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On this page, you will find all of my Blog Posts related to my trip plans for 2010.

 

Is there another pilgrimage on the horizon?

So now that my Camino de Santiago has been postponed to September 2014, now what!  And I was so ready to hit the Camino trail.  I even purchased my pack and everything.  I even decided what special token I was going to leave at the Cruz de Ferro. Of course, I had to make a […]

2010 Vibrant Europe Trip a Success . . .

Well, it's been a week since I returned from my fantastic trip to Amsterdam, Holland, Brugge, Belgium and Berlin, Germany.  I had such a great time and blogged about it live on my other Trekcapri Blog.  This last return flight home was probably one of the most challenging flights that I've had to endure. And […]

Travel Thoughts: Remember the true meaning of things . . .

  Twas the night before my trip and all through my house the sound of paper shuffling and zippers zipping and the panic of OMG I'm leaving soon can be heard   Okay, it's not Christmas yet, and okay I'm not very poetic. But I'm in that nervous pre departure panic mode and I need […]

Travel Technology: IBooks & Amazon Kindle on my ITouch . . .

I recently discovered two free applications for my iTouch (also good for iPad):  iBooks and Amazon Kindle   These two applications allows me to purchase books from the iBooks and Amazon Kindle Stores.  I was able to purchase a few guide books for my trip plus a couple of fun novels to while away the long […]

Travel Technology: Guess what I discovered 21 days before I leave . . .

I can't believe I didn't discover this sooner.  On my i-touch I downloaded the iBooks and Amazon Kindle applications and voila I have several books (Travel Guides and a couple of Trashy novels) to read while on my trip. The costs can actually rival the costs of buying the hard copy at B&N. And I […]

Yikes! . . . .

I was debating whether to put up a countdown clock for my trip for fear that it might freak me out.  I decided to add it and guess what happened.  Freak out!  😀  37 days!  How did time fly so fast.  I've been using every spare moment reading and learning about the cities I'll be visiting. […]

Trek’s Audio Guide to Vibrant Europe – LOL

Okay, when I first came up with the idea of creating my own Trekcapri audio guides to help me during my sightseeing adventures, I forgot about the fact that I'll have to pronounce some of the names of these places.  And let me tell you!  I haven't yet gotten to my Belgium and Berlin recordings yet, […]

Amsterdam: Introduction (Audio Test)

I recorded this very brief audio clip of an Introduction to Amsterdam . . . This is so funny, I was trying not to sound like the typical boring podcast narrator, but it just sort of naturally comes out that way even when I set some music in the background to jazz it up.  I'm such […]

Travel Thoughts – My love-hate relationship!

Today my new i-Touch will arrive! Yay!  64 Gigs of memory, a front and back facing camera, voice memo’s, high definition video viewing and recording, retina display for sharper images, gaming features … I’m very excited to start playing with it.  So yesterday, I was talking with a friend who read an article that the new […]

Berlin: My Food Adventures Awaits

When I think of all the three countries I'll be visiting on my November trip, I think my food adventures in Berlin could be my most adventurous.   Shannon posted a really interesting thread on Slow Talk about this cool event called the "Currywurst Field" taking place in Berlin.  I won't get to attend since I arrive in Berlin […]

Bruges: My Food Adventures awaits . . .

Did you know that "French Fries" was not invented by America or by the French?  While doing my research, I was surprised to learn that the Frie was actually invented in Belgium!   In fact, in the city of Bruges there is a museum called "The Friet Museum",  that is dedicated to learning about the history of the Belgian Frie!    I'm totally excited, up […]

Amsterdam: My food adventures awaits . . .

I'm receiving some very great advice from Slow Travelers about the food choices that I will have during my trip.  And based upon their recommendations, I have a feeling that I will have some unique and wonderful food adventures on my trip. Amsterdam: I hear from Annie and Marta who have been to Amsterdam that there are wonderful […]

Ms. Gadget strikes again . . .

Yay!  I just ordered the new i-Touch and I'm totally excited!  It is 1,000 times better than my 1st Generation model and here's why: Dual Camera – It now has a dual camera (front and back) to use for face time (something I probably won't use) and for taking still photos and video.  Yes, I carry […]

Amsterdam On Two Wheels

From looking at the two photos above you could say that Southern California and the City of Amsterdam have plenty in common.  The top photo is from Amsterdam and the bottom is from right here in Southern California on a Saturday morning.   In fact, the typical Southern California beach cruiser bike is not that much different than your traditional Dutch bike.  It has only […]

Amsterdam: Spending time with Van Gogh

The Van Gogh Museum is high on my must see list in Amsterdam.  The museum houses 200 of Van Gogh's original paintings plus 500 of his drawings.  With so many to choose from I can easily spend a couple of hours or more here.  The museum is located near to the very popular Vondelpark. Address:  […]

Berlin: What is it like to live in Berlin

I found this video on a blog recently and found it really interesting. It is about a girl from LA who is actually a filmmaker. She travels to Berlin with the idea of "could she live there" and on her quest to seek out this answer and learn more about life in Berlin she goes […]

Amsterdam: It’s more than sex, drugs and wooden shoes . . .

I'm doing pretty good on my Berlin segment, so I've started to think about my stay in Amsterdam.  For the record, I can't believe that I even considered an overnight day trip to Berlin from Amsterdam at the beginning stages of my trip planning. I can barely get my must see's in with 7 nights.   I'm beginning to research Amsterdam and I have […]

Berlin: I think I’m in love . . .

I think I'm falling in love . . . . with Berlin.  My trip planning is going very well lately and recently super cool Shannon from Slow Talk/GrapeHops gave me some fantastic ideas for my trip.  One of the biggest reasons I'm heading to Berlin is mainly because I remember reading Shannon's blog when she had spent two wonderful […]

Berlin: Add a Day for a Day trip

Well, when I least expect it, I'm reading and catching up with some of my favorite blog sites and a light bulb goes on.  Webs of Signficance just returned from a trip to Heidelberg Germany and she has posted some wonderful entries and photos of her experience.  They are so beautiful.  I'm now going to add […]

Berlin: The winds are blowing East . . .

I haven't had to research and study multiple countries in preparation for a trip since 2006 when I went to Prague, Austria and Germany.  And to be honest, I'm feeling a bit out of my comfort zone.  I'm a little nervous, but I'm also excited, intrigued and feel very up for the challenge.    I have been trying […]

Lucie says . . . go Dutch

I once wrote a blog post entitled "Tears & Joy".  It was about a good co-worker friend of mine, Lucie, who suddenly passed away at the end of 2008.  She and I shared a strong passion for travel and after we each took our trips or were about to go on a trip, we would always find the […]

Torn by too many places

Well, I'm going to have to take a break from updating my Travel Website so I can get started on Trip 2010! I recently asked my supervisor for 2 weeks of vacation.  He told me to take 3 weeks so I could really enjoy Europe!  I thought that was really nice considering how busy and short […]

Where to next . . .

With the ability to take only one big international trip a year and with so many beautiful places in the world to see, I am tormented each year on making my decision of where to travel next?  In the end, I will usually rely upon my instincts, my dreams and my passions to guide me […]

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