until we a brake problem gave us a ~3 hr delay!
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Boston, MA, USA

Day 80: 17 Jul, 2010, 13:05 GMT
Boston for a night and a Sox game at Fenway. Unfortunately, the rain seems to have followed me up here...
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New York, NY, USA

Day 77: 14 Jul, 2010, 17:34 GMT
Great to catch up with family in Jersey, but on to New York - Wicked!
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Newark, NJ, USA

Day 76: 13 Jul, 2010, 14:11 GMT
IcelandExpress not most comfortable (or on-time) way to get across Atlantic, but it does get you there - Hello New York!
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Keflavik, Iceland

Day 75: 12 Jul, 2010, 14:20 GMT
in iceland again but only for 2 hrs this time. Why i've never seen you so sunny, iceland?
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Gatwick airport, england

Day 75: 12 Jul, 2010, 10:50 GMT
bus to airport 45 minutes late, but on the plane now. On to new york!
Alex

What a difference ten years makes

Posted by Alex on Sunday, July 11, 2010 Hide
Ok, eleven years... almost to the day, in fact - the last (and only other) time I had been to Rome was back in the summer of 1999, when I was young, naive, and inexperienced in the ways of a world-wide nomad. So, I've changed and evolved since then - turns out Rome has too. Well, in some ways, it ha... Read More
Tags: RomaPisa
Alex

Across the Balkans

Posted by Alex on Friday, July 9, 2010
photo album Across the Balkans: 45 new photos
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London, England

Day 71: 8 Jul, 2010, 22:41 GMT
time to visit with friends in dear 'ol London!
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A Rugby Player and his Salad

Posted by Alex on Thursday, July 8, 2010 Hide
As I was wandering, somewhat aimlessly, around the city of Bristol, I came upon the St Nicholas Farmer's Market. To add to the excitement, 'Street Market Chefs' (a British cooking network-type show, I presume) was filming an episode at the market. I hung around to watch and was rewarded with the amu... Read More
Tags: Bristol
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Diesel Power!

Posted by Alex on Thursday, July 8, 2010 Hide
I must have actually driven a diesel vehicle before at some point. It obviously didn't leave much of a mark, since the only diesel experience I can think of was filling the mini up with Gazole (which I now know is French for diesel, not gasoline!) and learning that that was a rather expensive error ... Read More
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Multi-lingual Rescue Operations

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Hide
So, there I was enjoying the Switzerland the way it was meant to be enjoyed - climbing up a windy, twisty path in the Alps with a big blue glacier looking down on me invitingly.That's the glacier!Lynn and I had just spent an hour hiking to get up here, but she had to turn back at this point, hoping ... Read More
Tags: GenevaMartigny
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Bienvenue a Paris!

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 Hide
Welcome to the City of Lights! The Eiffel Tower presiding over in the middle of the nightOr would you prefer a more artsy black and white version of the tower?How about an artist's rendition of the Tower from the Musee Pompidou?I like Paris...... Read More
Tags: Paris
Alex

Ah the Catholic Church...

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 Hide
Yes, there are a few things that I understand - for instance: - the Catholic Church, just like most other religious institutions is constantly competing to win (and keep) the souls (and wallets) of the common man, and building giant, imposing religious structures has always been a sure fire way of p... Read More
Tags: Lyon
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Bristol, England

Day 69: 6 Jul, 2010, 08:00 GMT
And to complete the loooong day-trip journey from Paris, another three hour train ride over to Bristol for more couchsurfing!
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Portsmouth, England

Day 69: 6 Jul, 2010, 07:58 GMT
here's England! Kinda nice to be in a country where they speak English again...
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Cherbourg, france

Day 68: 5 Jul, 2010, 10:06 GMT
bye bye france, on across the chunnel to england, never been on a ferry on this side of the channel before...
Alex

Defcon III

Posted by Alex on Friday, July 2, 2010 Hide
Also known as, fuck off, my dear Mr. æ±?å©·! You probably aren't actually reading though... and it isn't really your fault, you are getting paid by people like the ones here. People who want to increase the ranking of their site among Google search results by artificially increasing the number ... Read More
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That's a mighty big bridge you've got there!

Posted by Alex on Friday, July 2, 2010 Hide
Viaduc de MillauThis is the Millau Viaduct, a 400+ million Euro project in the South of France completed fairly recently, in December 2004. It's a gigantic bridge, as you can probably appreciate, spanning the valley above the town of Millau. Several records were set over the course of design and con... Read More
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Paris, France

Day 65: 2 Jul, 2010, 18:26 GMT
back in Paris, no mini and no La Prefecture this time - feels so liberating! What's with the rain though!?
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Lausanne, switzerland

Day 65: 2 Jul, 2010, 11:25 GMT
boarding the tgv for paris. Excited about the 350kmh, not the price though!
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Geneva, Switzerland

Day 65: 2 Jul, 2010, 07:29 GMT
Yes, back to Geneva - website v2.0 needs a round-trip option!
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Martigny, Switzerland

Day 65: 2 Jul, 2010, 07:27 GMT
out for a day hiking in the Alps - that's the real Switzerland I'd always imagined! Down to the cows grazing on slope
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Geneva, Switzerland

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:42 GMT
back in Geneva, sans car this time to hang out with Lynn and some of her co-workers
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Lyon, France

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:42 GMT
returning the car, paying more tolls, seeing some churches in Lyon, waiting for my delayed train back to Geneva...
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Geneva, Switzerland

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:40 GMT
Arriving in Geneva just in time to watch the streets break out in celebration over Brazil beating Chile at the World Cup
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Ugine, France

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:39 GMT
didn't have time to see Torino, back to France via the 18km(!) Tunnel de Frejus. Which cost me 35 Euro!?!
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Oulx, Italy

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:36 GMT
briefly back into Italy - you build Ferraris, how can you be so bad at designing road interchanges!?
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St Etienne de Tinee, France

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:35 GMT
to the Alps: Route de la Bonette, highest road in Europe, went over 2,802m pass! Where it was cold and hailing!
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Roquebilliere, France

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:31 GMT
Yup, it's amazing! 40 hairpins by lunchtime and counting!
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Sospel, France

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:30 GMT
heading for Col de Turini - the World's Best Driving Road, according to Top Gear!
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Nice, France

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:27 GMT
was hoping for a couple days in Nice, just get a night instead... Guess I've got to come back
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Avignon, France

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:26 GMT
yup, I've gone back and made Google use the actual route I took! Too bad don't have time to see Avignon though, on to Nice!
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Uzes, France

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:25 GMT
late night dinner stop at a scenic roadside winery/restaurant. Practicing my French!
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Vebron, France

Day 63: 30 Jun, 2010, 12:23 GMT
sounds a lot like Hebron... driving thru amazing country-side in Parc National des Cevennes. Me gusta diesel!
Alex

We must tear it down, before we build it back up!

Posted by Alex on Sunday, June 27, 2010 Hide
While I'm prancing all around Egypt and Israel, taking trains, boats, buses, and planes, you've been quietly wondering - say, I sure would like to know what ever happened to the mini? Well, never fear, we have an update! Gunnar, back in Seattle, is now fully in charge of running the affairs of the m... Read More
Tags: Seattle
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Montpellier, France

Day 58: 25 Jun, 2010, 10:32 GMT
nice town, waiting for Mathilde to arrive from Paris, but why the hell is there no luggage storage!? Security? Idiocy!
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Marseille, France

Day 58: 25 Jun, 2010, 10:24 GMT
long busride from Pisa made more uncomfortable by two crying babies behind me, riding w/their mom, who's pregnant again!
Alex

Amazing Egypt *

Posted by Alex on Thursday, June 24, 2010 Hide
Ok, I've been a little hard on Egypt recently. And it probably deserved it too, but I should give [some] credit where [some] credit is due. So, Egypt... the ancient land of Pyramids, the land of amazing Arabic architecture, the land of magical stretches of sand lining the Red Sea.Starting from the b... Read More
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Pisa, Italy

Day 56: 23 Jun, 2010, 20:57 GMT
Pisa feels so tiny, peaceful, and quiet after Rome! Not nearly enough sleep last night though!
Alex

BOOOOOM! Goes the volcano...

Posted by Alex on Monday, June 21, 2010 Hide
It starts off as a rumble of not-so-distant thunder. Then the sound quickly escalates into the roar of a jet engine at take off. By now, it has your complete attention, so you are staring at the column of fire (and, well, brimstone) that's shooting twenty or thirty feet up into the air from the top ... Read More
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Roma, Italy

Day 54: 21 Jun, 2010, 07:44 GMT
back in Rome after a 10 year break... Guess the Colosseum is still here?
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Roma, Italy

Day 54: 21 Jun, 2010, 07:42 GMT
back in Rome after a 10 year break... Guess the Colosseum is still here?
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Naples, Italy

Day 54: 21 Jun, 2010, 07:42 GMT
Wow, that was a rough ride getting here! Back on the European mainland...
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Isola Stromboli, Italy

Day 51: 18 Jun, 2010, 12:51 GMT
good bye busy-ish palermo, hello tiny little spec of a volcanic island off the coast. Lava flows to be examined tonight
Alex

Oh, Italy!

Posted by Alex on Thursday, June 17, 2010 Hide
Remember when you had the Roman Empire? When the only people you couldn't conquer were the ones you couldn't find? How about the Roman Catholic Church? As grand as the Roman Empire was, the church spread its influence even wider! And then what happened? Is that how the Roman Empire actually fell? Wh... Read More
Tags: Palermo
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Palermo, Italy

Day 49: 16 Jun, 2010, 21:13 GMT
Bella Sicilia! Just spent an hour chatting with an Argentinian, living in Germany currently - random people you meet traveling!
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Trapani, Italy

Day 49: 16 Jun, 2010, 21:04 GMT
ferry ride was comfortable enough, finding hotel in the middle of the night a little harder. Trapani's very pretty at night though
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Tunis, Tunisia

Day 46: 13 Jun, 2010, 22:26 GMT
Out of Egypt and into Tunisia - my 1st time trying out CouchSurfing out here, so far an amazing experience hanging all day w/locals
Alex

On Egypt, Part III: the Yin and the Yang of Egypt

Posted by Alex on Sunday, June 13, 2010 Hide
I ended up spending a full week in Hurghada - it's not that I actually liked it, no, it was just comfortable, my hotel had AC and internet, and diving was cheap, easy, and nearby. After a couple of dyas of local dive trips though, grander things came calling, and I agreed to go South to Marsa Alam f... Read More
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Cairo, Egypt

Day 45: 12 Jun, 2010, 21:41 GMT
One final bit of Egypt magic - my flight's delayed by 5 hours. But the US tied in England at the World Cup, and that's pretty cool!
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Hurghada, Egypt

Day 43: 10 Jun, 2010, 20:07 GMT
one more full day on the coast, before heading to Cairo for my flight to Tunisia
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Marsa Alam, Egypt

Day 43: 10 Jun, 2010, 20:04 GMT
Down to Marsa Alam for a day of diving - deeply disappointing, which's becoming far too common of a refrain here in Egypt
Alex

Sunrise to sunrise

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Hide
Sunrises really are a lot more spectacular than sunsets. You go from pitch black darkness to gentle dawn and then, all of a sudden, the golden-red orb of our neighborhood star pops up over the horizon! Then again, maybe I just don't get to see nearly as many sunrises as I do sunsets, so they only se... Read More
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On Egypt, Part II: Adventures in Customer Service

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Hide
I got up early in the morning, headed downstairs to reception and handed over a laundry bag. - Could you get this washed for me, please? - No problem, sir. It'll be ready this evening or tomorrow morning.I expressed my preference for 'this evening' and went off diving. Diving was nice, we saw dolphi... Read More
Tags: Hurghada
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Tomb Raider Footsteps

Posted by Alex on Sunday, June 6, 2010 Hide
Lara Croft hunts for her mysterious treasure at the Angkor Wat Temple complex near Siem Reap, Cambodia. I followed in 2008. It was spectacular. Go back a little further in Hollywood tomb raider history and Harrison Ford, as Indiana Jones, goes to find the Holy Grail in the 'Canyon of the Crescent Mo... Read More
Tags: Petra
Alex

On Egypt

Posted by Alex on Sunday, June 6, 2010 Hide
Egypt, for all its ancient and mesmerizing beauty can at times be incredibly frustrating. 150 years of tourism has turned the place into a carnival of package tours, and rampant corruption has turned it into a place of tour agencies, collecting fat commissions. At the moment, I'm in Hurghada, on the... Read More
Tags: Hurghada
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Hurghada, Egypt

Day 39: 6 Jun, 2010, 09:10 GMT
back to the Red Sea coast, feeling a little lost among all the package tourists again.
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Aswan, Egypt

Day 37: 4 Jun, 2010, 20:18 GMT
Back to Aswan and looking forward to the Red Sea tomorrow!
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Abu Simbel, Egypt

Day 37: 4 Jun, 2010, 20:13 GMT
Made it all way the way down South to see the Abu Simbel Temple, almost at Sudan border... Need less heat!
Alex

Terre Sancta

Posted by Alex on Friday, June 4, 2010 Hide
Jerusalem... The Holy LandJerusalem... I've seen lots of places over the past two years, but none of them approach Jerusalem. It's hectic, yet downright transcendent; it's ancient, yet at the forefront of modern-day's politics; the people here look like they still live in the 17th century, yet each ... Read More
Tags: Jerusalem
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Aswan, Egypt

Day 36: 3 Jun, 2010, 16:16 GMT
It may actually be even hotter down here! Thinking of skipping any Nile cruises in favor of just going to the Red Sea and diving...
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Luxor, Egypt

Day 35: 2 Jun, 2010, 18:32 GMT
Was 42 degress (Celsius!) today while I wondered around the Luxor temples... I don't have much to add - looking forward to sleep!
Alex

Seven!

Posted by Alex on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Hide
That's right, I've finally made it to Africa, continent #7! Oh, and there's some fairly large Pyramids around here too... Heading deeper into the continent, up the Nile into the center of Egypt tonight.... Read More
Tags: Cairo
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Cairo, Egypt

Day 32: 30 May, 2010, 03:09 GMT
six hours of somewhat less than comfortable sleep on an Egyptian bus, and we're on to Cairo! People much nicer here than Sharm...
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Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Day 30: 28 May, 2010, 10:13 GMT
neon lights ... blasting music ... millions of tourists ... jaded unfriendly locals ... when are we leaving this place again?
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Dahab, Egypt

Day 30: 28 May, 2010, 09:53 GMT
back to the beaches in Dahab. Was going to go diving, but lacking any sleep the night before, wakeboarding clearly a better choice
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Mt. Sinai, Egypt

Day 30: 28 May, 2010, 09:52 GMT
Up to Mt Sinai for a sunrise - great views, so crowded though...
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Dahab, Egypt

Day 30: 28 May, 2010, 09:44 GMT
back to the beaches in Dahab. Was going to go diving, but lacking any sleep the night before, wakeboarding clearly a better choice!
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Taba, Egypt

Day 30: 28 May, 2010, 09:31 GMT
across the border and into Egypt, and first order of business is to haggle with a cab driver... Ahh, the thrid world!
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Eilat, Israel

Day 26: 24 May, 2010, 19:42 GMT
2 days on the Dead Sea, living in a kibbutz (awesome!) and now on to Eilat for one last day in Israel, Egypt next!
Alex

Things that are Missing

Posted by Alex on Monday, May 24, 2010 Hide
Missing because the whole time in Israel so far, I've been traveling with friends, which leaves a lot more time to go out for dinner or a glass of juice on the streets of Tel Aviv, but a lot less time for blogging. To be caught up on eventually... TBD when exactly, but a preview of things to come in... Read More
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Ein Gedi, Israel

Day 26: 24 May, 2010, 06:58 GMT
I'm the king of the world! Or at least the mountain! Massada at for sunrise for teh win
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Jerusalem, Israel

Day 23: 21 May, 2010, 18:21 GMT
back in Jerusalem in time for Shabbat. Went into a synagogue, was surrounded by Hassidic Jews praying fervently, felt out of place
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Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

Day 23: 21 May, 2010, 18:17 GMT
to Bethlehem and the West Bank - guess what? Jesus was born here...
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Jerusalem, Israel

Day 20: 18 May, 2010, 06:38 GMT
Jerusalem is amazing. Will need a few more days here too...
Alex

Welcome to the Holy Land - Sometimes there's Drama!

Posted by Alex on Saturday, May 15, 2010 Hide
We landed in Tel Aviv at 4 in the morning. There was very little drama, aside from the man with the giant lips. I went through Israeli customs and immigration; there was a little drama while I stood waiting in line for 30 minutes, after less than 30 minutes of sleep and decided it wasn't my idea of ... Read More
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Tel Aviv, Israel

Day 14: 12 May, 2010, 18:30 GMT
Yael and Etai's wedding ceremony at Kibbutz Q - beautiful ceremony, dancing goes till 2 in the morning
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Eilat, Israel

Day 13: 11 May, 2010, 19:03 GMT
across the border to Eilat for a night, ready to catch the bus up North tomorrow morning
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Aqaba, Jordan

Day 13: 11 May, 2010, 17:31 GMT
a couple of days in Petra, and now heading back to Tel Aviv for Yael's wedding
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Petra, Jordan

Day 11: 9 May, 2010, 17:45 GMT
After protracted bargaining session with cab driver @ border, we arrived in Petra, and the place is amazing! Despite the dust...
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Aqaba, Jordan

Day 11: 9 May, 2010, 15:25 GMT
met up with Bailey in Tel Aviv early in the morning, now in Jordan and on to Petra!
Alex

Enoooormous!

Posted by Alex on Friday, May 7, 2010 Hide
Really, how can a man support such an enormous set of lips? Wouldn't you have to have extra strong neck muscles, or something to support such things? The man with the lips and I got off to a bad start immediately - I had my window seat on the plane to Athens, and was looking forward to having an ent... Read More
Tags: Athens
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Haifa, Israel

Day 9: 7 May, 2010, 13:10 GMT
on to Haifa - Hi, Michelle! I haven't slept tonight, where's your couch?
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Tel Aviv, Israel

Day 9: 7 May, 2010, 02:03 GMT
land in tel aviv at 4, finally thru customs and passport control by 5! We a 3rd world country or what? On to haifa. Needing sleep
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Athens, Greece

Day 8: 6 May, 2010, 21:58 GMT
middle of the night at the athens airport, and i forgot to take my pillow out of checked luggage...
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Thessaloniki, Greece

Day 8: 6 May, 2010, 20:27 GMT
greece taking a break from striking just long enough for me to depart. On to israel! Well, athens for now, hope israel to follow
Alex

The rioting Greeks

Posted by Alex on Thursday, May 6, 2010 Hide
It finally started to rain around shortly after noon. It had been dark and gloomy ever since the morning, which seemed to fit my mood; I tried to busy myself going off to find a place to exchange my left over Albanian Lek and Serbian Dinars. I got 7.40 Euro for my efforts - the night before I spent ... Read More
Alex

The 'B' Capitals of Eastern Europe

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Hide
Berlin... Belgrade... Budapest... BucharestBelieve it or not, I liked geography back when I was growing up too. And since I was growing up in the Soviet Union, a lot of the geography I paid attention to dealt with the countries of Eastern Europe. And a lot of them had capitals that started with 'B' ... Read More
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Thessaloniki, Greece

Day 6: 4 May, 2010, 21:28 GMT
Trains are on strike, but we just get a bus instead - such a civilized way to strike! Got here faster too, I think
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Skopje, Macedonia

Day 6: 4 May, 2010, 15:12 GMT
deeper into macedonia and getting closer to the moment of strike reckoning at the greek border
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Safety Third!

Day 6: 4 May, 2010, 11:33 GMT
Q: How would greek financial crisis affect the trip? A: Trains on strike, getting from macedonian border to thessaloniki tbd at the moment!
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Belgrade, Serbia

Day 5: 3 May, 2010, 20:27 GMT
Serbia makes me 7 for 7 in visiting former Yugoslav states, next month going for 7/7 continents too!
Alex

Some Budapest thoughts

Posted by Alex on Sunday, May 2, 2010 Hide
- my feet hurt. Spent all day walking around town yesterday, followed that up with being out till 4 in the morning last night. Today's been a struggle. Looking forward to spending most of tomorrow on a train (to Belgrade). Maybe I should have done the thermal baths after all...- I love Nestea's Peac... Read More
Tags: Budapest
Alex

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'!

Posted by Alex on Friday, April 30, 2010 Hide
Hello, blog, have you missed me? I haven't abandoned you, just a prolonged bit of neglect, while being busy not traveling for a month, but let's catch up! This is Tina, rolling down the hill on a powder-ful day at Crystal Mountain at the beginning of April:And here's a Tina still in mid-roll. I prop... Read More
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Budapest, Hungary

Day 2: 30 Apr, 2010, 21:43 GMT
1st night in Budapest - too tired to go out drinking, but dinner at a Thai-Hungarian restaurant rather interesting, and unexpected
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Budapest, Hungary

Day 2: 30 Apr, 2010, 21:39 GMT
1st night in Budapest - too tired to go out drinking, but dinner at a Thai-Hungarian restaurant rather interesting, and unexpected
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London, England

Day 2: 30 Apr, 2010, 21:36 GMT
just enough time in London to catch up with Jamie and Thibault... and donate two more hours of my life to 'the tube.' Mind the Gap!
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San Francisco, CA, USA

Day 2: 30 Apr, 2010, 21:25 GMT
and i'm off again! Africa isn't going to see itself, you know
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San Francisco, CA, USA

Day 1: 29 Apr, 2010, 19:19 GMT
and i'm off again! Africa isn't going to see itself, you know
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Seattle, WA, USA

Day 1: 29 Apr, 2010, 16:30 GMT
time to go... frequent flyer miles taking me to London
Alex

Seattle Spring

Posted by Alex on Thursday, April 8, 2010
photo album Seattle Spring: 12 new photos
Tags: Seattle


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