Author Name : Kristin

The Coolest Day Ever

HipposSerengeti

Sometimes you have those days that remind you exactly why you gave everything up to travel.  For me, one of those days was this past January 28th in Tanzania.  The day sure didn’t start off too well when I woke up, opened my bag and realized that my new camera was broken.  But the day immediately improved from there.  During our 4-month overland trip through Africa (Cairo to Cape Town), we o...


African Animal Encounters

GiraffesInField

    It didn’t take much for Bryan to convince me to go to Africa for five months.  The promise of animals was enough – even the idea of sleeping in a tent and infrequent showers didn’t deter me.  I’m just a little totally obsessed with animals - all kinds and any kind.  And let me tell you, our wildlife experiences in Africa did not disappoint even my highest expectations! ...


Happy Birthday to Me

Tomorrow I’ll be 31 years old.  31 sounds like a real, legit adult;  someone who has their stuff together and has responsibilities and accomplishes things.  But I’m unemployed, homeless, and sleeping in a camper in a different Walmart almost every night. If I’d looked in a crystal ball five or ten years ago and saw that’s where I’d be on my 31st birthday I think I would have lost i...


What You Really Want to Know . . .

  We’ve been back in the U.S. for a little over a month now.  We spent a fun (rainy) weekend at the Kentucky Derby, met up with friends in KY and Indiana, visited Ohio’s Amish Country, and we’re currently in Pittsburgh, PA.  The majority of the last month we spent catching up with family and friends and preparing for the “North America Leg” of our World Trip.  The more we talk...


Time Traveling to Ethiopia

MursiTribeFolk

Stepping Back in Time What images come to mind when you think about Ethiopia?  I’m ashamed to say that before this trip, when I thought of Ethiopia I immediately associated it with famine, starvation, and fast runners.  I never expected it to be such a diverse and fascinating place.  I can see why Ethiopia has so many fast runners and we did see plenty of poverty, but there’s so much mor...


AFRICA UPDATE #1 (Egypt and Sudan)

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It’s hard for me to believe that our “Cairo to Cape Town” Africa overland trip is more than half way over.  By this time, I thought I’d be pricing out plane tickets home from Nairobi to bail out.  No way.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I absolutely LOVE Africa.  It’s been one travel high after another; and one of the highlights of my thirty years.  It actually makes me s...


The Glitz and Glamour of Dubai

FerrariDubai

In many of the places we’ve visited (such as Romania and Georgia), it seems like we’ve gone back in time.  But Dubai is the first place we’ve been that seems like we traveled into the future.  Modern, futuristic skyscrapers tower above the city.  Manmade islands hug the white sand coast, shaped like giant palm trees and the world’s continents.  There are malls so grand that they make A...


Welcome to the Middle East: Turkey Time!

AtaturkPoster

Overall, I loved our three weeks in Turkey.  I don’t think there’s any place quite like it.  But there were some uncomfortable moments when I quickly realized that I was far from home and what I’m accustomed to.  The last three months in Europe have been a cake-walk.  Europe isn’t a big culture shock for travelers from the US. (the Euro-Trip is usually a good starting point for newbie ...


Beer, Brats, & Munch’s in Bavaria

FussenPano

  When I was a kid I lived in eight different places (my Dad was in the US Army for 30 years).  One place in particular was by far my family’s favorite – the mountain resort town of Garmisch, Germany (on the border of Austria).  So when it came time to picking a place for my parents to meet us during our World Travels, Garmisch was a no-brainer.  And the timing just happened to work...


Africa Anticipation

truckoasis

  Tonight will be the last time Bryan and I will be able to sleep in a bed for a very long time.  Tomorrow morning we leave Cairo and begin our four month Africa overland tour.  We will be sleeping in a tent and sleeping bags for the next four months. During our tour, we will travel south from Cairo all the way down to Cape Town, crossing through 13 different African countries (Egypt,...


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