Day: December 21, 2016

Asia | India – arrived in puri

i have now arrived and settled in Puri on the eastern coast of india, after a 12 hour overnight train ride from calcutta. have found a very good hotel (gandhara on c.t. road)where i have decided to go upmarket. for …

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Central America | Mexico – days of the week

when i was young(er), before drugs and internet-enhanced ADD, i used to be able to memorize things with the bat of an eyelash – i was queen in bible school, a literal walking new testament (yes, frightening i know). spelling …

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Antarctica – Polar Plunge

Sunday again. Decided to hike the Armitage Loop which is a loop on the sea ice from McMurdo Station to Scott Base, the New Zealand station. It is only a couple miles but has amazing views of the mountains and …

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Europe | Netherlands | Amsterdam – A Cast of Characters

Even though I was bumped from US Airways to Continental thanks to a delayed flight, I managed to get a window seat and have the only spare seat on the plane in between me and my seat mate. We felt …

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Europe | Czech Republic | Prague – A Birthday Czech

I heard the warnings: Prague will be swarming with Americans they said. They tried to convince me to go elsewhere, but the pulse of Prague has kept me awake at nights off and on for the last five or so …

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Asia | India | Indian Himalayas | West Bengal | Calcutta – calcutta’s disneyland ????

i was told it was calcutta’s disneyland, so off i went to nicco park to see for myself. it is certainly no disneyland , but there is one rollercoaster thats scarey and that is only because it feels so unsafe, …

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Asia | China – heading down the Yangtze

April 10, 2003

Cab driver dropped me, Coral & Marian nowhere near the docks. As we were trying to make our way down we were told by local ‘porters’ we were going the wrong way. As we tried to follow …

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Australasia | Australia | Queensland | Wet Tropics | Port Douglas – Tropical North Queensland

Have done loads since our last diary page – too busy to write! Spent a couple of days on North Stradbroke Island; the 2nd largest sand island in the world (after Fraser Island, which we are planning to visit on …

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Asia | China – More Adventures in Beijing

April 6, 2003

Started out this morning at 9 to go to Tianemen Square. Not that’s impressive. Ope air space between Mao’s Mausoleum and Parliament building. Meant to hold 1 million people for speeches, etc. Again, we were the tourist …

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Europe | Germany | Berlin – Language barriers and walls

I arrived in Berlin last night after a six hour train ride from Amsterdam. There are two things to be said about riding the rails in the off season: first, you do not need to worry about reservations nor that …

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