Camino Family

How often do you know the exact condition of your friends’ feet? Well I do. Louise has three blisters on one big toe and a few on the rest. Dave has a couple of blisters that keep coming back because he always cuts the badges too small. Marg is blister free (and we hate her... Continue Reading →

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Life at Vrede Rust

“We’re going to build a publicly accessible bike terrace.” My mind immediately flipped to concrete and table saws and other things that I knew nothing about. Nice idea. But no way is this actually going to work. My doubts only increased when I heard that the plan was to build all the furniture ourselves from... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Vrede Rust

April 15-30 We couldn’t decide if we should bring anything or not. What are the social conventions for showing up at a stranger’s house with the intention of living there for two weeks? We made a last-minute decision. A plant. A plant is the appropriate gift. Better yet, make it an orange one to show... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Reasons to Get Out of Amsterdam

For most Euro-backpackers, Amsterdam is the only corner of the Netherlands they’ll ever see. Just ask the hostel crowd in Prague or Krakow and you'll hear something like this: “Amsterdam? Ya I think I was in Amsterdam. I took the train there, don’t really remember anything else.” Well I guess I am no different, because... Continue Reading →

The Sand Dune and the Sandwich

April 1 Vineyard, hot tub, boarder collie. It all sounded too good to be true. There had to be a catch. So when we pulled up to our Airbnb just outside of Bordeaux, I began a mental checklist. Vineyard: yes. Boarder collie: oooo he’s adorable. Guess I won’t see much of Jakob for the next... Continue Reading →

Introducing: Helena

February 22-26 If you asked me before we left which part of the trip I was most excited for, I probably told you: Greece. Sure enough, the country of epic poems and heroic legends has not disappointed. In every direction there is an ancient ruin, a turquoise sea, or a snow capped mountain. It seems... Continue Reading →

Project Icy Rust Bath

February 22 Our adventure in Greece began with a bottle of wine and a tub of tzatziki (as it probably should). Our Airbnb host was a Greek Orthodox priest, who evidently had no need for a corkscrew. Instead of doing the reasonable thing and walking down the street half a block to buy one, we... Continue Reading →

Istanbul: First Impressions

It was 11:30pm the night before our flight to Istanbul when we realized that we needed a visa to get into Turkey. We both flew into our own variations of panic. Jakob’s expressed as frustration and mine expressed with a grab for the computer and a controlling 'calm down, let me figure this out’ attitude.... Continue Reading →

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