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Bidding Ecuador hasta luego...

ECUADOR | Sat, 24 Sep 2011 | By colleen_finn | Views [811]

The time has finally come—our last full day in Ecuador. The day after our excursion to Isla de la Plata, we flew back to Quito so we could catch a plane the following day for home. Flying from Manta to Quito is a difference of over 9000 feet, which ... Read more >

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On human rights and missing flights...

ISRAEL | Tue, 29 Mar 2011 | By colleen_finn | Views [607]

After my first attempt at surfing and a fun day of paddle boarding, the last day of our trip arrived. That evening, I had the pleasure of meeting an old friend of David's who used to live in the U.S., but now makes Israel his home. This friend is a peace ... Read more >

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Shalom from Jerusalem...

ISRAEL | Mon, 21 Mar 2011 | By colleen_finn | Views [978]

Here I am, in Israel at last. I've wanted to visit this country for years, but the opportunity just never arose. This is a unique trip for me for several reasons. First, I am not doing volunteer work, therefore the trip is shorter than my normal. Second, ... Read more >

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Sawatdika from Bangkok...

THAILAND | Tue, 27 Apr 2010 | By colleen_finn | Views [1370] | Comments [1]

Here I am in Bangkok, after 20 hours of flying and continuous blessings from the travel gods (those fickle deities who at times wreak havoc with your travel life, and at other times see fit to bestow good fortune). This time I was blessed with a row ... Read more >

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The journey from Delhi to Jodhpur...

INDIA | Tue, 31 Mar 2009 | By colleen_finn | Views [2146] | Comments [1]

Perhaps I spoke too soon when I said Egypt was good preparation for India. It's still true in some aspects, but in the sleeper train department it couldn't be further from the truth. Taking a sleeper train in India—even the tourist/business-class sort—is ... Read more >

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Namaste from New Delhi...

INDIA | Mon, 30 Mar 2009 | By colleen_finn | Views [910]

I can hardly believe that I am in India. It feels a bit decadent to be taking a trip so soon after my last, but the timing could not be helped. Compared to my journey to Egypt, the journey here was unremarkable. The flights were on time, there was no ... Read more >

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Riding Donkey to the Valley of the Kings...

EGYPT | Wed, 26 Nov 2008 | By colleen_finn | Views [4844]

I can honestly say that we've tried just about every form of transportation on this trip, with the notable exception of bicycles (which would be ridiculously stupid on Egyptian roads, but you do see them). We've traveled via bus, van, train, boat, ... Read more >

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Traveling via police convoy...

EGYPT | Mon, 24 Nov 2008 | By colleen_finn | Views [1969]

There are many parts of Egypt, Upper Egypt in particular (and remember, Upper Egypt is actually southern Egypt), in which travel restrictions apply to all foreigners. After a number of terrorist incidents resulted in the deaths of tourists in the 1990s, ... Read more >

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Not sleeping on a sleeper train...

EGYPT | Thu, 20 Nov 2008 | By colleen_finn | Views [1021]

After exploring the city of Alexandria, which is three hours north of Cairo, we are on a sleeper train to Luxor. Surprisingly the train is on time, because we hear that it is notorious for considering its schedule more of a "guideline," give ... Read more >

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Traffic!

EGYPT | Tue, 18 Nov 2008 | By colleen_finn | Views [981]

I've been to a lot of countries with hair-raising traffic, but Egypt might just take the cake. My guide book says that riding a bike here is tantamount to suicide, and now I understand. Aside from the double (and sometimes triple)-parked cars along the ... Read more >

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Asalaamu Aleikum from Cairo...

EGYPT | Sun, 16 Nov 2008 | By colleen_finn | Views [797]

The travel gods, fickle deities that they are, both giveth and taketh away. On a packed flight to JFK, I was seated with one passenger who was very territorial about the armrests. The other passenger in my row slept for most of the flight, head thrown ... Read more >

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Ferry across Cooks Straight and on to Nelson

NEW ZEALAND | Sat, 17 May 2008 | By sl0ggs | Views [1125] | Comments [1]

This morning I was up early and off to catch my ferry. Luckily I'd planned to rise earlier than needed 'just in case' anything went wrong... and lo and behold I missed the turning from the motorway for the ferry! LMAO! It's like I knew I was going to ... Read more >

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Auckland and a friendly face from home

NEW ZEALAND | Thu, 1 May 2008 | By sl0ggs | Views [984] | Comments [1]

Flying into New Zealand presented a similar ordeal as Australia in respect of their assault on anything animal, vegetable or mineral being brought into the country, not to mention that they didn't want to let me board as I didn't have a printed itinerary ... Read more >

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On to Sydney...

AUSTRALIA | Tue, 1 Apr 2008 | By sl0ggs | Views [1399]

My flight from Bangkok to Sydney had a pleasant surprise in store... I had been upgraded to Qantas's new 'Premium Economy' for the flight! I believe this was due to blind luck, as they are finishing their trails of it before they start selling tickets ... Read more >

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The Trek, Week Three: Down & Out

NEPAL | Sun, 16 Mar 2008 | By andrewalex | Views [1230] | Comments [9]

2-27-08: DAYS 15 & 16 (Morning) Lobuche (4930m) to Gorak Shep (5140m) Well, it turns out that Diamox makes peeing as frequent and necessary as breathing. Diamox is a medicine that alleviates AMS symptoms by divulging the body of fluids, ... Read more >

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Trains, trains, trains

MONGOLIA | Mon, 10 Mar 2008 | By tim_and_sam | Views [3905] | Comments [1]

Train T22 left for Xi'an on a cold, clear morning from an almost deserted Lhasa station. We both felt sad to be leaving Tibet and would have happily spent more time exploring a country that we both count as one of the highlights of the trip. It was ... Read more >

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I made it

USA | Sun, 9 Mar 2008 | By dragonflynambr | Views [554] | Comments [1]

Well we made it to Lima after many delays.My fellow passengers helped passed the time and are pretty interesting people. We have a big mix, the young student, the retired couples two DCC instructors and then there is me. I float back and forth among ... Read more >

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On the move...

NEW ZEALAND | Wed, 5 Mar 2008 | By daan | Views [1051]

Hola! Since my last blog entry I've been on the move quite a bit. After spending some excellent days in the Philippines, Thailand and Australia, I'm now in New Zealand. In Auckland I reunited with my parents who are on the road as well and as of today ... Read more >

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Super slickly organised travels to Borneo

MALAYSIA | Sun, 2 Mar 2008 | By sl0ggs | Views [2014] | Comments [1]

I've spent the last two days traveling to get to Borneo, and am now sat on a deck overlooking a pond, surrounded by jungle, using the resorts laptop to update you! The place I'm staying is a big whack to my budget, but I think I've afforded myself ... Read more >

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Budapest: dental makeover capital of eastern europe

HUNGARY | Sat, 1 Mar 2008 | By maria_brett | Views [1679]

If Prague is popular for women (and possibly men?) wanting a cheap boob job, why is it that Budapest is the Prague of dental jobs? Any googler looking to have their crowns tipped or canals rooted might find comfort in such places as the Fortuna Hotel ... Read more >

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