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November 2014

What to Do in Case of a Tourist Infestation — By Jennifer Shipp
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What to Do in Case of a Tourist Infestation — By Jennifer Shipp

Yesterday, we took a Trenitalia train from Rome to Venice. I had been looking forward to seeing the Italian countryside. I’d envisioned roomy seats and a glorious view of whatever Italy had to offer. Instead we got cramped seats in second class and a train that ran through tunnels underground for what felt like 50% of the journey.

I studied Arabic furiously on the way, noting to myself ...
Venice to Tunis: Photo Gallery
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Venice to Tunis: Photo Gallery

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Venice, Italy: Photo Gallery
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Venice, Italy: Photo Gallery

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Navigating the Foggy Streets of Disillusionment in Mestre, Italy — By Jennifer Shipp
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Navigating the Foggy Streets of Disillusionment in Mestre, Italy — By Jennifer Shipp

Mostly, we view all of the booking and planning of our trips as part of our adventure. We meet people when we set up our vacation rentals and sometimes they become friends. It’s always a challenge to deal with airlines, but we have a system now and we’ve gotten quicker at researching and booking our flights. Getting to and from classes, the grocery store, or tourist attractions is always an adventure once ...
And the meek shall inherit your spare change. — By Jennifer Shipp
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And the meek shall inherit your spare change. — By Jennifer Shipp

On our first full day in Rome, we were lucky enough to accidently walk in on the Pope’s Sunday speech that he gives from his apartment window to a crowd at St. Peter’s Square. We were excited about this encounter, but we hadn’t gotten to see him physically with our own eyes, but rather just a broadcast of him on some big movie screens as he spoke in real time. On Wednesday there would be another chance to ...
Sick and Tired of Tourist Attractions in Rome– By Jennifer Shipp
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Sick and Tired of Tourist Attractions in Rome– By Jennifer Shipp

When Lydian was six years old, she decided that she wanted to visit Rome. None of us had been overseas at that time, but each time we’ve booked flights somewhere, she mentions it. Rome and Athens have been at the top of her “must-see” list for many years and we decided to finally cross them off on this trip. Rome, after all, was one of the first places I ever yearned to go too when I was a teenager.<br ...
Lost, Flagged by Security, Thrown on the Floor, and Left Behind: Travel Nightmare Part III — By Jennifer Shipp
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Lost, Flagged by Security, Thrown on the Floor, and Left Behind: Travel Nightmare Part III — By Jennifer Shipp

We arrived on the street outside Gatwick airport at 12:47 PM after going to the Heathrow airport first by accident. Our flight was scheduled to depart at 1:30 PM and we hadn’t even entered Gatwick yet. Our taxi driver had indicated that Gatwick was a small airport that was easy to navigate; a place where it would take us no time to check our bags and get through security. The driver parked the taxi outside ...
Getting Ripped Off: Travel Nightmare Part II — By Jennifer Shipp
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Getting Ripped Off: Travel Nightmare Part II — By Jennifer Shipp

It’s hard to say how far away Central Station actually was from the terminals at Heathrow airport, but I would guess that it was half a mile or more. Central Station was where we'd find a bus to take us to Gatwick Airport. We’d recently discovered that we’d arrived at the wrong airport only an hour and a half before our flight took off.

When we got to the Central Station ticket booth we ...
The Pantheon: Photo Gallery
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The Pantheon: Photo Gallery

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The Colosseum in Rome, Italy: Photo Gallery
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The Colosseum in Rome, Italy: Photo Gallery

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Three Different Days and Three Different Views of the Roman Forum: Photo Gallery
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Three Different Days and Three Different Views of the Roman Forum: Photo Gallery

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St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy: Photo Gallery
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St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy: Photo Gallery

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Arriving Late at the Wrong Airport: Travel Nightmare Part I — By Jennifer Shipp
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Arriving Late at the Wrong Airport: Travel Nightmare Part I — By Jennifer Shipp

Over the years and through many trips abroad, our family has learned to dread Airplane Days. These are the days when everything must be packed in an ultra-orderly fashion. These are the days when we put on our clothes and our shoes knowing that we’ll have to remove them (most, but not all of them thankfully) and everything in our pockets to go through security. These are the days when our most private and ...
Have a Very Heretical Christmas — By Jennifer Shipp
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Have a Very Heretical Christmas — By Jennifer Shipp

It’s the middle of November and folks at home in the U.S. are already complaining about the presence of Christmas decorations and advertisements on TV. In the past, I’ve tended to agree with the stance that it’s too early to celebrate Christmas if it's still before Thanksgiving. For the past four years, though, I’ve been in other countries during the Christmas season and so my sense of Christmas Rights and ...
Windsor Castle: important because it’s extravagant or extravagant because it’s important? — By Jennifer Shipp
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Windsor Castle: important because it’s extravagant or extravagant because it’s important? — By Jennifer Shipp

The day after we arrived in London, we packed up our belongings and stacked the luggage outside the Holiday Inn Express hotel where we’d stayed the night before. John pulled our rental car around from the parking area and we shoved everything that we could into the trunk and whatever was left into the back seat. We were grouchy and jetlagged and hadn’t really been properly nourished for at least 48 hours. ...
Stonehenge: A Place for Big Cats to Play — By Jennifer Shipp
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Stonehenge: A Place for Big Cats to Play — By Jennifer Shipp

It would be hard to get excited about the pile of rocks near Salisbury, UK if I hadn’t encountered so much hype about them ahead of time. Not to say that I regret going to Stonehenge. That’s not it. But rather just that it surprises me that people take the rock circle as seriously as they do when it’s a proven fact that no one really knows why they’re there. The vote is still out on the real reason why the ...
Mason’s Yard at Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire UK — By Jennifer Shipp
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Mason’s Yard at Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire UK — By Jennifer Shipp



Almost everyone has been to London, it seems. Or rather, if a person has traveled outside of North America, chances are they went to London. That’s cool. I don’t have a problem with that. But I struggled with the idea of staying in London for a whole week while we were in the UK because it just seemed like a trip that everyone’s done before.

I’m also not a big fan of ...
A Taste of Wyoming–In Iceland: The Gulfoss Falls and More — By Jennifer Shipp
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A Taste of Wyoming–In Iceland: The Gulfoss Falls and More — By Jennifer Shipp

We arrived on our flight from Denver to Iceland at 6:35 AM via Icelandair. At the airport, we had to rent a car from Sixt. Initially, we were going to rent a car from SAD Car Rentals because they were cheaper, but at the last minute we’d decided that cheaper was not always better, a lucky choice in the end because the SAD car rental fleet really is truly sad. A fellow with a woeful look on his face and a ...
The Tiber River: Photo Gallery
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The Tiber River: Photo Gallery

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The Vatican City and the Pope at St. Peter’s Square: Photo Gallery
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The Vatican City and the Pope at St. Peter’s Square: Photo Gallery

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