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Auf Wiedersehen, Deutschland!

In the flurry of activity over the last few weeks, we haven’t written very much on our blog. I just wanted to give you a quick update on what’s going on around here. For those of you who don’t yet know, Brian and I have officially (and sadly) moved out of Freiburg. We spent an…

Climbing Caracol

One of my favorite day trips from San Ignacio was to the Mayan ruins of Caracol, an archaeological site located in the Cayo District of Belize. Caracol means “snail shell,” which represents the access road to the area. Yes, it was exactly what it sounds like – nearly 3 hours of unpaved (save for the…

Feeding Wildlife in Belize

Heading into the jungles of Central America can mean coming face to face with danger at every turn. Think apocalyptic thunderstorms and basketball-sized hail. Think Central American drug lords and their cronies. Think jaguars, piranhas, and man-eating crocodiles. We did all of that, except the thunderstorms were replaced by sunshine. And the drug lords turned out…

Our Belizean Itinerary

We recently got back from an amazing 2-week trip to Belize with my family and we’re just now settling back in and getting over the jet lag. In fact, as I write this, I’m battling with the prospect of taking a nap because I really need to stop going to bed at 2 a.m. (Update:…

Awesome Hostels We’ve Stayed In

This will be a 2-part series about good and bad hostels we’ve stayed in around the world. Since I like to start with good news, the first part will discuss the good, the great, and the awesome places we’ve slept! The second part, well, you’ll have to read about that later. For me, some of…

A Weekend in Switzerland

You know how when people tell you about “the most beautiful place” they’ve ever been, you normally nod and smile and respond with “oh, wow, sounds amazing!” But really, you have no idea what they’re talking about nor how to possibly picture it in your head to be more beautiful than the most beautiful place…

Floors of the Hermitage

During our whirlwind, 12-hour tour of St. Petersburg, we spent about two and a half hours in the Hermitage, one of the world’s most famous museums, or so they tell me. To be completely honest, I’m not a museum person, preferring to be outside learning my way through any newly visited city. That, coupled with the…

Our Self-Guided Walking Tour of Tallinn, Estonia

On our recent tour of Scandinavia, we spent a day in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. I’m not going to pretend like I knew what the capital of Estonia was (much less where Estonia was) before this cruise was booked. In fact, and this is pretty embarrassing but we’re all friends here, the only reason I…