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Dark Times—Burning Times

USA | Sat, 1 May 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [169]

THE ACTION IN VARANASI TAKES PLACE along the ghats, long stretches of concrete stairs leading from the maze of alleys to the river itself.  Stairways, as it were, down to heaven.  Beginning in the early morning, hoards of devoted Hindus descend ... Read more >

Exit Strategy

USA | Mon, 24 May 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [164]

WE'RE BACK FOR ONLY TWO WEEKS AND already are planning our escape. Most people travel to Colorado for the skiing and hiking—we come for our annual proddings and probings. Lest you think we’re masochists, Colorado is where our doctors are—... Read more >

Alternate Anniversary Plan B

USA | Sun, 25 Apr 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [161]

WE HAD PLANNED A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY DINNER for Saturday. Twenty-seven years is worthy of celebration, after all, and Myrtle Beach has a plethora of fine dining. With the social-distanced seating restrictions, the only table we could book at the Cork ... Read more >

Back Home On The Range

USA | Tue, 11 May 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [150]

LAST NIGHT’S SNOW WAS A BIT OF A SHOCK, probably more to the emergent cherry blossoms than it was to us. This isn’t our first taste of Springtime in the Rockies, after all. Just the same, it feels strange to be wearing long pants and shoes, ... Read more >

Ten Years Later

USA | Sat, 24 Apr 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [115]

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOCKED THE DOORS for the last time and set off to see the whole, wide world. The sale of the house was “under contract” in realtor-speak and most of our worldly possessions—everything that wouldn’t fit in ... Read more >

Winter News

NEW ZEALAND | Fri, 21 May 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [99]

I'm sitting in our downstairs flat looking out the window at a very misty morning. Rotorua city has disappeared from below as the mist melds with the sky and makes a continuous curtain of white. My granddaughter and I watch mornings like this and describe ... Read more >

My Journey to Becoming a One of the Millions Global Vocal Live-Streaming Artist

PHILIPPINES | Wed, 5 May 2021 | By ritchiebasilio | Views [95] | Video

Music, like life, is a journey. You may hear and appreciate both good and bad music because it reflects your life experiences. I'm not sure what yours is. In 2006, I turned off my radio because I didn't want to hear my vocals anymore, which means I didn't ... Read more >

Tags: live-streaming, singing, song, vocal artist

Bounty Day II

NORFOLK ISLAND | Tue, 8 Jun 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [92]

Happy Bounty Day!! Today is the 165th anniversary of the Pitcairn Islanders landing on Norfolk Island. On 8 June, 1856, 193 settlers arrived on the Morayshire and landed on an island where two convict settlements were once formed. The islanders landed ... Read more >

Isle of Attractions

AUSTRALIA | Wed, 7 Jul 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [87] | Comments [2]

Of all aspects of travel, the people I meet are what I appreciate most. A stand-out tourist site or a beautiful beach will always be there but it's the people who often alter the course of your travels, and that happened to me the other day. Outside ... Read more >

Intro to the Wolfgangsee for Salzburg College students

AUSTRIA | Sat, 24 Apr 2021 | By krodin | Views [85]

I was asked to give a brief spontaneous introduction to the St. Wolfgang pilgrimage route and church as well as to the Wolfgangsee.  The video ends a bit abruptly and I did misspeak, the line dividing the lake was the silk thread line, not the silver ... Read more >

Tags: mountains

Balkan Adriatic Coast Weeks 2B and 3: Albania, Montenegro, and Croatia

ALBANIA | Sun, 18 Jul 2021 | By krodin | Views [83]

HMMM, never made it to the Illyrian Royal Tombs.  Even though I knew where to turn off from the main road, there were no signs on the back roads and I drove around on pot-holed dirt tracks for almost an hour, before giving up and asking for directions ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, history, museums, on the road

Going, Going . . . Almost Gone!

COSTA RICA | Tue, 29 Jun 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [79]

PASSPORTS ✓ TICKETS ✓ HOTEL ✓ CAR ✓ AirBnB ✓ Pase de Salud —huh? It seems you need to complete an on-line health form to enter Costa Rica during these still Dark Times. Which means you also need a special travel insurance policy ... Read more >

Tags: finally!

Big Bird, Little Bird

COSTA RICA | Sun, 18 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [78]

THERE ARE LARGE BIRDS AND THERE ARE small birds. Summer isn’t the best time of year for birding in Costa Rica but we saw plenty of both on this rainy day at Arenal and, of course, Connie and I each have our favorites.     ... Read more >

Adriatic Coast -Week 1 Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro to Albania

CROATIA | Sun, 4 Jul 2021 | By krodin | Views [78]

On the Road Again – Exploring the Adriatic Balkan Coast  Week 1: down the coast to Velipoje, Albania through Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.   After over a year of travel restricted to my amazingly beautiful home ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cities, history

Adriatic Coast - Week 2 A, Northern Albania and Western North Macedonia

MACEDONIA | Thu, 8 Jul 2021 | By krodin | Views [77]

Week 2a  - Adriatic Coast + Northern Albania to Western North Macedonia It turned out that Velipoje is right on the coast, and it was here that I found our hotel.  The dark grey sandy beach is extensive. It stretches from the town area about ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cities, history, museums, towns

Norfolk Island 8th

NORFOLK ISLAND | Fri, 4 Jun 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [74]

For the 8th time I've returned to my happy place: Norfolk Island that is! COVID-19 has thoroughly wreaked havoc of practically all my travel plans both this year and last year. The last time I was on a plane was when I flew back from Thailand last year, ... Read more >

Steam Trains and Wooden Churches in Maramures

ROMANIA | Mon, 3 May 2021 | By steve_and_emma | Views [71]

The next morning we had time to look around Gura Humor, even if we hadn’t had time, we could have looked round as it only took a few minutes There was absolutely nothing to see in the town so we headed to the bus station to get the bus to Vesus ... Read more >

Back On Our Own

MEXICO | Tue, 24 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [68]

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 >

Arenal Volcano

COSTA RICA | Thu, 15 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [67]

WE WEREN’T REALLY SURPRISED TO BE pulled over in a roadside check. This wasn’t our first time driving in Latin America, after all—we had been stopped three times on Christmas Day in Nicaragua back in ’07. But the officer didn’... Read more >

Where The Birds Are

COSTA RICA | Tue, 6 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [66]

THE BARE TREE OUTSIDE OUR BALCONY is a favorite perch for the resident Hoffman's woodpecker and great-tailed grackle. It’s convenient birding for us when thunderstorms threaten another deluge and we’ve photographed streak-backed orioles, ... Read more >

Suceava and the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

ROMANIA | Tue, 27 Apr 2021 | By steve_and_emma | Views [66]

Our next destination after Iasi was to visit the painted monasteries of Bucovina. These UNESCO world heritage sites are not so easy to visit by public transport so we decided to splash out for a tour, and the best place to organise this was Suceava. ... Read more >

Aruba, Curaçao and the DR

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Sun, 12 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [65]

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 >

John Versus the REAL Birders

MEXICO | Fri, 20 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [64]

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 >

Pura Vida—It's A State of Mind

COSTA RICA | Fri, 2 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [64]

“ PURA VIDA ” LITERALLY TRANSLATES AS the “pure life” or “simple life,” Pura Vida means hello, good-bye and everything is cool—the Tico equivalent of Hawaii’s hang-loose Shaka sign. Pura Vida is an ... Read more >

Tags: the good life

Erratic Weather

NORFOLK ISLAND | Sun, 6 Jun 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [62]

The weather has been erratic for the past day or two but it hasn't stopped me from taking Norfolk Island by storm (no pun intended). One minute it's sunny and a few minutes later it's bucketing down as the winds thrash. After broken sleep last night ... Read more >

 

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