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Danube Overlook

Austria, Austria - jimbaffico: 2008-09-14
Beautiful, beautiful Austria.  I stand on a Danube River hilltop and survey the green rolling farmland.  Patchwork perfect cozy farmsteads, woodpiles impeccably kept; neatly manicured lanes happily wending through the bounty; fields standing green as you . . . more

Driving to Punta Cana

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - jimbaffico: 2007-10-24
Call it bad planning on my part, but I didn't adequately scope out the roads between La Romana and Punta Cana. Since there is such a heavy tourist trade in both places, I guess I figured that it would be tourist friendly. You know the kind of place where . . . more

Gourmet and adventure in the Drakensberg

Drakensberg, South Africa - drakensberg: 2004-12-17
This Drakensberg story is one of retreat, beauty, relaxation and good
eating.. The drive towards the Drakensberg Mountains swept over the undulating
foothills down side-roads that snake along meandering countryside to our first
destination Cleo . . . more

exploring santiago

santiago, Chile - suzyandtodd: 2004-10-07
Santiago has turned out to be bigger and more fast paced than we expected. Chileans speak the fastest spanish in latin america...so, yeah, spanish lessons are good. As far as sightseeing, weve taken a funicular to the top of Cerro San Cristobal, which is . . . more

#11 - Lebanon and Turkey

Lebanon and Turkey, Multi-Country - wanderlust: 2004-07-16
HE WHO STAYS AT HOME BESIDE HIS HEARTH AND IS CONTENT WITH THE INFORMATION WHICH HE MAY ACQUIRE CONCERNING HIS OWN REGION, CANNOT BE ON THE SAME LEVEL AS ONE WHO DIVIDES HIS LIFE SPAN BETWEEN DIFFERENT LANDS, AND SPENDS HIS DAYS JOURNEYING IN SEARCH OF PRE . . . more

I caught the pick pocket.

Madrid, Barcelona, Spain - jimbaffico: 2004-06-21
Madrid June 3rd, we arrive in Madrid and find the splendid Hotel Real awaiting us. Joey had wired ahead and arranged a fine bottle of champagne and fruit plate in celebration of our 37th wedding anniversary. And a surprise note for me: I can’t reve . . . more

#10 - Jordan and Syria

#10 - Jordan and Syria, Syria - wanderlust: 2004-06-04
BEAR IN MIND THAT THE SPECIAL ADVANTAGE OF VAGABONDING IS THE EXPERIENCE OF NOT REALLY KNOWING WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, WHICH YOU CAN OBTAIN AT BARGAIN RATES IN ALL CASES. THIS KIND OF HAPPY UNCERTAINTY KEEPS YOU IN THE QUI VIVE, THE BEST STANCE FOR SEEING AND L . . . more

first impressions

San Jose, Costa Rica - coffywoman: 2004-02-14
Finally, we're here in Costa Rica after a lengthy delay at DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth airport) due to unusual weather conditions and a subsequent need to de-ice the plane. Since snow is app . . . more

#9 - Egypt

Egypt, Egypt - wanderlust: 2004-02-16
I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you only have the most rudimentary sense of how . . . more

#8 - Ethiopia

Ethiopia, Ethiopia - wanderlust: 2004-01-27
Travelers learn not just foreign customs and curious cuisines and unfamiliar beliefs and novel forms of government. They learn, if they are lucky, humility. Experiencing on their sense a world different from their own, they realize their provincialism and . . . more

Hitching B.C

British Columbia, Canada - lsp181: 2004-01-20
Hitching
Hitch hiking is a tradition that had been around for a long time. It has always been the ultimate in budget travel to me. It usually went hand in hand with surviving on a sheckle or two a day, along with washing and relieving yourself in . . . more

Shine

acadia national park, adirondak mountains & more, USA - jeffmores: 2003-06-20
The following is a journal of spontaneous writing I kept on a trip I took with family from the Midwest to the East Coast in May and June of 2003. We traveled in an RV across Indiana, Michigan, through Canada, Upstate New York, Massachusetts, Rhoad Island, . . . more

#7 - Tanzania, Kenya & Uganda

Tanzania, Kenya & Uganda, Multi-Country - wanderlust: 2003-12-11
"What, then, is a traveling mind-set?Receptivity might be said to be its chief characteristic. Receptive, we approach new places with humility. We carry with us no rigid ideas about what is or is not interesting. We irritate locals because we stand in traf . . . more

#6 - Malawi

Malawi, Malawi - wanderlust: 2003-11-03

Confused how I arrived in Malawi from Mozambique? A large number of people did not receive Wanderlust #5 - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. Click on http://wanderlust.on.journeyfile.com/ for economic lessons in hyperinflation, sinking Mokoros, and Bru . . . more

The Baha'i house

House, USA - chicago: 2003-10-25
The place that i have been to and liked is the Baha'i House Of Worship. it's a big temple in Chicago on the lake shore of Michigan. The Baha'i house is a sacred place that represents all religions, races, and the oneness of God and mankind. the building is . . . more

#5 - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia

Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia, Zimbabwe - wanderlust: 2003-10-14
# 5 Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia

THE PRACTICE OF SOULFUL TRAVEL IS TO DISCOVER THE OVERLAPPING POINT BETWEEN HISTORY AND EVERYDAY LIFE, THE WAY TO FIND THE ESSENCE OF EVERY PLACE, EVERY DAY: IN THE MARKETS, SMALL CHAPELS, OUT-OF-THE-WAY PARKS, . . . more

#3 - Garden Route

Garden Route, Multi-Country - wanderlust: 2003-08-12
TRAVEL DOES WHAT GOOD NOVELISTS ALSO DO TO THE LIFE OF EVERYDAY, PLACING IT LIKE A PICTURE IN ITS FRAME OR A GEM IN ITS SETTING, SO THAT THE INTRINSIC QUALITIES ARE MADE MORE CLEAR. TRAVEL DOES THIS WITH THE VERY STUFF THAT EVERYDAY LIFE IS MADE OF, GIVING . . . more

Tour de France

Lago D'Orta, France - jimbaffico: 2003-08-14
Lago D’Orta The cities, the noise, the traffic is far behind. The air here is strangely soft and pure. The serenity is palpable. The beauty of the place envelops you, outside and in. The near by mountains surrounding you are high and covered wit . . . more

#2 - Cape Town

Cape Town, Multi-Country - wanderlust: 2003-07-26
FOR AS LONG AS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WRITING ABOUT THEIR JOURNEYS, THEY HAVE BEEN TELLING TALES OF THE STRANGE AND THE WONDROUS, OF THE TEDIOUS AND THE ANNOYING, OF THE SIGNS OF PAST GRANDEUR, OF THE PETTY NUISANCES OF TRAVEL, OF THEIR ENCOUNTERS WITH DANGER, O . . . more

Sunburned Shoulders and the Hanoi Hilton

Hanoi, Vietnam - Kevin: 2003-07-12

It was my eighth and unfortunately last day in Vietnam. Within twenty-four hours, I would climb on board a plane and soon have to face the reality of work. My whirlwind visit to Northern Vietnam had been an exciting and memorable one, but my final . . . more

#1 - Wanderlust

Inspiration, Multi-Country - wanderlust: 2003-06-23
I have been living in Miami for the past 3 years and life has treated me well. I worked for a wireless technology company while traveling throughout Latin America, befriended people from all over the globe, became an avid kiteboarder, and for those who vi . . . more

A Walk in the Korean Woods

Bukansan National Park outside Seoul, South Korea - Kevin: 2003-06-08
It had been more than a month since I first landed at Incheon International Airport in Korea and moved to my new home in the city of Ilsan. Suffering from a mild case of culture shock I made a concerted effort to cope with the ever-present air pollution an . . . more

dombascian adventurer

new york, USA - marku: 2003-06-06
23.11.02 12.15 pm- Home
Well, nerves are starting to kick in. I'm packed, sacked, jacked and ready to go. Smashing Pumpkins are playing on the stereo, I'm triple checking everything in my mind, tickets-check, passport-check, underwear-check, podgy li . . . more

why torreon?!

city, South Africa - fuberu: 2003-05-04
while in the washroom at the disco in the slightly wealthier city of torreon in central mexico...a guy says something in spanish and i try to reply in my awkward spanish speaking ways...then he talks down to me in english and says its okay to speak english . . . more

Angkor The Great !

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia - trippyjack: 2003-04-23
Eventually, after having spent many months,travelling through Cambodia, I came across the enchanting ancient city of Angkor. To absorb the magical atmosphere of this wonderous place, is to truely glimpse an image of the divine. If you find yourself in Asia . . . more

Tango

Buenos Aires, Argentina - jimbaffico: 2003-04-10
Tango in Buenos Aires Tango music appeals to me. I’m not sure I really know why; I just like it. I have a basic emotional response to the drama of the music and to the beauty of the melody. I occasionally buy tango recordings and go to see tango . . . more

Occidental Allegro

Papguayo, Costa Rica - michellebishop: 2003-04-04
Yes this hotel is an all inclusive with a nice panoramic view of the gulf of Papaguayo. There is a brand new road and is still under going road construction. The hotel was very comfortable although they didnt give us a remote control and our airconditioner . . . more

Everything enhanced

San Jose, Costa Rica - michellebishop: 2003-04-02
Costa Rica what a wonderful destination. Coming from a travel agent i have sold and see alot of destinations but this on leaves me with a life changing experience. If you are planning on taking a trip to Costa Rica it is a definate must for all nature love . . . more

Yucatan Peninsula

Cancun, Mexico - michellebishop: 2002-12-06
Did you know that the best time to go to Cancun is in January and February. This is because the sun is further away from the earth at this time of the year and the rainy season has passed. Less sunburn and less rain. Although there are periodic showers th . . . more

Return to London: Forty-Five Years Later

London, UK - Ricardo: 2002-11-24
After disembarking from the train at Paddington Station, and standing firmly on the walkway, I was a bit exhilarated at being back in London once again. Although a bit too warm to suit me, I took it all in stride. It was time to see how much change time . . . more

Train Travel, London Hotels

London, UK - jimbaffico: 2002-08-17
Train Travel We had decided to take the train to London. I like the travel variety that trains provide, as well as the ride. It’s really very pleasant and relaxed: a great way to see the countryside. Of course, one does have to get on the train fir . . . more

Golf in Scotland

Firth of Clyde and the Firth of Forth, UK - jimbaffico: 2002-08-17
Golf in Scotland My wife and I both grew up playing golf, and in my case a lot of golf. I spent the better part of my younger years in San Francisco hitting countless bags of balls on the “practice course” at Harding Park, playing twenty-five cent . . . more

From Seville to Amsterdam. One man's story.

All Around, Multi-Country - dan: 2000-04-24
After I left my dingy rat hole of an apartment (which was still pretty good, since it was in Andalusia), I got the train to Algeciras. I asked to go to Gibraltar, was given a ticket to Algeciras, caught the train for a few hours and wondered what to do ne . . . more

Kuwait fun

Kuwait, Kuwait - Joel: 2002-02-10
Population of Kuwait is 2 million but only about 800,000 of that number are Kuwaiti, the rest are expats. There is a American presence in the south of the country, but they keep it low profile.

The local currenty is Kuwaiti Dinar and Fils (1000 f . . . more

Island Hopping

Lantau Island, Hong Kong - billthepainter: 2001-01-01
Woke up last night to the overwhelming scent of urine. I think it's in the bed... There are little cockroaches in my little bathroom. One was on my arm this morning. I flung myself out of the shower and did a little panic dance, brushing at mysel . . . more

Shinanigans in Mexico

Mazatlan, Los Mochis, Creel, Mexico - creelmochis: 2000-05-20
**** there are some good stories in here regarding travel in mexico, particularily in the Western and north-central areas. it is definatley worth a skim over.*****

Prologue

This isn't a tale of epic proportions, or of a life-changing jou . . . more

Isla Chiloe, Lakes and Volcanoes

Chiloe, Chile - CarolynandOllie: 2001-02-27
Hello!


It has been a while, but we have been busy wandering around the Lakes district of Chile. We took a trip down to the Island of Chiloe to hike through some coastal rainforest along some sandy beaches, and taste some (really!) fresh shel . . . more

A warm day in Austria

Salzburg, Austria - KimnBensEuropetrip2000: 2000-05-09
We enjoyed the chat with the Mantzs the other day in Venice. It was great to talk for so long for so little. We had hoped to have another chat now but the system is cooperating so the update will have to do for now. Hope more of you can join us later fo . . . more

ROME!

Roma, Italia, Italy - KimnBensEuropetrip2000: 2000-05-04
After writing from a harbor-side cafe we went up to Monte Carlo, where the casino is on the hill over Monaco city. After many days of walking and walking with or without our packs we got tired and finally it hit us. We were both tired and grumpy but luck . . . more

Monkeys and traffic

Simla, India - dave: 1993-10-01

The bus let me off in Simla.

Simla is a lot like a Swiss mountain village, except for all the monkeys. It is up in the mountains and surrounded by evergreen trees, lind of like home (Vancouver, Canada), and the best part is that it is NOT HO . . . more

Plan Update #5 (J): South America

Krakow, Poland - theplan: 1999-06-22
Jonathan Travel Update # 5--The Rest of South America

OK, finally. I'm back! No I haven't plummeted to my death from the
world's highest bungee jump, been trampled by hippopotami, been
indefinitely detained by Israeli security forces, cur . . . more

My journey through Andalucia, Spain and Tangier

All Around, Multi-Country - elpasha: 1999-06-01
This is my personal journal of my experiences in Spain.

In March of 1999 I traveled to Europe where I visited Spain & Morocco to see the land of my Sephardic ancestors. I visited Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Granada, the Costa Del Sol, Gibraltar, T . . . more

Beautiful and tasty Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - azukerman: 1999-06-26
I arrived to Kyrgyzstan in August when the great weather is just crawling in to stay for a period of about three months.
I actually arrived to Ala-Mata Kazakstan with LH from Frankfurt and then by car for about four hours arrived to Bishkek, Kyrgizstan . . . more

Plan Update #4 (Bryan Version)

La Paz, Bolivia - theplan: 1999-02-01
Hello all and greetings from Bolivia--

There may be a bit of redundency here, since Jonathan may also be
sending along an update of his own--but since we had a bit of time
apart
(as well as having different experiences together), I t . . . more

Travel Update #4 (Bryan Version)

La Paz, Bolivia - theplan: 1999-02-08
Hello all and greetings from Bolivia--

There may be a bit of redundency here, since Jonathan may also be
sending along an update of his own--but since we had a bit of time
apart
(as well as having different experiences together), I t . . . more

Plan Update #4 (Jonathan Version)

La Paz, Bolivia - theplan: 1999-02-09
Disclaimer: This update is from Jonathan; you might also receive one
from Bryan. You are under no obligation to read both.
Greetings from La Paz, Bolivia! The journey continues....
First, an update on our inquiry into the most pressing of al . . . more

Massage

Antigua, Guatemala - dave: 1999-01-07
The sign on the side of the sauna gave clear cartoon instructions: 10 minute sauna, cold shower, 10 minute sauna, cold shower, 10 minute sauna, massage, 10 minute sauna, shower, nuevo hombre (new man).
Well, I wanted to be a nuevo hombre, so I layed my . . . more

Plan Update #3

Quito, Ecuador - theplan: 1999-01-25
Hello everyone.....

I know it has been quite some time since we have last written, so you
are all probably wondering if the two gringos were killed by angry
gunmen in the mountains of Guatemala. No, you may all breathe a
collective si . . . more

Plan Update #2

Oaxaca, Mexico - theplan: 1998-11-06
Well, it has been about a week since our last travel update, and given
the unreliablity of my hotmail access and internet cafes, I thought
that
we would write while we had the chance to do so.

We are in Oaxaca (pronounced wo-hak-a, . . . more

Cambodia Trip report - An overview

overview, Cambodia - Andy: 1998-03-02
Touched by the film, The Killing Fields, the country's turbulent and violent past and the incredible stories of the survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide, I've recently returned from my fourth visit to Cambodia in as many years, spending a week apiece in S . . . more

To be a Nanny/Groom in Arcadia

Arcadia, Australia - natasha: 1998-11-12
I took the train out to hornsby (45 min north of Sydney) I was picked up by Kate is a brand new four door landcruiser and taken on a few errands before I was taken to her home in Arcadia. I am now a full time live in nanny to 5 children and I also look . . . more

Sick

Mexico City, Mexico - dave: 1998-12-05
It's inevitable. It was going to well. I was too healthy for too long. I knew I was getting a little too daring with the street food. Actually, this doesn't feel like food poisoning. I think it's some kind of flu complicated with the thick polution h . . . more

Bob Dylan and Hitler?

Morelia, Mexico - dave: 1998-11-29

I can't speak German, and my Spanish vocabulary is about 12 words so far. So, when I see a guy yelling that cetain way, into a microphone, to a pacard toting crowd, I am reminded of those pictures that always show of Hitler. Now, the party he was ru . . . more

I pooshed de button, and dropped my cookies.

Tiajuana to La Paz, Mexico - dave: 1998-11-17
"Blah blah blah blah" said this guy in military uniform. At least that is what is sounded like to me. I don't speak Spanish. So, I said the only Spanish words I know: "No Hablo Espaniol." He responed to me with "Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah bl . . . more

Mazatlan on a budget

Mazatlan, Mexico - dave: 1998-11-23
If you are ever in Mazatlan, run, don't walk, run away from the fancy hotels. Sure the beach is wonderful, the restaurants are beautiful, and the pools are warm and inviting. Okay, maybe just walk away, or rather stay a while and enjoy, if that's you cup . . . more

The dolphin was drunk

La Paz to Mazatlan, Mexico, Mexico - dave: 1998-11-23
The dolphin was drunk. It was wearing a silly hat, and just looking not looking totally sober. The dolphin was the logo of the cheezy night club aboard the boat and it was on the shirts of the wait staff. You see, the boat from La Paz to Mazatlan had . . . more


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