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.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Liechtenstein

Our return trip from Greece to Germany had us fly into Zurich, Switzerland and drive the rest of the way home. And since it's right there, we stopped into Liechtenstein for dinner. It's pretty much just like another part of Switzerland as far as we could tell.


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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hydra, Our first Greek Isle

We took a ferry out of Athens to Poros. It was very nice once we arrived.
The flag blends into the sky
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Athens

The city of Athens has two distinct time periods for construction: Amazing ruins and stuff that was built a couple of decades ago (that is rather ugly). Fortunately for you, we mostly took pictures of the former.
The Parthenon
The Barter-thon

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A mix of old and new 
In hindsight, we should have expected the place to look ruined.
Let's go up to the city on the hill, shall we?
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Olympus and Delphi

So, the Greeks are big on their "no posing" rule regarding their statues of ancient gods. This apparently extends to their ancient sites as well, as I was told that I couldn't pose at the starting line to the footrace area in the ancient home of the Olympics. But they told me this after I got a few shots off, so I hope you like them.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

This Is Sparta!

We drove through Sparta, totally hyped up to see the remnants of the legendary warrior culture.
RRR & Leonidas looking for 298 more Spartans
 As legendary as Sparta is as a culture, they weren't really known for their architectural pursuits. Which is why the present-day ruins of ancient Sparta look kind of like an abandoned camping ground.
This is Sparta!
That over there? That's Sparta, too.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Peloponnesus

Our drive from Athens to the bed and breakfast was rather uneventful. We did pass over the Corithian Canal, which is basically carved out of solid rock. It took a very long time to do that, so the least we could do was take a picture.


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Following the directions to the B&B, we started driving down increasingly smaller and narrower roads, until we were driving through some sort of vineyard/olive grove at dusk. But we found the place. And our reward was waking up to see this:


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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

Right after I finished with all of the in-processing requirements from my second deployment, I hopped on the train to Zurich to meet up with Kacey, her aunt and her cousin. They left a couple of days ago, since they didn't have paperwork to do. The plan was for them to pick me up at the Zurich train station and we'd all head to the hotel. Well, wouldn't you know it, I arrived at rush-hour and it was raining.
Zurich Station (Source)
We had coordinated where at the station they'd pick me up and they already had my bags (I packed them in the car before they left), but there wasn't really a "pick-up/drop-off" area to get me into the car. So, I ended up sheltering under an awning near a traffic light until I saw their car, then I dashed across the side walk, hopped the guard rail and poured myself into the seat before the light turned red. 

And away we went. It was a short drive to the hotel where we had arranged for a park-and-fly rate so we could leave our car there while we're down in Greece.
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Friday, June 06, 2008

Doha

Ok, so my second deployment was back to the same base I went with Deployment #1, but I didn't get to go on any fun trips while I was here. So mostly, these are my pics from day trips downtown to Doha.
USO Tour: Lewis Black, Robin Williams, Lance Armstrong, Kid Rock
and me (back row, over Lance's right shoulder)
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