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CHILE | Mon, 25 Feb 2019 | By nortina | Views [60] | Comments [3]

Hace menos de un mes me tocó la última radiografía, baciloscopía y examen de sangre del tratamiento contra la tuberculosis. Esto de manera preventiva. Es extraño. Si bien sabía desde antes del día de ... Read more >

Tags: gratitud, paciencia, sanación, tuberculosis

Balneário Camboriú, Bates Motel and a riddle

BRAZIL | Sun, 8 Sep 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [59] | Comments [2]

September, Monday the 2nd 2019 Such a silly thing to do is to get hooked on a TV show like “Bates Motel”, right after finishing being entertained by “The Marvelous Mrs Measel” why isn’t there a 3rd Season and why then ... Read more >

Nagasaki Peace Park and A-Bomb Museum

JAPAN | Mon, 16 Sep 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [20]

THE CLOUDS OVER KOKURA JAPAN HAD A SILVER LINING on that August morning in 1945.  Bad luck for the residents of Nagasaki, though.  Kokura had drawn the short straw and was the primary target for the world’s second nuclear bomb. ... Read more >

Did you know what Michael did?

USA | Fri, 17 May 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [139] | Comments [2]

May 4th 2019  ...in Panama Beach, Panama City, Mexico Beach, FL for miles and miles  around? Reaching 160mph winds? Riding our bicycles through these areas for 2-3 days left me in a state of shock...disbelieve! Seven ... Read more >

Argentina/Brazil...Iguazu Falls with all the trimmings.

BRAZIL | Sun, 11 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [72] | Comments [1]

August 4th 2019. The reward is in the pudding....something like that. It was a long ways coming with a few minor “speed bumps” and here we are in one of the most stunning part of nature the world has seen.  We just about ... Read more >


JAPAN | Sun, 15 Sep 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [19]

NAGASAKI’S DORMY INN WAS A WELCOME SIGHT, visible as it was from the #5 Airport Bus stop at Shinchi.  It was after ten, we had been traveling all day and hadn’t eaten since lunch.  ANA, All Nippon Airways, was affordable, efficient ... Read more >

NZ Wilderness Misadventure

NEW ZEALAND | Wed, 10 Oct 2018 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [464] | Comments [1]

New Zealand is such a gorgeous place, and that's part of why it's my favourite country. I love tramping (hiking, to you folk from the rest of the world) and I've done many fabulous walks both in NZ and elsewhere. My favourite walk in all of NZ is the ... Read more >

An Oslo Stroll

NORWAY | Mon, 10 Dec 2018 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [179] | Comments [1]

For much of this trip I was dreading having to spend time in Oslo. The Norwegian capital just doesn't stand out the same way as London, Rome, or Vienna. People travel to France just to go to Paris and to the Netherlands to go to Amsterdam but you'd be ... Read more >

Florida Keys

USA | Sat, 6 Jul 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [73] | Comments [1]

June 30th  Ok, really, we are going to leave the USA, I promise! The heat and humidity made us give up our plan to get to Cuba   - even though there is a travel ban for US citizens, but exceptions always underline the rules ... Read more >

Going the extra Km - August 30th

BRAZIL | Sat, 31 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [64]

  We are taking detours from 101 north and space from “keep going” and are rewarded even though a lot of the little (but paved) roads are steep as hell - we even had to push our “plus size wire horses” at times......moans ... Read more >

The Grizzly Details — Shiretoko National Park

JAPAN | Sat, 7 Sep 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [43]

BROWN BEARS — GRIZZLIES TO US YANKS — were on everyone's minds.  Scores of weekend visitors— I didn’t realize it was Saturday until I saw the buses — hoped to see one of Shiretoko National Park’s Yezo brown bears.... Read more >


JAPAN | Wed, 11 Sep 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [23]

OCHIISHI NATURE CRUISES SAIL ONLY ON WEEKENDS.  Their website is so poorly translated from Japanese that we had to drive all the way to Ochiishi to get the bad news.  This would have been our last chance to get a good look at a spectacled ... Read more >

Routa 12 - 200km to Iguazu Falls.

ARGENTINA | Wed, 31 Jul 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [90]

...and summer hast started! We are taking a day off - it is July 30th of 2019 - in a ..not too fancy...not too expensive...perfectly comfy and clean hotel.  We knew that big -one night - rain, thunder and lighting was approaching last night! ... Read more >

Making headway to Florianópolis

BRAZIL | Fri, 16 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [76]

August 15th 2019  Moods change like the weather -while touring, the weather and the moods are even more unpredictable it seems. It’s getting warmer and that helps. We also took a little shortcut on a gentle dirt road in a most beautiful ... Read more >

A Rough Road to Nikko

JAPAN | Thu, 22 Aug 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [72]

WE HAD THE DEVIL OF A TIME GETTING FROM Takayama to Nikko, a route that ended up requiring a bus —two depending on how you count — and five different trains.  We were in the second car of a two car train heading to Toyama with four ... Read more >

There will be days like this....(heading east from Iguaçu to Florianópolis)

BRAZIL | Fri, 16 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [70]

....when we keep going and going and don’t seem to be able to find a right place for the night...and we keep going some more...another uphill..way too steep with pot holes to balance around and trucks to avoid ..another downhill ...there is a village ... Read more >

Florianópolis, August 25th 2019

BRAZIL | Mon, 26 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [56]

Time to relaxe, being at ease with the people around us - not even speaking the language. Take the ease and don’t think about it! Tracing some of James’ stomping grounds from 25 years ago. Hitting some resonating, good nerves and letting ... Read more >

Takayama Matsuri Festival

JAPAN | Tue, 20 Aug 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [51]

WE JUST REALIZED WHY WE SKIPPED TAKAYAMA in 2014.  The Takayama Matsuri, one of the three most popular festivals in Japan, was going on while we were in the area.  I don’t recall trying but I am sure we couldn’t have gotten reservations ... Read more >

Atlantic, here we come!

BRAZIL | Mon, 26 Aug 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [51]

We left after the rain and now we only have 130km to go to the Atlantic Ocean. Another cold snap and a bit of head winds, but the roads are good with a nice comfy shoulder and the traffic is acceptable.  August 22nd 2019 Amazon fires:... Read more >

Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

JAPAN | Thu, 29 Aug 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [51]

JOHN IS PRETTY COMFORTABLE DRIVING ON THE LEFT as they do here in Japan.  He has had enough practice, after all — nearly a year in Australia and New Zealand, half a year in South Africa, several trips to the UK and even six months in Uganda ... Read more >

Chūson-ji and the Golden Hall of Konjikidō

JAPAN | Tue, 27 Aug 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [47]

IT WASN’T EASY TO LEAVE NIKKO.  EVEN THE Frank Lloyd Wright designed station seemed to tug at our sleeves.  But the shinkansen was coming faster than a speeding bullet and we didn’t want to miss the train.      ... Read more >

Much Ado About Nikko

JAPAN | Fri, 23 Aug 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [44]

IT ISN’T OFTEN THAT THE FIRST PLACE YOU VISIT in a new town is a cemetery.  And not a famous one like Arlington National Cemetery or Normandy, either.  We had to work with a map and the lady at Nikko’s Tourist Information Center ... Read more >

A Damned Good Feeling

JAPAN | Fri, 6 Sep 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [34]

THE 325 KILOMETER DRIVE FROM SAPPORO was in its way nostalgic.  No, we've never been to Abashiri, nor have we driven in Hokkaido before yesterday.  But the long drive north brought back memories of other drives in other cars in other countries.... Read more >

Time Out at Misawa

JAPAN | Mon, 2 Sep 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [29]

WE ARE TAKING A FEW DAYS OFF — MAINLY BECAUSE WE CAN!  We're staying here at Misawa Joint Air Force/Navy Base.   It’s a little noisy with the F16s and the Navy P3 Orions taking off and landing at all hours, but we can handle it.... Read more >

The Birds in the Band

JAPAN | Thu, 5 Sep 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [28]

TUJI KOJI WAS JUST STEPPING OUT OF THE WOODS as we arrived at Lake Utonai Sancturary.   When he saw my camera and Connie's binoculars he beckoned to us to see what he had in the small cloth sack.  Smiling broadly, Tuji-san — we didn't ... Read more >


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