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    Our Route


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    Massive Road Trip starting from Vancouver (Alex’s Mom) to Olympia (Aunt Ilene) and down to my grandparents in Las Vegas. After Vegas we’ll head across the southwest along I-40 and hit pieces of the old Route 66 along the way.

    Current Location: Munster, IN

     

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    The Prize

    Every week on Flickr, Lonely Planet has a photo contest where the prize is a free guidebook. I voted in a few contests, then finally entered one when I thought I had a worthy shot. Somehow my entry in the “Machines” contest got enough votes to win! Since then I’ve entered every contest and barely got 2 or 3 votes. Oh well – beginners luck.

     

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    Merapi Evacuation

    Last May we spent a week visiting Yogyakarta in Indonesia. On the second day, while strolling through the bird market we met Bowo (a nickname from Wibowo, his last name) who became our guide to Yogyakarta and Indonesian culture for the rest of the week. We went to his village outside the city, met his parents and wife and learned things about Indonesia we never would have on our own.

     

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    Travel Photo – Nicosia

    Buyuk Han. A ‘Han’ is an old travelers inn, this one was built in the 1500s and restored in the 80′s. Today it stands in the Turkish part of Nicosia and has small shops, galleries, and a cafe downstairs.

     

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    Travel Photo – Hoi An


    Shophouses line the Hoi An riverside at night. Once temperatures cool off, the restaurants fill with tourists coming back from the beaches and tailors.

     

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    Driving with Gigi

    Two weeks ago, my shame reached an upper limit. I’ve been driving since 16 and still never learned a manual transmission. Later this month, we’re planning a road trip of Romania,and I needed to learn for two reasons

     

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    Can Cau Market

    Each Saturday, in the remote north of Vietnam, the Flower H’mong tribe travel from surrounding hills for the weekly market. The area is just 9km from the Chinese border with green slopes of rice paddies and corn rows spilling downwards from the hilltop market.

     

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    Jungles & Tea

    By 9 AM the heat was already suffocating. We came down from the cool elevation of Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands to find a trail leading into the jungle. To reach the trail, we went off-road in a Land Rover up the side of a large hill.

     

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    Luxury Break-In

    “Many of the best [beaches] are inside luxury resorts and are inaccessible to nonguests” is how Lonely Planet Malaysia describes the island of Langkawi. We already tired of hearing jet-skis and reggae bars. It didn’t seem right that the islands best beaches were off limits.

     

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    Scenes From Singapore

    After our flight from the US, we stayed a few weeks in Singapore with our friends Bogdan and Cristina. Alex posted a bunch of photos from the Singapore Botanical Gardens , but there’s a couple more things worth sharing.