Travel posts.

On my way from Guadalajara to the famous Monarch Butterfly Reserves, I planned to spend two nights in a University town called Guanajuato. But, within minutes of arriving, fell in love with the town. It was so historic, walkable, and appealing that before the night was over I had found a local Spanish school, organized a homestay with a local family, and settled in for a two-week stay.


Having spent a month getting a head-start on my Spanish in Guatemala, and having then spent about two and a half months working at Creare and at Whistle, I decided that it was time to enjoy traveling for a while in a Spanish-speaking country. I considered Argentina or Chile to start with, since it would be summer there, but I ended up joining up with my friend Corina in Mexico. I’ve always felt interested in Mexico, […]

Western Mexico: P.V., San Pancho and Guadalajara

My 5 weeks of Spanish immersion in Guatemala are over. It was an amazing way to learn a new language. I’m certainly not fluent, and not even really conversational, but I do have a great base of Spanish that will make it much easier to travel in Latin America in the coming months.

Finishing my Spanish Immersion Courses in Antigua

It’s official: my bicycle trip across Europe has drawn to an end. It was an amazing trip through a beautiful part of the world. I’m glad I did it on a bicycle instead of on trains and busses, and I feel like it was a great use of a couple of months. I hope to do a final post with some conclusions about what it’s like to do a bike trip of that length, but […]

The Home Stretch: Slovakia, Paris (again!), and Hungary.

(Note: this entry covers travel up to around Sep. 13) While planning my trip, I was excited to begin my journey into Eastern Europe when I crossed the border from Germany to Austria. I’m not really sure why I thought that Austria was part of Eastern Europe. Maybe because there used to be an Austro-Hungarian Empire? I also thought that it used to be the center of the Ottoman Empire. Like most Americans Westerners People […]

Austria: Passua to Vienna

Germany. The land of pilsner, sausage, and lederhosen. What could it possibly hold for a tee-totaling vegetarian who tries to avoid wearing leather? I wasn’t sure what to expect in Germany, but it’s rapidly becoming one of my favorite countries. The beautiful high Rhine, the black forest, and the lively, clean, and safe down-towns have been great to experience. And, the Germans themselves have been absolutely awesome.

Bodensee to Rodenberg, Germany

Last night I crossed over from France to Switzerland. I was in France for around 1200km (740 miles), which is about a third of the length of Euro Velo 6. It took me about three and a half weeks to do it, but I sped up  as time went on. I now average about 90km a day. At that pace, it will take another 25 days of biking to finish, and it will take even […]

Au revoir, France! One country down, nine more to go.

Today I (Dee) am guest posting about my experience biking with Rob for the first two weeks of his trip! So far we’ve traveled from St. Nazaire to Amboise; we’re splurging and spending the night in a little bed and breakfast in Poce sur Cisse, France, which is a 4km bike ride from the main city. Today we plan to go into town to check out the chateau and Da Vinci’s last residence after a […]

The Day I Became A Real Cyclist

The bike trip is going strong. The scenery is beautiful, the path is well-signed and safe, and we are gorging ourselves on French cuisine. We are now 7 days in, which is nearing the halfway point of Dee’s visit with me. We are starting to pick up speed as we get used to the bikes and as we get better at managing our camping gear, and within a few days we should be in the […]

La Loire a Velo: St. Nazaire to Angers (France)

Paris My four days in Paris have been wonderful-I’ve been impressed by the city and by the French in just about every way. The good parts were just as good as expected: the food, the tourist sights, and well-dressed Parisians. And, the bad parts didn’t really materialize.

Paris and Versailles