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.

Thursday, November 05, 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

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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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