Camping on the Great Wall of China

  Jordan asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday and without missing a beat I told him I wanted to spend it on the Great Wall of China, as it was one of my bucketlist items. And then I learned you could actually camp on the wall - so I upped the ante and...

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Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Victoria Peak is one of the green places that Hong Kongers evoke whenever complaints of the island being made of skyscrapers and concrete arise.  As it also stands as the highest peak on the island, I knew I would have to check it out. Hong Kong is built at the foot...

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Running in Beijing

Seven months into our trip, and I can say that my speed has taken a bit of a hit.  I was worried that the air quality would keep me away for our entire stay in Beijing(even as I write this it's rated 'Very Unhealthy'), but luckily it dipped down into 'Good' levels and...

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Running in Cape Town

While we were only in Cape Town for a few days, I knew I wanted to both hike Table Mountain, and get a run through town.  I decided to combine both one beautiful sunny morning.   There are many ways to get to the base of table mountain including public transit.  I...

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Running in Zambia

Livingstone, on the edge of Victoria Falls, is a great place for a safari, but (unless you want to be charged by elephants) a bit lacking in good running routes.There are a few nice routes in into the national park, but difficult to get to and costly if you want to...

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Victoria Falls – Zambia

Known as the "adventure capital" of Africa, Victoria Falls (and its national park) is often considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Since I'd seen Iguaçu Falls a couple of times, I had never really cared about visiting Vic Falls (which I had read wasn't as...

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Running in Zanzibar

Stone Town in Zanzibar seems 1 part Havana, 1 part Marrakech, and 1 part Caribbean island, equalling one crazy place to go for a run.While the streets in Stone Town itself are pretty quiet(other than the hawkers trying to get your attention), if you want to get any...

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Running in Kigali

Rwanda is sometimes referred to as the land of one thousand hills("Pays des Mille Collines" in french), and after pulling into Kigali I could see why.  I had been itching for a run for a while on our safari - for some reason our guide wasn't keen on me running with...

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Petra, Jordan

First, let's just get this picture out of the way.     I can't say for sure how long I've had Petra on my list, and I have no idea when I first even heard about the "Rose Stone City". But what I can say for sure is that it was before I ever saw Indiana Jones...

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Jerusalem, Israel

  I'm not religious, but Jerusalem has always been a place of interest for me. My desire to visit the holy city, as it's often called, stemmed from sheer curiosity. How is one little spot on the planet so important that it drives some of the most major conflicts...

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Running in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a city on hills, which makes it a beautiful, and challenging city in which to run.  From buildings that are thousands of years old to brand new bikeways and pedestrian streets, it's got a lot to offer anyone wishing to hit the pavement.While we also...

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Hiking the Samaria Gorge, Crete

The Samaria Gorge is the second longest gorge in Europe, a place that attracts over 1000 hikers per day because of it's beautiful scenery. It is also Victoria's first anniversary gift to me! Sticking with tradition, for our first anniversary Victoria bought me a...

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Athens, Greece

Visiting Athens in August is, if not a mistake, at least very challenging. You have to plan your day, taking care not to be caught wandering around in the open air ruins when when the clock strikes twelve. Victoria and I failed miserably at this on several occasions,...

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Running in Greece

Running around Athens is extraordinary.  Being able to jog around the hill of the muses and to the Parthenon is quite a treat, if only for the scenery. Date: 6 Aug 2016 Distance: 5.4 km Time: 41:18 Location: Athens, GreeceThere were several other joggers out there as...

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Running in Cavtat

We were only spending a few days in Croatia, and two of them had been taken up by hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park.  I wanted to make sure that I checked off Croatia on my running around the world list, so I woke up early to get this one done. This ended up...

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is an incredibly beautiful park in Croatia filled with amazing waterfalls and crystal blue lakes.   We had planned two nights in a guesthouse near Plitvice so we could get up early and beat the crowds to the park by 7am.  We'd read reviews...

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Running in Budapest

After a damp and rainy walking tour the day before, I decided to get out for a run in the sun in Budapest. There were so many routes that I wanted to do in Budapest: there's Margaret Island, a parkland oasis in the middle of the Danube, the castle district, the...

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Running in Krakow

What started as a quick 5k became a little longer when I realised I could pop into the old city, and then a little longer still when I found that there were no trams returning back home. The picture shows 1.5km missing because I stopped, thinking I would get on a tram...

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Running in Italy

Getting out for a run during our visit to Italy was difficult, both because we visited in July, when it's very hot for most of the day, and because there is just so much to see! Just about every day in Italy we were up early to do a walking tour, line up for a...

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Visiting the Vatican

Seeing the Sistine Chapel is one of the highlights of most trips to Rome, and ours was no exception.   Victoria had been to the Vatican before, and was put off by the number of people crammed into the chapel trying to get a look at one of Michelangelo's most famous...

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First day in Rome

Our first day in Rome we did a 2 hour walking tour to give us the lay of the land.  We managed to see a few churches with amazing and completely over the top ceilings, some amazing roman temples, and of course the coliseum! Hadrian's Temple All the pockmarks are the...

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Running in Vienna

Vienna was a quick stop - two days to see the sights, and of course run around them too. I was actually hoping to run the full ring-road of Vienna, which encircles the old down and has several amazing buildings.  About halfway though I realized that I neither had the...

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Running in Prague

On the morning of our departure from Prague, I was a bit antsy that I hadn't yet managed to run in the Czech Republic.  Luckily the stars aligned and I managed to squeeze in just enough time for a quick hop into the old town and back over the Charles bridge.  I saw...

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Hiking Pic Saint-Loup, France

Pic Saint-Loup is a nice hike with a gorgeous summit about 36km north of Montpellier, just don't use google maps to get there! When we headed out for Pic Saint-Loup, we entered it into google maps and we were on our way - mistake!  Google will bring you to the north...

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Running in France

Cahors My first run in France was in Cahors.  While the city is (apparently) beautiful, we didn't get much of a change to explore it.  Unfortunately we got in later than we would like, and after finding wifi to contact our airbnb host, arranging to have our laundry...

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Hiking in Monserrat, Spain

While visiting Barcelona, Victoria suggested I look into visiting the Pyrenees.  She knows my affinity for mountains, and as they were only a few hours away it seemed like a good fit.  After doing some research we found that a day trip would probably involve about 6...

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Running in Spain

While we visited several cities in Spain, for the first week I was feeling some ill effects of our time in Morocco, and wasn't able to get out for a run until we reached Granada.  It was worth the wait.  Granada is a beautiful city to run in, offering a beautiful city...

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Granada, Spain

Several times in our trip Victoria said 'no ha visto nada si no ha visto Granada' or something like that. It was a saying of her grandfather's which means 'you haven't seen anything until you see Granada'. Granada the city is nice in it's own right, and one of the...

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Running in Morocco

My run in Essaouira, Morocco had quite a nice mix. I started off in the medina(the historic non-european part of north-African towns) where I promptly got lost, eventually made my way to the city wall and ran along that until I found the beach.  Unfortunately my GPS...

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Dubai, UAE

While not on most backpackers or budget world traveller's lists due to the expensive nature of Dubai, we ended up there during a visit to my sister, brother-in-law, and niece. While Dubai is unfortunately high on the beer index (a cheap beer being about 15 CAD in most...

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Running in Dubai

Dubai is, to put it simply, hot.  While we were there it was regularly 35C or more during the day, and would dip down to a cool 25-30C at night.  This was "nice" according to my sister whom we were visiting, because summer hadn't arrived and it hadn't gotten "hot"...

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Running in Argentina

This was a beautiful run, and quite a change from my previous runs in South America.  Buenos Aires was a gorgeous temperature (it's autumn there right now, but it still means 15-20 degrees Celsius), and I wasn't worried about losing my footing.  We were staying in...

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Salento, Colombia

After spending some time in Bogota, we made our way to the small town of Salento, in the heart of coffee country. After the hustle and bustle of the big city, Salento was a welcome change. It's a laid back mix of locals, ex-pats, backpackers, and good food. After...

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Cartagena De Indias, Colombia

Compared to Salento, Cartagena felt like a whole different planet – how could these two places be part of the same country? Salento with its gentle rolling hills and laid back vibe was behind us and here we were, standing in the middle of sweat, and heat, and...

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Bogota, Colombia

We arrived in Bogota at 6am from Cusco (with an 8 hour layover in Lima). After dropping our stuff off at our AirBNB, despite being totally exhausted, we set out for the walking tour we had booked at 10AM. The walking tour was excellent – a total opposite of the one we...

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Lima, Peru

Since our flight from Cusco to Bogota had a layover in Lima, I thought it would be a great opportunity to do a whistle-stop tour of the city and see what all the fuss was about. I hadn’t felt the need to visit Lima, but several people talked it up, so it seemed like a...

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Cusco, Peru

We arrived in Cusco, Peru from Quito, Ecuador and were greeted by our extremely kind hearted Air BNB host, Maria. She came to the airport to pick us up and gave us a quick lay of the land as we taxied back to her place. We've spent more time in Cusco so far than any...

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Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru

While actively preparing for the Inca trail(i.e. waiting around for the altitude to stop kicking our butts), we decided to hike up to one of the nearby ruins in Cusco: Sacsayhuaman. Cusco was originally laid out by the Inca to resemble a puma, and Sacsayhuaman(roughly...

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Mindo & La Mitad Del Mundo, Ecuador

After returning from the Galapagos we wasted no time in arranging for a tour of Mindo in our final days before flying out of Quito. Mindo is a cloud forest and on top of having read about it in the guidebook, it was recommended to us by a couple we met at the airport...

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Travel Drama – 3 Pronged Camera Death

We set off with 4 cameras plus 2 iphones with relatively good cameras. Within 3 days of eachother, exactly 3 of the 4 cameras have gone kaput in some way. We had 2 Sony Cybershots - a TX-5 (Jordan's) and a TX-10 (mine). On our last day on the Galapagos while swimming...

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Galapagos Cruise Day 4

We started the morning with a wet landing to Punta Pitt, on San Cristobal. Here we had a bit of a hike up to spot the red footed booby. These are more difficult to find than the blue footed boobies as they are they only booby that nests in trees. We were able to get a...

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Galapagos Cruise Day 3

We started the day with a dry landing onto Isla Española at Punta Suarez.  This area was filled with many colourful iguanas, some sea lions, Nazca boobies (and their young), blue footed boobies, galapagos hawks, and lava lizards. We were really hoping to see some...

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Galapagos Cruise Day 2

This morning we had a wet landing onto Isla Santa Fe, which started with a beach filled with sea lions. The bull (head male sea lion) was asleep so some of the younger males were trying to stake their claim to the territory while they could. We toured around and saw...

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Galapagos Cruise Day 1

Today was the first day of our Galapagos cruise.  After much running around in Quito looking for boats that had decent itineraries, small tour sizes, and (most importantly) spots available, we settled on the Queen Beatriz: This was quite a nice catamaran, with a tour...

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Arriving in the Galapagos Islands

After a 4 hour flight delay (that came with a $120 flight credit and a couple of ham sandwiches) we arrived on the island of Sata Cruz in the Galapagos. As soon as we were off the plane we were hit with an intense wave of heat - it was something like 29 degrees...

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Running in Galapagos

Date: 21 March 2016 Distance: 5 km Time: 34 minutes I found a few people writing about this route on the internet, more for the beautiful white sand beach at the end than the nice 5km return run.  It's a really nice rolling run that starts almost straight out of...

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Tying Up Loose Ends

When we originally decided to go on a year long honeymoon we gave little thought to our apartment, our vehicles, our stuff; we'll figure it out, we naively thought. But by the end of January with a tentative departure date of March 15, we hadn't done a single thing to...

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Quito, Ecuador

Our first stop, it took 17 hours in flight to get here! We arrived and met up with our Air BNB host, who also happened to be on the same flight as us from Panama. We shared a ride back to his home in the historical center of Quito. As our car climbed higher and higher...

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Getting Ready

It's really crept up on us, this great adventure of ours. It was August, we got married, we blinked, and now it's February. We've got a tentative departure date of March 15th and so far it feels like we're nowhere near ready. We both have spent countless hours...

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