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Gap Year in Europe

Inverness: The Hunt for Nessie

Inverness and Northern Scotland have been on my mind since Aunt Joyce traced the Collie’s ancestry a few years ago. She traced our family tree all the way back to the 12, 13, and 1400s using acenstry.com. Her and Uncle Charlie have visited this area along with Aberdeen and Edinburgh many times to search for…Continue readingInverness: The Hunt for Nessie

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Gap Year in Europe

Iceland: 6 Days of Camping Along the Ring Road

Lizzie and I chose to visit Iceland as our first destination as a cheap way to get closer to Europe and also to experience one of the most remote landscapes on the planet. After our first pair of tickets were cancelled by WOW Airlines, we found relatively cheap tickets from Boston through Icelandic Air. And…Continue readingIceland: 6 Days of Camping Along the Ring Road

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Gap Year in Europe

Our Year Abroad: Breaking Free of the Rat Race

Hey there! Welcome back to my travel blog. I’ve been on hiatus for quite a while as I’ve been working a square job in Dallas, but the time is right in my life and relationship with my girlfriend to a take a year-long sabbatical. I really loved my job as a web developer and miss…Continue readingOur Year Abroad: Breaking Free of the Rat Race

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Diving in the Caribbean

The North Shore of St. Croix: My First Job as a PADI Dive Instructor

Here’s a small showcase of my latest adventure to the US Virgin Islands’ most southern member, St. Croix. Days are spent diving on the north shore wall or the west pier wrecks while nights are slow with plenty of rum and Presidente to drink at the few local bars near my house.  On my days…Continue readingThe North Shore of St. Croix: My First Job as a PADI Dive Instructor

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Exploring Africa

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park

3 days off from hiking Mount Elgon on the eastern border of Uganda, Joan and I  set out for the far western border in search of the mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  After a night in Kampala enjoying lobster and ice cream, we missed the only bus to Bwindi at 5:30am only to catch…Continue readingGorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park

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Exploring Africa

Hiking Sipi Falls and Mount Elgon

Located on the border of Uganda and Kenya, Mount Elgon’s summit sits at 4321 meters above sea level.  Joan and I took a 3 hours taxi from Jinja to Sipi River Lodge for a week to see the water falls and to hike the mountain.  Our hiking journey took 3 days and the other 2…Continue readingHiking Sipi Falls and Mount Elgon