India – Tour Day

Tour day... Originally published May 24th, 2011 Today we went to see a beautiful tomb (Humayun's Tomb), a garden, Khan market, and a stepwell. Unfortunately, my camera died so I personally did not get pictures of the first step well. I remember seeing a lot of skinny stray dogs at the tomb grounds.  It was … Continue reading India – Tour Day

India – First Day of the Program

First day of the course... Originally published: May 23rd, 2011 Oh boy, how to begin describing this day.... Trying. We got up a little late and went to breakfast.  Not many choices... and their ketchup (for me at least) was quite spicy.  Then we had the scavenger hunt... a bit of a waste of time. … Continue reading India – First Day of the Program

Traveling to India

Arrival Originally published: May 22, 2011 Additional thoughts and comments that I write and add in the present (meaning as I update and re-publish) will be italicized. The flight to India was really long. I'm pretty sure it was a direct flight from Newark, New Jersey to New Delhi.  Not sure why but I recall … Continue reading Traveling to India

Graduation!!

Graduation & Preparation Originally published: May 18th, 2011 It is hard to believe how fast 4 years of school went - although it didn't seem so fast while in the thick of it all. Graduation was fantastic - and this trip will be a great finish to college. Still trying to think up a topic … Continue reading Graduation!!

India – Picture Topic

Picture Topic? Originally published: May 11th, 2011. For this trip, we have to keep a picture journal - and we have to choose some object of daily life (a color, an animal, architecture, anything) to take a daily photo of.  I am at a loss at what to photograph.  I was thinking architectural arches...  but … Continue reading India – Picture Topic

Let’s Go Way Back!

So, I've decided to just start posting some stuff from way back; basically that means that I'll republish/share my posts from my India study abroad back in 2011. Enjoy!! First post preparing for my India trip was originally published May 10th, 2011.  Bear with me... my first few posts were quite short.  So they will … Continue reading Let’s Go Way Back!

Life (So Far) After Traveling

Hi Everyone; The last few days I've been feeling a blog post coming on.  While there isn't to terribly much to write about, I'm pretty sure I will end up writing more than I think I will.  Please read the whole post...or just skip to the bottom and leave a comment whether you think you … Continue reading Life (So Far) After Traveling

EuroTour Places Visited Maps (March 22 – May 6th)

Here are places visited in Europe (the blue points). 🙂 Green points are places I still want to go. Netherlands: Germany: Austria: Italy: England: Scotland:

The Journey Home (May 4th – 7th, 2018)

May 4th I was up and about; took a really good shower because I knew I wouldn't have the opportunity to shower for a couple of days. Here is a brief itinerary to show why: - Drive to Edinburgh and return rental car - Tram to Edinburgh and find somewhere to hang out until 9:30pm … Continue reading The Journey Home (May 4th – 7th, 2018)

Tyndrum, Scotland UK (April 30th – May 3rd, 2018)

April 30th I had rented a car with Easirent Edinburgh Airport. The price was significantly cheaper than the usual rental car companies such a s Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, etc. I was thinking "how is this company so much cheaper." I had reserved a vehicle through RentalCars.com in Queenstown NZ and we got an additional ding … Continue reading Tyndrum, Scotland UK (April 30th – May 3rd, 2018)

Edinburgh, Scotland (April 28th – 29th, 2018)

Up and about, preparing to catch my train to Edinburgh. I was up and packed before any of the guys in my room were conscious. Hopped on my train and headed out of London. Part of the way up to Edinburgh, I was working on my scrapbook; gluing little bits and remnants into it. It … Continue reading Edinburgh, Scotland (April 28th – 29th, 2018)

London, England (April 26th – 27th, 2018)

April 26th I arrived at London Gatwick airport at approximately 12:30pm. I bought a train ticket to go to Kings Cross train station but then when I went down to the platform, I just caught the first train that came by that said "London" and ended up going to London Bridge station, approximately 2.4 miles … Continue reading London, England (April 26th – 27th, 2018)

Verona, Italy (April 25th & 26th, 2018)

If my trains had been on schedule, I would have gotten to my accommodation in Verona around 4:30pm and would have a decent portion of the evening to wander around Verona and see the sites. But, the trains weren't running on time, well one train was; the train I needed to catch on my first … Continue reading Verona, Italy (April 25th & 26th, 2018)

La Spezia, Italy – Part 2 (April 23rd and 24th, 2018)

NOTE: You will notice on some of my pictures that I’ve changed my “signature” to Bluegreenpacker. This is because I was trying to come up with a catchy/cool name for my account on Instragram and I came up with bluegreenpacker. Pretty much it’s because I love blue and green, I have a blue and green … Continue reading La Spezia, Italy – Part 2 (April 23rd and 24th, 2018)

La Spezia, Italy – Part 1 (April 20th – 22nd, 2018)

NOTE:  You will notice on some of my pictures that I've changed my "signature" to Bluegreenpacker.  This is because I was trying to come up with a catchy/cool name for my account on Instragram and I came up with bluegreenpacker.  Pretty much it's because I love blue and green, I have a blue and green backpacks, … Continue reading La Spezia, Italy – Part 1 (April 20th – 22nd, 2018)

Peschiera del Garda, Italy (April 17th – 19th, 2018)

I had all morning to pack. My bus to Peschiera didn't leave until 1:10pm. But per usual, I was packed and ready to go early because I knew I wouldn't walk quite as fast fully loaded and wanted plenty of time to get to the bus stop. Sometime while I was at Marmota Hostel, I … Continue reading Peschiera del Garda, Italy (April 17th – 19th, 2018)

Innsbruck, Austria – Part 2 (April 14th – 16th, 2018)

April 14th The day was shaping up to be another beauty and so I knew it was the day to go up to the top of mountain that was across town. There is the Nordkette cable car that will bring you from the main town level up past the Alpine Zoo to the Hungerburg station … Continue reading Innsbruck, Austria – Part 2 (April 14th – 16th, 2018)

Innsbruck, Austria – Part 1 (April 12th and 13th, 2018)

April 12th Didn't have to get up too early this morning as my train wasn't until a few minutes before 11am. I got to the station and waited for the train to come. I didn't mind the wait though... take a look at this view: On the train, I was looking forward to the ride … Continue reading Innsbruck, Austria – Part 1 (April 12th and 13th, 2018)

Salzburg, Austria (April 9th – 12th, 2018)

I accidently "unpublished" this post when going between my page on Chrome and the WordPress App. So this is basically republishing. 😦  Also, not sure what possessed me to initially write "Van Trapp" instead of Von Trapp.  My bad... I think I fixed that in this updated post. April 9th I was up and going … Continue reading Salzburg, Austria (April 9th – 12th, 2018)

Munich, Germany (April 6th – 8th, 2018)

Wow - I've gotten so far behind in writing! It's hard to keep up when I'm traveling every few days and trying to get the most out of each place. I need to catch up though so I guess I will take advantage of a missed train connection here in Parma, Italy to write up … Continue reading Munich, Germany (April 6th – 8th, 2018)

Visiting Family in Dickendorf, Germany (April 3rd – 6th, 2018)

April 3rd It was an early morning at the train station. My high-speed ICE train was leaving the Amsterdam Centraal station a few minutes after 8am so I wanted to be there by 7:30 latest and the way the train schedules worked out, I got there at about 7:10am. As part of my ticket booking … Continue reading Visiting Family in Dickendorf, Germany (April 3rd – 6th, 2018)

Planning, Volendam, and Netherlands Wrap-up (April 1st and 2nd, 2018)

April 1st It was a "Try to wrap my head around this EuroTour" planning kind of day. I got my refund request processed with Eurail and found out that I would be able to get the pass back in the mail before it's pre-activation date (which I had set to 6/4/18 - or 4/6/18 if … Continue reading Planning, Volendam, and Netherlands Wrap-up (April 1st and 2nd, 2018)

Kinderdijk, Netherlands (March 31st, 2018)

I had the day to myself since Jorgo had a prior commitment.  So I figured I would go see some other place in the Netherlands. A girl that I met while traveling with the Stray bus in New Zealand became friends on Facebook/Instagram and she saw that I was in the Netherlands. She invited me … Continue reading Kinderdijk, Netherlands (March 31st, 2018)

Eurail, Interrail, or No Rail?

I feel like most of the knowledge I've gained while traveling isn't exactly applicable to anyone else. It's been my own journey with my own experiences that may or may not help other travelers....UNTIL NOW! I've decided to write about the debate I had with myself whether to use the Eurail Global pass and the … Continue reading Eurail, Interrail, or No Rail?

Keukenhof (March 30th, 2018)

Today is the day to visit Keukenhof. We thought of going yesterday but we didn't yet have the car that Jorgo was borrowing from his mom. Once we had her car, we had a little bit more freedom to go out and about. Keukenhof is about a 30-minute drive south of Amsterdam. It's located in … Continue reading Keukenhof (March 30th, 2018)

Rotterdam, Netherlands (March 28th & 29th, 2018)

March 28th I had planned to go to Rotterdam on my own today however, train track maintenance didn't really let that happen. I got to the train station, scanned my discount ticket to go through the turnstile and only then did I notice that the Intercity trains to Dordrecht (the direction I wanted to go) … Continue reading Rotterdam, Netherlands (March 28th & 29th, 2018)

Body World & Rijksmuseum (March 26, 2018)

March 26th My friend had to work today (Monday), Tuesday, and Wednesday and so I had made plans of things to do on my own. So, today, I caught a train back to Amsterdam (now that I knew how to get there) and went to see a couple of museums and just wander the city … Continue reading Body World & Rijksmuseum (March 26, 2018)

Almere & Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 23rd – 25th, 2018)

March 23rd The previous day (the afternoon I arrived) the sunshine came out so we went for a nice walk at a nearby park. There isn't much to tell from today. I'm staying with my Dutch friend that I met in New Zealand. He had to work today so I stayed put. Around 10 or … Continue reading Almere & Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 23rd – 25th, 2018)

Den Haag, Netherlands (March 27th, 2018)

THIS POST IS NOW UPDATED AND FINISHED!  Sorry for the early publishing - Darn WordPress. I decided I would go south to the Hague (Den Haag in Dutch) today and have a wander. The only thing I really wanted to see specifically was the International Criminal Court. Other than that, my plan was to just … Continue reading Den Haag, Netherlands (March 27th, 2018)

Flying Auckland, New Zealand to Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 21 – 22, 2018)

I arrived at the airport at about 3:30pm on Wednesday anticipating to board my flight at about 6pm. I had checked the status of my flight with Emirates and found that there was a hidden short stopover in Melbourne, AU. When I checked in, I asked the lady if there were any window seats available. … Continue reading Flying Auckland, New Zealand to Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 21 – 22, 2018)

New Zealand Tour – Encapsulated

Here is an image of places I have been in New Zealand. I may have missed a few places but overall, I'm pretty sure I captured 99.9% of where I've been. There are a few things I wish I had done. But, for reasons or circumstances I won't go into, I wasn't able to, or … Continue reading New Zealand Tour – Encapsulated

Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 3 and 4 (March 16th and 17th, 2017)

Phone Notes - Day 3 March 16: Didnt sleep well at all. The wind, twisting and turning all night, trying to not breath in the fine sand while not breathing my carbon dioxide in the sleeping bag. It started getting light out and realized it was raining. Not just a vertical rain but angular rain … Continue reading Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 3 and 4 (March 16th and 17th, 2017)

Tongariro Northern Circuit – Day 2 (March 15, 2017)

Phone Notes - Day 2 March 15th: The crossing hike was pretty challenging with a heavy pack on. But we took our time up devils staircase and up to red crater. My legs were shot by the time we got down the other side. My feet were killing me when we finally reached the Oturere … Continue reading Tongariro Northern Circuit – Day 2 (March 15, 2017)

Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 1 (March 14, 2017)

Here's a few pictures of the important information on the Tongariro Northern Circuit brochure. Just a little info on where I was. In a similar fashion to the Greenstone-Routeburn epic adventure, I've written some phone notes on my phone during the hike. I've copied them below and so will write a lot more detail below … Continue reading Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 1 (March 14, 2017)

Iron Man New Zealand (Taupo, March 3, 2018)

If you didn't know, I want to do a triathlon sometime in the near future. I had signed up for one (Harryman Olympic) to be attempted in May 2017. I didn't end up competing in it though because I hadn't been training. I was working a TON of hours, wasn't training at the gym or … Continue reading Iron Man New Zealand (Taupo, March 3, 2018)

Yoga Festival and More (February 20th – February 27th)

I feel like I've been a little bit M-I-A on my blog for a while.  But I haven't been doing too much adventure-y stuff that should be shared.  I've been doing more work-exchange so that I'm not spending a fortune on accommodation.  But that's not a complaint because I love my host! 🙂 February 20th … Continue reading Yoga Festival and More (February 20th – February 27th)

Taupo HelpX & Onward Travel Planning (February 1st – 20th, 2018)

Yes, I put those dates in the headline on purpose. Yes, I know I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself but that's ok. So, since February 1st, I've been living with a middle-aged woman in Taupo helping her around the house. It's called woofing (working in exchange for accommodation and in some cases some … Continue reading Taupo HelpX & Onward Travel Planning (February 1st – 20th, 2018)

Wellington, New Zealand (January 29th – February 1st, 2018)

The ferry arrived in Wellington at about 6pm. I had to grab my big pack from the luggage transfer and then walked along the waterfront until I got to the Wellington YHA hostel. Checked in and went to my room to drop my packs. It felt like there was no HVAC system in the hostel … Continue reading Wellington, New Zealand (January 29th – February 1st, 2018)

Picton, New Zealand (January 26th – 29th, 2018)

January 26th Leaving Kaikoura, similar with coming into Kaikoura, you could see the landslide scars caused by the earthquakes and all the work being done to reconstruct and/or repair the roadway leading into and out of the town. Not sure why this video isn't properly oriented; my videos don't usually have issues uploading in the … Continue reading Picton, New Zealand (January 26th – 29th, 2018)

Kaikoura, New Zealand (January 24th – 25th, 2018)

January 24th Whale-watching day! I was debating with myself (due to budget) if I really wanted to spend the money on a whale watch. This is something I could do on the east coast of the US. I don't know how much it would cost, probably about the same or maybe less, but possibly more. … Continue reading Kaikoura, New Zealand (January 24th – 25th, 2018)

Back to Solo Traveling (January 18th – 22nd, 2018)

January 17th (late) It was a long drive back to Queenstown but I made it back to the rental car place in time. Caught the bus back to the center of Queenstown and went to my hostel. Dropped my bags and went out for a walk. Since I no longer had a cup, I decided … Continue reading Back to Solo Traveling (January 18th – 22nd, 2018)

Road Trip – Queenstown to Christchurch, NZ (January 15th – 17th, 2018)

January 14th (late) We caught the 5:00pm bus from Te Anau and arrived back in Queenstown a little before 7pm. We had made a reservation at Nomads hostel for the night. As soon as we were checked into our room, we had to run up to the Flaming Kiwi hostel to pick up the bags … Continue reading Road Trip – Queenstown to Christchurch, NZ (January 15th – 17th, 2018)

Post-Greenstone/Routeburn Recovery Process & Milford Sound (January 8th – 14th, 2018)

January 8th We were basically out of food at this point. We had two pretty small granola bars so we each ate one. We got a late start since we were both exhausted from our 44 kilometers hiked over the last two days. We didn't have very far to go (we thought about 7 kilometers … Continue reading Post-Greenstone/Routeburn Recovery Process & Milford Sound (January 8th – 14th, 2018)

Routeburn Track {Howden Hut to Routeburn Flats Hut & Return} – Day 5 and 6 (January 6th and 7th, 2018)

Note: I wrote a lot of phone notes regarding these two days and as I wrote my blog post, I noticed that they were very repetitive. So, I've put the two days of phone notes at the bottom of this blog post so that you can read if you're interested. But you're not missing anything … Continue reading Routeburn Track {Howden Hut to Routeburn Flats Hut & Return} – Day 5 and 6 (January 6th and 7th, 2018)

Greenstone Track Days Three and Four – McKeller Hut to Howden Hut {Routeburn Track} (January 4th and 5th, 2018)

Phone notes regarding Day 3: Day 3 January 4: We only had 7km to walk from McKeller hut to Howden hut on the Routeburn Great walk track. We got up a bit late since we didn't have far to go. The walk took a couple of hours until we came to the open grassy valley … Continue reading Greenstone Track Days Three and Four – McKeller Hut to Howden Hut {Routeburn Track} (January 4th and 5th, 2018)

Greenstone Track Day Two – Greenstone Hut to McKeller Hut (January 3rd, 2017)

Phone Notes written about Day Two: Day 2 - January 3rd 18km: got a little bit of a later start than I'd hoped to. George sleeps late. I hardly slept last night. But I have to continually remind myself that I'm on holiday; there is no urgent need whatsoever to hurry out of our camp … Continue reading Greenstone Track Day Two – Greenstone Hut to McKeller Hut (January 3rd, 2017)

Greenstone Track Day One – Car park to Greenstone Hut (January 2nd, 2018)

I think I'll start each day-post of our multi-day tramping trip with sharing some notes that I wrote on my phone while doing the track. Side note: I know the font (at least in my editing mode) is different in this post.  Unfortunately, WordPress is not very word-processing friendly and so I have no idea … Continue reading Greenstone Track Day One – Car park to Greenstone Hut (January 2nd, 2018)

Queenstown for New Years!! (December 29th, 2017 – January 1st, 2018)

The morning of the 29th, George and I (and a bunch of other people) hopped on the Stray bus from Wanaka to Queenstown. It's really not that far away but since we can't check into the hostels until 2pm or after, the bus drivers draw the ride out way too long. Anyway, we did a … Continue reading Queenstown for New Years!! (December 29th, 2017 – January 1st, 2018)

Wanaka, New Zealand (December 26th – 28th)

On the way from Franz Josef Glacier to Wanaka, we stopped in Fox Glacier, the next town south, and walked around Lake Matheson. I had planned to stay in Fox Glacier for a couple of days and would have done this hike. But, by sort of a happy mistake, I made a reservation at a … Continue reading Wanaka, New Zealand (December 26th – 28th)