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Pakistan 3: Hunza - Gilgit-Baltistan

PAKISTAN | Wed, 13 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [110]

Pakistan 3 Hunza Hunza borders on China and the Hunza River corridor formed one of the main arteries of the Old Silk Road.  Sections of the old path zigzagging across the steep arid brown mountainsides are still visible from the new Karakorum ... Read more >

Tags: history, mountains, on the road

Back On Our Own

MEXICO | Tue, 24 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [104]

THE BIRDING TRIP IS OFFICIALLY OVER. It was a successful trip any way you slice it—5000 kilometers in six Mexican States, more than 400 bird species identified with 130 “Lifers” for Connie. At a rough estimate, I took 5000-something ... Read more >

Pakistan 2 - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mountains

PAKISTAN | Wed, 13 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [99]

 Pakistan 2 – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mountains  The drive from Mingora to Chitral is long, windy, and the roads, while asphalted, are often torn up. Nonetheless, the journey is beautiful.  The landscape changes from fruit orchards, ... Read more >

Tags: history, mountains, museums, on the road

Pakistan 1 - Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Swat Museums etc.

PAKISTAN | Tue, 12 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [96]

Pakistan 1: National Museums etc. in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Swat  Arrived in Karachi without any idea of what this trip would bring. I had tried on numerous occasions to travel to Pakistan, but something always came up.  After ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

John Versus the REAL Birders

MEXICO | Fri, 20 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [96]

THE NEARER WE—AND HURRICANE GRACE—got to Merida, the nastier the weather became. It was touch-and-go for a while with heavy rain and tree branches strewn across the road but they were waiting for us at Hotel Meson de Luna. The elevator was ... Read more >

Aruba, Curaçao and the DR

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Sun, 12 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [96]

MY FIRST CRUISE WAS TEN YEARS AGO—the Atlantic crossing that started these journals. I had no idea what to expect and Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas became the standard comparison for other cruise lines. This is the first time we ... Read more >

The Birds and People of Volcan Tocana

MEXICO | Fri, 13 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [95]

THE DAYS BEGIN TO RUN TOGETHER—a different hotel every night, up before dawn, load bags into the SUV, stop for coffee, head out for some morning birding and drive to the next destination. Sometimes we stop for more birding or maybe a quick lunch.... Read more >

Lockdown

NEW ZEALAND | Fri, 27 Aug 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [92]

We are in lockdown again...  One person found with Covid19 and because of it's exponential behaviour Aotearoa went immediately into lockdown.  Now a lot of us find lockdown nice, yes nice. We are lucky enough to not have to go into it for ... Read more >

Our Date With Grace

MEXICO | Wed, 18 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [91]

WE HAVE PRETTY MUCH ABANDONED ERIC’S well-planned itinerary, partly due to a hurricane named Grace but mostly because we are ahead of schedule, bird-wise. After Eric’s audible yesterday we headed out towards Ixpujil in the Mexican state of ... Read more >

A Bird In The Hand . . .

MEXICO | Tue, 3 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [88]

WE HAD THE LUXURY OF BREAKFAST at the hotel today—we’re staying local and it doesn’t get light until after seven. After heaping plates of mango, papaya, banana, cantaloupe and pineapple—more fruit than I usually eat in a week—... Read more >

Sailing into the Sunset

USA | Sat, 4 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [88]

WE WILL BE OUT OF TOUCH for the next week or so. We are taking a cruise to Aruba, Curacao and the Dominican Republic on the Carnival Horizon . One of the ways cruise lines remain profitable in spite of the low fares is the amount they charge for extras—... Read more >

Breezing through Bulgaria

BULGARIA | Wed, 10 Nov 2021 | By krodin | Views [87]

Breezing Through Bulgaria Bulgaria is a land filled with mystery and beauty. I traveled to Bulgaria to visit the National Museums of Archeology in various cities in order to learn more about the ancient Thracians and their deities, but was hit with ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

Island of Santa Claus

CHRISTMAS ISLAND | Tue, 23 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [87]

Santa Claus is nearly always envisioned as living somewhere cold and snowy rather than warm and balmy. My good friend Amanda sent me a video years ago. It was of a traveller with clips where he was dancing gleefully in dozens of places all around the ... Read more >

Blowin' In The Wind

MEXICO | Wed, 11 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [86]

CHICAGO MAY BE THE “WINDY CITY” but it can’t hold a candle to the Isthmus of Oaxaca and its hundreds—if not thousands—of wind-turbines furiously spinning among the thorn scrub. The wind didn’t seem to bother the birds, ... Read more >

You Can Call Me Owl

MEXICO | Mon, 16 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [84]

THE ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE AT TENAM PUENTE is only twenty minutes from City Express Hotel and sunrise isn’t until 7:30 so we were able to sleep in and enjoy the included breakfast. Eric usually finds Slender Sheartail Hummingbirds and Belted Flycatchers ... Read more >

To Buy Or Not To Buy . . .

ITALY | Thu, 23 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [83]

THAT IS THE QUESTION. With individual tickets starting at €8, purchasing a multi-day pass not only saves money, you don’t have to wait in line. But which pass is right, a 3-day Florence City Pass for €70 or the 3-day Uffizi Pass for €... Read more >

Final Exams

MEXICO | Thu, 2 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [82]

I COULD TELL BY THE PARADIDDLE OF STAMPING feet that Connie was having her nose swabbed for the Covid test. The administrator admonished her for squinching up her face on the first try and it was only a tantrum-like stomping that got her through. Well, ... Read more >

Room With A View

MEXICO | Sun, 29 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [81]

WE MIGHT STILL BE IN MEXICO but we'e been plotting out the next couple of months. It wasn't easy but finally made some long-range reservations. We leave for Cancun on Tuesday after our Covid tests and fly to Miami on Wednesday. Assuming we test negative ... Read more >

What Goes Up...Must Come Down

AUSTRALIA | Thu, 29 Jul 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [81]

It was a long journey to the Tip of Australia, so it was gonna be a long journey down. This is one of those very special journeys where I've had to just roll with the punches. Regardless if I've had to sleep in a tent or give up after several hours with ... Read more >

Puerto Morelos

MEXICO | Sat, 28 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [80]

WHEN KIPLING WROTE “ONLY MAD DOGS and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” he could have been referring to Puerto Morelos. With the heat and humidiy it’s uncomfortable even on the beach. They have been cleaning up after Señorita ... Read more >

Cozumel

MEXICO | Sun, 22 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [80]

OURS WAS THE FIRST CAR OFF THE Naviera Ferry to Cozumel last night—fitting since we arrived at the port 3½ hours before sailing. Our “business” on the mainland was finished and there was no 1:00PM sailing on Sunday, only the ... Read more >

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AUSTRALIA | Tue, 27 Jul 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [79]

Now that I've been to the Tip of Australia, I feel I have to go even further north. If it were possible at the moment I would try to get across to Papua New Guinea. Until recently I figured the Torres Strait Islands were somewhat like Norfolk Island ... Read more >

San Juan Batista del Valle

MEXICO | Mon, 2 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [78]

ON SUNDAY WE MADE A FEW STOPS at “birdy-sounding” places on our way to Parque Ecotouristico La Cumbre Ixtepeji. Long pants and polar fleece were much appreciated today at 10,000 feet. The scenery was spectacular and the birding, though chilly, ... Read more >

Benvenuto in Italia

ITALY | Tue, 21 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [78]

EVEN WITH ALL OF OUR FLIGHTS departing and arriving on time it took twenty-one hours to go from Omaha to Atlanta to Paris to Florence. And it almost didn’t happen!                        ... Read more >

Bienvenidos a Oaxaca

MEXICO | Fri, 30 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [76]

WITH ALL OF OUR AIRBnB-ing, IT’S BEEN sixteen months since we have played “hotel hop-scotch.” But here we are, our second hotel in two nights with twenty more to come in the next month. It has been fourteen years since we were last ... Read more >

 

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