Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Our Nile Cruise

Starting in Cairo, we sailed to Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan.

Trouble at Sea: Our Red Sea Dive Trip in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, but Saudi Arabia is a very restrictive country to get into. That alone would have made the trip memorable...but then things went south and the Saudi Coast Guard and a hospital got involved.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Discovering Turkey

We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Snowboarding at Zell am See

Zell am See route map
For Thanksgiving, Kacey and I went down to the Austrian Alps to ski at Zell am See with a couple of friends. Actually, we went with another couple that I currently work with (and knew of while I was in Korea); and it just so happened that we ran into a second couple that I had also worked with in Korea. Small world.

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At the lodge, we all played Scrabble one night, and it was probably the only time I've been in a game that grew towards all four corners.
Highly Competitive Scrabble: I got a lot of heat for laying down "Vizier"
Kacey and I have been practicing our snowboarding skills at the indoor snow park Snowworld in Landgraaf, Netherlands...but come on. The Netherlands are flat. Famously so. And the Alps are, by definition, mountains. And being pretty much native Floridians, our time on actual slopes is very small. But we were prepared: helmets, kneepads, and lots of padding.
It's like falling into a postcard, only colder.
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Brugge (Bruges)

Ah, Brugge. Kacey and I agree that this is one of our favorite little towns in Europe.

Our favorite places are:
Bistro Den Huzaar
Galler Chocolatier












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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Budapest

The weekend getaway to Budapest was a blast.

We walked around the downtown on the 9th.

Took a dip in the Szechenyi Thermal Baths on the 10th. I decided to go outside my comfort zone and wear a swimsuit about the size of the one Daniel Craig wore in Casino Royale. And it's a good thing I did, as I think I rocked them and because all the locals were dressed the same. Interestingly, you could spot the Americans immediately because they were wearing enormous boardshorts that caused more people to stare at them for appearing to be too prudish.
























On the 11th, we tried to tour the Parliament building, but were the first people in line to not make it in for the day's quota. So we crossed the bridge and it began to snow as we walked around the bank overlooking the city. Very pretty.

The worst thing that happened this trip was a case of food poisoning. We were walking along in the cold, and I saw a little restaurant with some kielbasa on the outside grill that looked really good. I should have realized that something was amiss (but I was rather hungry and not thinking clearly) when the cashier took my sausage off the grill and popped it into the microwave. Ever heard the expression "Keep your hot food hot and your cold food cold" in regards to making sure you don't eat something that's gone bad? Well, I didn't heed this warning, and I ended up have a week long case of the worst food related sickness I've ever had and lost several pounds in the process. I won't be repeating that mistake. TOP:

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