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Pálinka, Paprika and a Pig in Bácsalmás, Hungary

Pálinka, Paprika and a Pig in Bácsalmás, Hungary

October 17, 2011 1 Comment

The night before the pig’s last day came cold and crisp. Gabi made sure to put extra wood in the cast iron stove of our bedroom so that we wouldn’t be cold. Before going to bed she pokes her head in to say, “By the way, wear clothes tomorrow that you don’t mind getting sprayed in blood. Good night!

Meeting Viking Princesses in the Peruvian Amazon

Meeting Viking Princesses in the Peruvian Amazon

January 20, 2011 6 Comments

Modern times had turned Viking princesses soft, but I didn’t know this as we approached them in the dim, cool light before dawn.

Training Bulls in Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Training Bulls in Cotopaxi, Ecuador

January 5, 2011 No Comments

Somehow I’d always thought of Ecuador as lying along the fat waistband of the earth, but hadn’t imagined that it would be so high in the sky.  Since we landed in Quito we’ve been at elevation and now, as we reach our destination at the base of Cotopaxi volcano, my lungs wince at 12,000 ft. ...

Snorkeling with Anacondas in Bonito, Brazil

Snorkeling with Anacondas in Bonito, Brazil

December 9, 2010 No Comments

We’re Bonito in the interior of Brazil.  After three weeks of beaches I reluctantly decided that it was time to see a part of Brazil without sand.  I was happy to check out a new ecoregion until a nice Brazilian girl I was chatting with mentioned the “sucuri” that swallowed her dad’s fishing buddy whole ...

The Agra to Varanasi Overnight Train

The Agra to Varanasi Overnight Train

November 11, 2010 1 Comment

‘I’m in it to win it,’ I cheesily tell myself as we board the overnight train from Agra to Varanasi.  We’ve booked the four person bunk cabin, a splurge from the lowest class squished, sitting only and a step up from the six bed cabins where people are sardined floor to ceiling.  So far, I ...

Pálinka, Paprika and a Pig in Bácsalmás, Hungary

The night before the pig's last day came cold and crisp. Gabi made sure to put extra wood...

Lake Nicaragua – History, Honeymoon and the Panama Canal

My fascination with the Panama Canal began sometime in 7th grade social studies with Mr. Farley.  Mr. Farley didn’t...

A Love Story for a Royal Princess in London

Grandma Josephine was a Morse code operator during World War II for the British Army. She worked tirelessly in a bunker...

To Eat or Not to Eat: Guinea Pigs in Peru

Every country has something that people will quiz you on in order to judge your experience as a tourist there.  Argentina:...