Llangollen, Wales

Llangollen, Wales

We had a great time recently when we spent a week in Llangollen, Wales. First, let’s get pronunciation out of the way. Welsh is a notoriously difficult language for the non-Welsh to pronounce. Llangollen is pronounced something along the lines of “thlan-goth-len.” The “ll”is more of a “thl”sound, and then there is this extra sort […]

Hove Huts

Hove Huts

I went out for a walk this morning while it was sunny, and spent some time listening to the waves on the seafront in Hove, England. Hove is on the south coast of England on the English Channel, and is just west of Brighton. My walk started with going downstairs in this old elevator. Our […]

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

On the day before we left Edinburgh, we visited the castle. We had seen it many times from many different viewpoints in Edinburgh, but it took us 3 weeks to actually go inside and visit. I’m glad we waited, because I learned in that time that my friend Linda has a family connection to the […]

Which Bus Number?

Which Bus Number?

We spend a lot of time online researching things. What city to go to next, what is the best airline and cheapest fare between two cities, and when we’re in a city, we use the internet to figure out what to do and the best way to get there. One morning in Edinburgh we had […]

Sunrise as we were descending into Reykjavik, Iceland on April 3, 2014.

Celebrating Six Months of Travel

  Darren and I shared a bottle of champagne the other night to celebrate six months of being on the road. When we left in early April of this year, I had one initial goal in mind. I wanted to stay healthy enough to travel for at least six months. Why six months? Well, it […]

Highland Games - Pitlochry, Scotland

Highland Games – Pitlochry, Scotland

Last weekend we took the train to Pitlochry, Scotland to see the Highland Games. We left from the Edinburgh train station. This is an interesting and beautiful glass ceiling above the waiting area at Edinburgh train station. The recreation ground where the games were held was a short walk from the Pitlochry train station, and […]

A Five Month Update

A Five Month Update

It is hard to believe that we left the US over 5 months ago! When we left, I wasn’t really sure how long I would be able to stay out here traveling. One of my goals was to make it to at least 6 months, as that was my longest trip (New Zealand & Australia […]

Busted on the Bus

Busted on the Bus

OK, just to clarify, we weren’t arrested. But a series of events led up to several slightly embarrassing moments on the bus. But first I have to take you back in time a bit. On one of our days in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, we headed south on the bus to the next town. It is […]

Things I Miss

Things I Miss

A few weeks ago in Italy I had quite a rough time emotionally with feeling blue and homesick. I am feeling much better, and yet after almost 5 months on the road, there are certainly things from my “old” life that I miss. I thought I’d gather that list together, list lover that I am, […]

Shopping at the REI in Seattle in early April just before leaving

Packing Light

We started on this trip in April on the Seattle to Reykjavik flight with just carry on baggage. For various reasons, we now check one bag on most flights. However, if needed, we could go back to just carry on baggage. Packing light is a frame of mind, and it can be a challenge. Here are […]