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The Route Map

So after working on this for a while I finally finished my detailed route map of the places I’ve traveled thus far in 15 months.  If you want more info like names of cities, routes  and even a short explanations zoom in and click on the pins and lines.

Google map engine cannot be embed on WordPress as of yet so here is the link:

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zgndsApmuZ3w.kOwjoWCpYmZU

Cheers!

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RECAP!!!!!

Croatia hostel

After a big hiatus from blogging, I’m back! As I type this, I’m currently outside  Split, Croatia, staying at a hostel alongside the Adriatic Sea.    A lot has happened in the last 3 months since hiking the Annapurna circuit in Nepal! Hopefully in this long recap post I’ll capture all the highlights!

The best superman pose I could muster!!!

The Annapurna Circuit trek is one of my top ten greatest adventures of the trip so far.    Twenty days of hiking through some of the most beautiful, jaw dropping scenery that I have ever seen in my entire life.

After Nepal, the pace picked up with two short layovers in Dubai, UAE and Frankfurt, Germany.  Dubai being the most money I have ever spent in one day on the trip and Frankfort/Mainz  being the most beer and pretzels I have consumed in one day on the trip…or ever for that matter!   Next stop was Istanbul, a city I have dreamed of my entire life.  The place is oozing with history.  Oh how I wish the beautiful mosques and towering ancient city walls could talk for they have seen wars, crusades, the lives and deaths of kings and sultans, and empires rise and fall.    Definitely a city I will make it back to!  From Istanbul I traveled by bus around the coast ,hitting places like Ephesus, Kas, Antalya and Cappadocia (to see the crazy swiss cheese fairy tale rock houses).

From Turkey, I took a bus over to Greece and worked my way north to south, starting in Thessalonike, a charming cosmopolitan city on the sea.  Next, I cruised south down the coast by train to visit the Gods on the top of Mt. Olympus before ending up in Athens and Delphi to explore the wonders of ancient Greece.

The original plan was to head to Egypt from Greece, but all hell was breaking loose there so I scooted off to Jordan to check out two things: Petra and The Dead Sea.    Petra is one of the ‘7 new wonders of the world’. I could totally see why as I roamed through the desert mountain gorges, casting my eyes on a mix of Hellenistic and ancient eastern structures carved into solid rock of the canyon walls.  The Dead Sea was just plain fun!  With 33.7% salinity, you could float around on your back as if you had an air mattress under you,  bob up and down like a fishing bobber on the surface, and try to awkwardly swim on your belly as your body is to far out of the water.  Good times!

At this point my friend Dawn was just finishing up her travels in Greece and was going to spend her last two weeks of her travels in her family’s homeland of Italy.  After some intense flight searching, I found a cheap flight to Italy and met her in Rome for a week!   I didn’t sightsee too much as I’m going to meet my mom there for two weeks soon, but what I did see blew me away.  Every time you turned a corner there was some type of tasty visual treat.  Amazing carved fountains, charming cobblestones streets lined with cafes and Gelato shops, stunning domed churches, and STATUES!  No other place in the world have I seen the such beautifully carved statues that look so life-like.

From Rome the rail took me to Venice, a city built entirely on water.  If I had two words to describe it, I would say Romantic and Magical.   No other city in the world is like Venice with its gondola filled canals, small maze like streets and beautiful architecture. The city was just enchanting and alluring; one day did not do it any justice.

Back on the rails again as I headed to Slovenia, the number one biggest surprise country of the trip so far.  For a country that is slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey, it has soooo much to offer. Mountains, castles, lovely clear lakes, breathtaking views, and super friendly locals…. I could go on forever, but you will have to wait for the dedicated post :).

Last but not least, I caught a train from Slovenia to Croatia, the country of my blood heritage, which has been an amazing and very special experience.  Croatia is known as the land of 1000 islands and has only recently in the past 10 years  become a hotspot for European and world travelers.    While touring around, I swam in the  gorgeous clear blue water of the Adriatic, stayed in small little cozy towns on the sea snuggled up against coastal mountains, and explored some the countries beautiful islands. The biggest treat here was being able to visit my family’s hometown of Mrkopalj, a small town nestled in the mountains near the port city Rijeka.    I really felt a very strong connection with this country and the people.  I could honestly say I would feel totally at home if I ever moved here.

mom and me

When I started typing this post I was in Split, Croatia, but as I finish it I’m sitting in an apartment in Rome, awaiting the arrival of my mother tomorrow morning.  My mom (age 74) decided to meet me in Italy for her first trip over the pond and first time out of the country (excluding Canada).  We have one week in Rome and one week in Florence, with side trips to Pisa and Sienna. Should be a trip of a lifetime for both of us!!!

Cheers!!!

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I’m back!

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I’m back and currently in Te Anau, New Zealand resting my poor feet after tackling part of the Kepler trek. I’ve officially come to the conclusion that I’m not that good at keeping up with my blog while Backpacking and having fun ,ha. However, I’m rolling solo for the rest of the trip and traveling a bit slower so I’m going to crack down and start writing every spare minute I get.  My story needs told.

Starting now my plan for the blog will be to drop posts about New Zealand while ever so often posting about my past travels in Central/South America, and Antarctica.  I feel that when my experiences are fresh in my mind you will get more out of each post.  Also if I have time I’m going to do some flashback posts of my travels in USA for fun.

Stay tuned!

Cheers

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Leaving Central America

So tomorrow I’m leaving Panama City, Panama for Quito, Ecuador.  It’s hard to believe I’m done with Central America. Time is flying so fast!  On the trip thus far I have been totally enjoying myself, so much that I’ve been slacking off writing in my blog.  I’m going to try to catch up by letting my pics do most of the talking in the next few posts.

Cheers!

Crossing the Border of Honduras/Nicaragua in a Tuk-Tuk.

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Made it!

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I made it to El Salvador!  Going to make this a short post being internet is limited and slow.  Left on Sunday and landed in El Salvador around 2:30 pm.  Eventually made my way to the organic farm to meet up with Dawn via taxi and a very friendly local named Mario.  After staying one night on the farm we decided to do some camping/hiking and chicken bused to a hostel next to the beach in El Zonte on Tuesday.  Saturday we will be making our way towards the Mayan ruins of Copan.

El Salvador has pleasantly surprised me in the short time I have been here which I will embellish more on when I have a little more time and better Internet access.  Adios!

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WHY?

What would compel someone to quit a high paying  job,  sell everything he has (minus the harley,ha) and leave his beloved home to travel the world for a year?????

The answer is actually quite simply and is explained by the three word phrase that all of us have heard many times…………LIFE… IS.. SHORT. Most of us like to avoid thinking about this. We like to avoid the fact tomorrow could be our last day on this earth but by avoiding this simple little phrase we start to think we have ample time to carry out our goals and dreams. We start making excuses to put off taking that trip to Hawaii or writing that book we always wanted to or planning that fishing trip with Dad. Years start to fly by we lose the funds for the Hawaii trip,  the idea’s fade for that book,  Dad passes away and  we start living a life of regret…. living a life of “I wish I could have….”

I’ve always tried to live my life-like there is no tomorrow but on a smaller scale. Only chasing the dreams that are just outside my comfort zone. Last year the decision was made to leave this comfort zone completely never to look back and to become a nomadic wanderer and travel on a long-term basis. It’s time to start fully embracing that life really IS short and I must follow my hopes, dreams, and passions to live a life worth living.

Cheers!!!

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The First Step

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”  Lao-tzu

Today I turned in my resignation letter at work and thus begins the first step of my journey that will take me to far away lands around the world for 1 year plus. I have created this site to chronicle my travels and exploits as I fly, walk, bike, bus, my way from country to country on all 7 continents.  In the next couple blogs I will begin to explain the big question that everyone asks………WHY.

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