July 29, 2013

Minimizing Baggage Fees on Discount Carriers

Many hard-core backpackers, those that have been on the road for several years already, will simply say travel light and pack small so your backpack can be carried on the plane. Easier said than done. The maximum carry on size backpack for most airlines is 40 liters (45L also has a good chance of success). […]

July 24, 2013

Pricey Big Macs and a Controversy over Immigration in Oslo, Norway

After Reykjavik, Oslo seems a proper city. Reykjavik didn’t even have a bloody McDonalds, not that I like Mickey D’s, but it’s an indication that it’s not a large market. We paid $16 for a Big Mac meal in Oslo so you know it’s an expensive town. But then Norway is one of the richest […]

July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday America, but who are you?

We’ve been pretty bad about posting to our blog lately and must apologize, but it’s because we’ve been moving through the US and Western Europe very quickly to save money, and by the time we get back to the hotel neither of us is in the mood for serious reflection or thinking. In May and […]

June 21, 2013

Land of Fire and Ice – Reykjavic, Iceland

This island of volcanoes and glaciers struck me as different from the beginning, so I went over the list of countries we’d already been to and confirmed it was the smallest country by population we had ever visited (not counting Monaco, Vatican City or any territories). Also more than half of Icelanders believe in elves […]

June 14, 2013

No turning back now!

If it didn’t hit us before when we left for the US road trip, it’s definitely hit us now! We’re really doing this and it fills us with both excitement and anxiety (more Mustafa). We downsized from a four bedroom house to a car 7 weeks back, and now we’ve further downsized our life so […]

May 5, 2013

Memphis, TN

Named for the city of Memphis in Ancient Egypt, Memphis, TN took us three hours to drive to from Nashville. Despite being even further South than Nashville, I got the sense Memphis had better racial integration. Both cities are roughly the same size (between 600k-700k population) and are rich in musical heritage. We did 3 […]

May 4, 2013

Nashville, TN

In Nashville, I was finally able to pop the cherry on my 100 strangers project with an especially interesting stranger #1 (if he is to be believed). Nashville is called “The Music City” and for country music it definitely is (The Grand Ole Opry is here), but I think it’s significance for popular music has […]

May 3, 2013

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

Colleen called Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge “Hillbilly Vegas” and I think that’s pretty spot on. Dollywood is here! Dinner shows on the Pigeon Forge strip include Hatfields & McCoys, Lumberjack Feud, Dixie Stampede and Biblical Times. They even have a massive Titanic museum in the shape of the ship, because as we all know the Titanic sank […]

May 2, 2013

Asheville, North Carolina – First Stop on the US Roadtrip


After a 7 hour drive from Washington, DC – we arrived in Asheville, NC yesterday evening – our first stop on the road trip.  Asheville is a hip, bohemian town nestled among Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina with about 85,000 residents. One of the primary reasons we visited here was to see the […]

April 30, 2013

Hitting the Road

Having bid ailing Pablo farewell and get well soon, we set off towards Dulles airport to rent a capable steed to carry us across these United States. I held my breath hoping they’d have a Ford Fusion on the lot (because its front fascia resembles an Aston Martin) and they did! However, as we were […]

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