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There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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Monthly Archives: June 2012
If you follow me on facebook or twitter you know that I am heading to Chicago this weekend. I’ve been to Chicago a few times before but I am still excited to check out some parts of the city that I haven’t been able to see in the past and to participate in some of the cities more unique activities. So what will I be up to while I’m in the Windy City? First, I’ll be touring some of Chicago’s most famous attractions starting with the Willis Tower Skydeck. Then I’ll be partnering with City Pass Chicago to see some of the other top sites … Read More
This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Gary from Everything Everywhere shares his story of a washed out Visa. Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip? I have been traveling around the world since March 2007. Since then, I’ve been to over 110 countries and territories around the world, all 50 US states and all 7 continents. Describe your travel style? It is really all over the place. I’ll sometimes stay in hostels and some … Read More
Before my trip to Iceland, I gave a brief review of my new hiking boots, the Merrel Moab Mid Waterproof, that I had acquired for the trip. I promised to return with more information after I had tried to shoes out in action – and here I am! Boy, did I ever put those shoes through their paces. And luckily, despite my oversight in actually breaking them in, the shoes were perfect. My foot and ankle were totally supported, and even though I was literally on a glacier, they kept my foot warm and dry. The first challenge I put them … Read More
Before I went to Iceland, I knew that Whale Watching could be very hit or miss. Sometimes groups were treated to views of huge whales jumping from the water, while others had to make due with the odd whale fin or tail poking up from the water. After our disappointing puffin tour the day before, we weren’t feeling great about our chances on the sea and discussed just skipping the whale tour. (The cost had been included in our Iceland Air package so we wouldn’t really be loosing any money). Knowing we would feel guilty if we skipped it, we decided to give … Read More
Hopefully you have all been reading my very thorough coverage of my Iceland Trip. I’ve shared my experience with dog sledding, glacier hiking, puffin watching, and all the other fun activities Holly and I were able to try during our trip. But, the trip wasn’t just back to back adventure sports. There were hours and hours spent in the car, alone on the road with just a can of Pringles and Adele to keep us company. There were late nights in strangely sunny bars. Then there was that incident with the glory hole. But don’t worry, more on that late. … Read More
This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Earl from Wandering Earl shares his tale of getting kidnapped in Bangladesh. Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip? At the moment I’m 35 years old and have been traveling, living, working or volunteering overseas for the past 12 years straight. Back in 1999, during my first solo backpacking trip, I decided that I wanted to travel indefinitely and so, somehow, I managed to figure out a … Read More
All of Iceland was pretty much not a good look for me. For such a short trip, I found myself wearing a large number of ridiculous things. Even more strange was the fact that I let Holly photograph me wearing each of these outfits. (Let/Posed and begged her to snap a photo…whats the difference?) Against my better judgement, I thought I would share some of my favorites (I use that term very loosely). Warning, this post is borderline narcasstic. It started out pretty tame with a few viking dress up sessions. I think we can all agree that that helmet was … Read More
If you read my blog, you know how excited I was about Puffin Watching. If not, the answer was that I was really REALLY excited. So excited, that I planned my puffin watching expedition with Special Tours for our very first day in Reykjavik. After our airport pickup, and a tour of the nearby area we checked into our hotel and realized we only had about an hour to spare before our puffin boat tour at 2:30. After a quick celebratory beer (we were celebrating our arrival – yes I have low celebration standards), we headed down to the … Read More
I’ve talked before about the value of renting a car while traveling – I think it gives you the ability to really see a country in way that you can’t with a tour bus. On our trip, an Iceland car rental was no exception. We rented a car from Route 1 Rental Car for our last three days and used it to explore the countryside at our own pace. So what advantages did the rental car provide? It allowed us to explore on our own schedule. Iceland’s tour operators offer trips to almost every single destination on the island, with … Read More