Great American Western Road Trip: Summer 2018

4 weeks, 3 kids, 1 van, 16 different lodgings, 5400+ miles, 12+ National or State Parks and Monuments adds up to 1 Epic Adventure.

American Southwest Family Vacation 2017

We followed historic Route 66 on our way to see the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, plus much more in New Mexico and Arizona.

End of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Here are our stories from two and a half years of living in Saudi Arabia while exploring the region.

Excursions to Oman

On two different trips, we strolled Muscat, hiked Wadi Shab, and sailed a dhow through the fjords of Musandam.

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.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

My VW died on the Autobahn

One of the perks of living in Germany is commuting on the Autobahn. As I happen to drive a VW Jetta, I like to think that it's back home (even if it was built in Mexico). I got my car in Boston, learning how to drive a manual transmission just to get it out of the dealer's parking lot. I took it on trips to Montreal, and it traveled with me to Korea, where it sat idle for much of the time...but it did get to see the cherry blossoms. All told, it's been plated in Massachusetts, Florida, Korea, and Germany.
Memories: My navigator for my US Road Trip


Well, today, on the way home from work, my car had a critical failure. Apparently, the timing belt had decayed faster in Korea than the maintenance schedule expected. This had catastrophic results, with the auto shop's description of the damage in German:
"Motorschaden, Ventile haben auf die Kolben aufgesetzt!!!!" 
Yes, four exclamation marks after "Damage to the engine, valves are mounted on the piston!!!!"

Auf Weidersehen, mein treuer Reisebegleiter.

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