Sun sets on our travels!

January 28, 2020  •  2 Comments
This is our final blog for our tour around the world. We might post again after a vacation, but this wraps up our long-term journey. We left Portland end of June 2018 and have been traveling for 18 months. We visited 16 countries and about 70 cities. Looking back, we have seen a lot and it’s been an amazing experience. We are very glad we did it an...
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Sayonara Japan

December 29, 2019  •  2 Comments
Before we left Osaka for our trip to the Hiroshima Prefecture, Florence put us in contact with a friend of hers, Kazuko, who lives in Osaka. We stayed in touch via email and got together the first day we got back to Osaka. We learned a great deal from Kazuko and really appreciated how she took us under her wings and introduced us to unique Japanese...
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Along the Seto Inland Sea, Japan

December 06, 2019  •  6 Comments
From Osaka, we took the Shinkansen train 1.5 hours west to Mihara and then the local train along the coast to Tadanoumi, a very small quaint coastal town by the Seto Inland Sea. We walked around the entire town in about an hour. It was nice to see what a small town by the coast was like and we used Tadanoumi as our base for several day trips. On ou...
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Osaka, Japan

November 19, 2019  •  5 Comments
We arrived in Osaka, Japan, mid-September. Just in time when the temperature and humidly was at a comfortable level and it was pleasant to be outside in short sleeve. We both had been in Japan before, but it was our first time in Osaka. We immediately liked the city and noticed how different it felt from Tokyo. People seemed more relaxed, the atmos...
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A week in Taiwan

October 15, 2019  •  2 Comments
We arrived in Taipei, Taiwan on the 10 th of September and stayed exactly a week. The next day, we took the High-Speed Rail (HSR) to Tainan where the headquarter of the company that Soren used to work for is located. From Taipei, it takes about two hours on the high-speed rail which travels at speeds up to 300 km per hour. In Tainan, we went to the...
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Vietnam - Hanoi & Tam Coc

September 24, 2019  •  2 Comments
From Chiang Mai, Thailand, we took a direct flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. The climate between the two places were about the same: hot, humid and rainy. It was the first time for both of us to visit Vietnam. We did not know what to expect but expected some similarities to Thailand. The immediate observation was that it’s louder, more crowded and more ch...
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Thailand, the land of smiles

August 26, 2019  •  4 Comments
We arrived in Thailand end of July during rainy season. Not our first choice but we had to leave the European Union and we decided to go east. Summertime in most of Asia is pretty much hot, humid and rainy. We chose Thailand because we found the best direct flight and we wanted to go Scuba Diving. Apart from the necessary vaccination and safety pre...
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Midsummer in Sweden

August 06, 2019  •  3 Comments
One thing we have been trying to do during our around-the-world trip is to take the time and spend it with the family. While in Europe, some of our original plans changed but we made the best of it. One, not getting the visa extension as we had hoped. Two, not going camping due to colder and wetter late spring and early summer. We spend nearly 8 we...
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Buenos Bergen, Norway

July 16, 2019  •  6 Comments
While we were in Buenos Aires, Vanessa had the pleasure of meeting Dag a fellow tango dancer from Bergen, Norway. At the time, he told her about a tango event in Bergen starting late June. As we talked about our ideas, we thought it would be a good place for a stop on our planned Nordic road trip. We would then also visit our common friend Boris in...
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Baustelle & Stau - Road Trip to Germany

June 23, 2019  •  2 Comments
Once you are in the south of Denmark, getting to Germany is just a few hours away or so we thought. The map estimated an eight-hour drive to our destination to Lahn-Dill-Kreis district in the state of Hessen. The minutes become hours as we reached another Baustelle = road construction followed by Stau= traffic jam. As soon as we were through one, g...
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Denmark

June 08, 2019  •  3 Comments
After a couple weeks in London full of fun activities, we came to Sweden’s countryside and enjoyed some down time with Soren’s parents. Two weeks later, mid-May, we borrowed the car and made the drive down to Denmark. It took us 11 hours on the road to reach our destination. The drive was beautiful, and we saw many fields of rapeseed blooming with...
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Spring in London

June 01, 2019  •  2 Comments
After two weeks in Houston visiting with family & friends, taking care of appointments and taxes, we were ready for the next adventure. We are extremely grateful to our friends who invited us to stay with them in London. This is our third time visiting and we still find more things to see and explore. After a day of exploring, it’s wonderful to com...
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Goodbye South America

May 01, 2019  •  1 Comment
After Puerto Iguazu, we spend another week in Buenos Aires before catching our flight back to Houston. Our last few days before leaving South America after nearly 3 months. We enjoyed being back in the capital and saw a few things that we did not see in January. We did two walking tours. One through Recoleta where we saw many beautiful historica...
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Iguazu Falls

April 07, 2019  •  8 Comments
One thing we did not mention in our last blog post, all the trees in Mendoza were brought in from different parts of the world. As the region is a desert, there are few native trees. After our visit in the man-made green city, we took a flight to Puerto Iguazu to see what nature created. The City of Puerto Iguazu has a population of about 82,000...
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Mendoza

March 31, 2019  •  1 Comment
The best way to get to Mendoza from Santiago de Chile if you have enough time is taking the 8-hour bus ride over the Andes Mountain. The mountain range is the longest in the world and the highest outside Asia. As the bus slowly made its way to the Inca pass the landscape changed to a dessert but a stunning one. The mountains have different colors f...
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