Posts by jonathan

Is this really the end?

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Around the World, Thoughts on Life | 5 comments

Is this really the end?

Yes‚ we’re home. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was around the world in 365 days. We wandered around the desert metropolis of Dubai and played in what could be the world’s best water park; we saw the ancient ruins of Petra, spent a night in the desert, rode camels, shared a sheesha with a rescue team, floated in the Dead Sea, dove in the Red, all in Jordan; we ate Turkish delight, saw the peaks of Cappodocia, descended into the world’s largest underground city, saw the eternal flames of Mount Olimpos, played backgammon, cruised the Mediterranean, surveyed the...

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Space, the final frontier

Posted by on May 27, 2009 in North America, United States | 1 comment

Space, the final frontier

We spent the last week of our trip in sweet, sweet civilization with my brother and his family at their home in Orlando, Florida, USA. And yes, one of the first things I did was have a Starbucks coffee. I know, I’ve sold out to our North American culture… our delicious, coffee-driven culture, but if there is one thing I’ve learned having been around the world, there are a lot of great things about North America and, in many ways, we are very lucky to live here. Allison and I had Florida all planned out. We would relax, kick back by the pool, and not do a thing. My...

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Would you like a mugging with that?

Posted by on May 23, 2009 in Brazil, South America | 0 comments

Would you like a mugging with that?

Last time we left you we had just crossed the border into Brazil at Foz do Iguaçu to take in a second helping of the gorgeous Iguazu Falls. That night, we hopped on an overnight bus that would take us to the massive city of Sao Paulo—a semi-cama bus (think airplane-style reclining seats), with no meals, no wine, no late night champagne, and no movies, all at a higher cost than the most luxurious bus we took in Argentina. Next time you get into a ‘my bus system is better than your bus system’ fight, side with Argentina. Seriously, we got into a few on our travels. It...

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The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted by on Mar 22, 2009 in Peru, South America | 3 comments

The Bad, and The Ugly

Ok, so “Peru was full of highlights”, “some of the most amazing sights that we have seen in our 307 days on the road”, etc. etc., but there is another side to Peru—a darker, frustrating side. What Allison failed to mention about the Amazon Basin is that everything there wants to either kill you or make you want to itch, a lot. Want to go for a relaxing swim to counter the oppressing daytime heat? Watch out for piranhas. Leisurely stroll through the jungle? Beware of the tree that shoots fire ants when you brush up against it. Relaxing in a hammock? Just be...

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A very expensive experience

Posted by on Feb 27, 2009 in Peru, South America, Thoughts on Life | 3 comments

A very expensive experience

Well, we’ve finally had the quintessential South American experience. We’ve been robbed. More accurately, we’ve been robbed twice. The first time was in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Foolishly thinking we were isolated from societal ills, we left one of our money belts buried deep in one of our bags in our room. After returning from dinner one evening, Allison asked me why I had taken out the passports. As soon as she finished that sentence, I knew. We were out 400 soles (about $160 CAD). Fortunately, the culprit did leave our passports (if you’re reading...

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