It’s amazing how all the excitement associated with starting a new travel adventure can be completely squashed by the airline industry. Whoever said “Getting there is half the fun” was definitely not talking about boarding commercial aircraft. Word to the wise: ALWAYS pack a spare set of underwear whenever you take a multi-stop international flight. (more…)
Disclaimer: The following post really has nothing to do with hiking, photography or the natural world, but its intent is to improve the quality of videos for future travels, so we hope you will allow us to indulge…
Do you ever find yourself innocently clicking on articles on the internet only to find yourself wondering what happened to the last eight hours of your life? Personally, I seem to fall down this rabbit hole more often than I care to admit, and this weekend I found myself victim to this bad habit once again. Here is what happened: (more…)
Sometimes a weekend away is the perfect remedy for the Chicago winter blues. Just the thought of spending a few days far from the icky grey skies that plague our … Continue reading California Dreamin’
Our last destination in Guatemala was the charming colonial town of Antigua. With the ominous Volcan Agua serving as a striking backdrop, Antigua feels like a modern-day Pompeii, enjoying an elevated level of prosperity before the eruption.
The main purpose for our visit to Xela was to join a 3-day trek in the Guatemalan Highlands from Xela to Lago de Atitlán. The trek was organized by Quetzaltrekkers, the only all volunteer-run trekking company in Guatemala. (more…)
We arrived in Xela (formally called Quetzaltenango) after a stomach-turning four-hour bus ride from Guate up into the western highlands of Guatemala. Although Xela is the second largest city in the country, the central part of town feels quite small. (more…)
Ancient Mayan temples set in the midst of a lush jungle . . . visiting a sacred site at the end of a 5000 year cycle . . . all … Continue reading Tikal: The Center of the Mayan World
Hello again! We apologize for the lengthy delay since our last post. Believe us, no one is more sorry about that than we are because it means that we have … Continue reading Guatemala City: First Impressions
After competing the Laugavegur trek, we caught a bus back from Þórsmörk to Reykjavík and spent an enjoyable day in the world’s most northerly capital city. We set up camp at the campground conveniently located just 2 kilometers from the city center and marveled at how busy it had become since our first experience there back in mid-June. An array of brightly-colored tents covered the campground’s three fields, making it feel like Reykjavík’s version of Occupy Iceland.
A steady stream of campers was constantly making use of the amenities (kitchen, hot showers, wifi, etc.), and there seemed to be a group of random travelers who chose to spend their time just hanging out in the common outdoor areas. We actually ran into several people that we had met at various times during our six weeks in Iceland—one even from as far back as our ferry to Flatey Island on day four of our trip—and figured that it was time for us to hit the road again.
Before leaving, we spent our last night devouring some much-missed ethnic food, strolling around the pleasant downtown area, visiting some of the interesting outdoor sculptures and enjoying a pint or two of Iceland’s best microbrews at the aptly named Micro Bar. We both agreed that Reykjavík is a fun city to hang out in, especially after spending so much time in tiny villages.
The 4-day Laugavegur Trek from Landmannalaugur to Þórsmörk is often listed among the world’s classic treks, so naturally it was on our must-do list for Iceland. (more…)