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León, Nicaragua — City Tour and Volcano Boarding

This year, our summer excursions started with a two-week exploration of Nicaragua. Why Nicaragua? During our 2015/2016 world adventure, we completely avoided Central and South America. There was no particular reason for the avoidance other than we were tired after 7 months on the road and wanted to go home – we just didn’t make it there. After a year of rest, we decided it was time to hit the road and visit a new part of the world –...

A Return to Tent Rocks, New Mexico

Wherever we find ourselves in the world, we typically find a place to go for a hike and enjoy the beauty of the area. This was true some 20 years ago when my then boyfriend and I were in New Mexico for a conference. On one of the free days, we headed off into the New Mexico wilderness to see what we could find. I am not sure how we found out about the tent rock hike. I would guess that...

shuri castle

Stranded in a Japanese Parking Lot

One of our first adventures on the island of Okinawa was to Shuri Castle. Although it is unknown exactly when the castle was constructed, the castle was in use from 1322-1429 when it housed King Sho Hashi. The castle was burned down several times, captured by foreign Satsuma armies in 1609, and was subject to three days of shelling from the USS Mississippi during WWII before finally being captured by U.S. forces. After the war, the castle housed a university...

International Driver’s Permit — Do I Really Need One?

In preparing for our RTW trip, I decided to get an international driver’s permit. In all my research, an IDP was mentioned over and over as being important to have, although no one went into any great detail. Getting an IDP made me think I was like a secret agent and I would get a booklet of my driver’s license information translated into 15 different languages. I romanticized the whole thing really....