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Going Trans-America, Almost

Portland, Ore., USA – I’ve taken quite a few long bus rides over the past several months: Bariloche to Mendoza, Argentina, 19...

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Six Months in, a Change in Plan

I’m writing this in San Jose, Costa Rica, exactly where I had planned to be on the six-month anniversary of this Around the World trip....

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Molas, One Tree Islands, and Leaving South America Behind – RTW Week #21

Panama City, Panama – These last seven days, the 21st week into my Round the World jaunt, witnessed a pair of milestones: the first,...

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Medellin, Cartagena and a Bout of Travel Fatigue – RTW Week #20

Cartagena, Colombia –The Hotel Stil is an eleven-story relic of the late nineteen-sixties or seventies that isn’t good at wearing its...

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End of the South American Line – Postcard from Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia – After a fourteen-and-a-half hour bus ride from Medellin, I arrived in Cartagena this morning, the northernmost...

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Hummingbird Farms, Grass Pyramids and Botero Plaza – RTW Week #19

Medellin, Colombia – This past week, the 19th into my RTW trip, began in the Zen surroundings of a hummingbird and butterfly farm in the...

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Bootleg Barbies, an Inauguration, a March Against Monsanto and the Coolest Floor in the World – RTW Week #18

Quito, Ecuador – If there’s been one constant on my extended jaunt around the world, it’s been this: I’m finding myself easily...

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‘Around the World’, at 120 Days

Today, 21 May 2013, marks 120 days since I began this Around The World Trip, exactly four months to the day, and the first day of the 18th...

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Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Lima and the First 100 Days – A Week in the Life of my RTW

Lima – Last Wednesday, May Day, unceremoniously marked Day No. 100 of my Around the World Trip. I devoted about five minutes of my...

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Travelin’ Shoes..

..taking a brief break today on the 12-week anniversary of my around-the-world trip. 🙂...

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Pink Fountains, Flying Pigs, Ernesto Cardenal and a new Pope – Mendoza notebook

There are two fountains in Mendoza’s gritty central Plaza Independencia. The larger one, in the center of the square, features carefully...

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Leaving Patagonia, Slowly: RTW, The First Five Weeks

In the early days of January I sketched out the only rough timeline that would ever be produced for my current round the world trip....

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For Better or Worse – My RTW Packing List, Part I

The internet needs another long-term travel packing list about as much as Barack Obama and Henry Kissinger deserve another Nobel Peace...

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One Week to Go – The ‘Round the World’ Working Plan v. 1.0

So, after more than a year of planning and preparation, the final week before my departure has arrived. Next Monday night, armed only with...

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Hitting a Wall

There’s 35 days until the departure date for my extended jaunt and I’ve hit a wall. That’s not a terrible thing; I enjoy...

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Mungo, a Bookcase and Jack Ruby – RTW: 40 Days to go

Meet Mungo. I gave him that Mohawk on a balmy summer day in Athens, Ohio, in 1986. On this cold Ljubljana afternoon he went back into a...

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Castle to Castle (Pic de Jour)

This is a quick lunchtime snap of the central Tivoli Park and Castle taken from Ljubljana’s hilltop castle. This is facing almost due...

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Pondering my Osprey Sojourn – RTW: 100 Days to go

_________________________________ Update 27-Feb-2014: 11,000km Later: An Osprey Sojourn 25 Review _________________________________ Today...

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Please Excuse the Dust

Dear all, As you may notice, I’m in the midst of making some changes here. A new layout, along with some reorganizing and reshuffling,...

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Inspiration, Istanbul and Packing Gadgets – LJ Pic of the Day

If you were looking for a bit of inspiration, a gentle nudge to let you know that you truly can be anything you really want to be,...

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