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Saksaywaman Ruins: Photo Gallery
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Saksaywaman Ruins: Photo Gallery

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Driving in Mexico: Offroading in the Prius
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Driving in Mexico: Offroading in the Prius

In early 2017 when we drove from Guanajuato to Monterrey on our way back to the United States, we encountered some traffic. We kept watching cars go off into the ditch, but they were all bigger vehicles that could handle offroading. Finally, when we saw a few little cars go along the dirt road, we went for it (in our Toyota Prius). John still says that we got "really lucky" in making it, since we could've ...
Driving in Mexico: John Has to Pee…
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Driving in Mexico: John Has to Pee…

While driving in Mexico from Guanajuato to Monterrey, John needed to use the facilities. So, we pulled off into the outskirts of Dolores Hidalgo in Guanajuato State to try and find a rest stop. Along the way, we see a cemetery and some construction work.Related Posts:Driving in Mexico: The Outskirts of Dolores Hidalgo (video)Driving in Mexico: Guanajuato to Dolores Hidalgo (video)Driving in ...
Nepal Travel: Lydian vs. Bus
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Nepal Travel: Lydian vs. Bus

In this video, we're walking back to our vacation rental in Kathmandu after getting groceries. On the way, there are practically no sidewalks. During our walk Lydian walks out around a motorcycle parked along the road and gets grazed by a bus.Related Posts:Traffic in Nepal: Crossing the Dotted Line at Home vs. Abroad -- By Jennifer ShippKathmandu Tourism: Taxi Ride and Kathmandu Traffic ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: Auroville
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Pondicherry India Tourism: Auroville

Before traveling to Chennai, India, I had no idea what "Auroville" was. I thought the best tourist attraction in the area was the Kapaleeswarar Temple in Chennai...but Auroville did WOW us and not in the typical way that tourist attractions do either! Auroville is a city where a small cult of followers  worship a woman who calls herself The Mother. But shhhh...we don't talk about it, because there's NO ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: Chennai to Pondicherry Train
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Pondicherry India Tourism: Chennai to Pondicherry Train

In 2016, we took a train to Pondicherry from Chennai when we decided to visit Auroville, one of the places to visit in Pondicherry. The train ride was about 5 hours long, and Auroville itself was a short distance from the Pondicherry train station by taxi (there are plenty of cabs and tuk tuks waiting outside the train station). This video follows our adventure on the Indian train from Chennai to ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: People on the Train from Chennai to Pondicherry
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Pondicherry India Tourism: People on the Train from Chennai to Pondicherry

This video provides just a brief snapshot of the social situation on an Indian train from Chennai to Pondicherry in 2016. We were on this train for almost 5 hours, and we enjoyed every minute when there weren't as many passengers (while still trying to observe the unique social environment the rest of the time). We had booked a taxi to take us from Pondicherry back to Chennai instead of taking the train ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: Jennifer on Clothes and Not Sad Kid
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Pondicherry India Tourism: Jennifer on Clothes and Not Sad Kid

On the train from Chennai to Pondicherry, we saw a lot of things out the train window. In this video, Jennifer expresses some of her thoughts on women's clothing and other passengers on the train.Related Posts:Pondicherry India Tourism: Lost in Translation with John (video)Pondicherry India Tourism: People on the Train from Chennai to Pondicherry (video)Pondicherry India Tourism: Chennai to ...
Chennai Tourism: Waiting for a Taxi at 5am in Chennai
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Chennai Tourism: Waiting for a Taxi at 5am in Chennai

While waiting at 5am for a taxi to take us to the Egmore train station in Chennai for our trip to Pondicherry, we interacted with a thin (but sweet) black puppy outside our vacation rental.Related Posts:Pondicherry India Tourism: Lost in Translation with John (video)Pondicherry India Tourism: Chennai to Pondicherry Train (video)Pondicherry India Tourism: Auroville (video)Chennai, India ...
Pondicherry India Tourism: Lost in Translation with John
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Pondicherry India Tourism: Lost in Translation with John

We visited southern India in August 2016. While taking a taxi from Pondicherry back to Chennai, John had an interesting (but barely intelligible) conversation with our taxi driver. Poor John always gets stuck in these sorts of strange people situations...Related Posts:Pondicherry India Tourism: Auroville (video)Pondicherry India Tourism: Chennai to Pondicherry Train (video)Chennai Tourism: ...
Talking About the New FJ Cruiser in San Luis Potosi
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Talking About the New FJ Cruiser in San Luis Potosi

When we were driving back to the United States in our Toyota Prius, John couldn't stop talking about the new FJ Cruiser that we were going to be getting when we got back to Nebraska for our planned trip to Central America and South America. In this video, we drive through San Luis Potosi while John talks about how cool the FJ will be (when we have it).Related Posts:Driving in Mexico: "Offroading" in ...
Tijuana Mexico: Tijuana Vacation Rental Flood Part III
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Tijuana Mexico: Tijuana Vacation Rental Flood Part III

This video documents what happened when our vacation rental flooded in Tijuana in January 2017. Our experiences in Tijuana have been nothing but positive, though, so this event doesn't reflect our true perception of Tijuana. The city wasn't anything like what we were expecting, but in a good way. We enjoyed our time there, and we'd definitely recommend it! Just maybe don't stay right on the ...
Tijuana Mexico: Tijuana Vacation Rental Flood Part II
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Tijuana Mexico: Tijuana Vacation Rental Flood Part II

In January 2017 we visited Tijuana. We stayed in a vacation rental on the ocean, and at first we were all really excited about the views from the apartment. Until the Tijuana weather created a flooding situation when the rain came in through cracks around our window and from the apartment(s) upstairs. In this video, John talks about how he went upstairs to "break into" the apartment right above us to see if ...
Tijuana Mexico: Tijuana Vacation Rental Flood
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Tijuana Mexico: Tijuana Vacation Rental Flood

On our first trip to Tijuana in January 2017, we stayed in a vacation rental on the beach. The sound of waves at night was calming and the sunsets were gorgeous, but the flood that we experienced when a storm rolled through was decidedly not pleasant. The apartment building we were living in was evidently not very well equipped to handle storms, since the leaks that came through the windows were ...
Driving in Mexico: Rubber Chicken Squaks
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Driving in Mexico: Rubber Chicken Squaks

When we were in Guanajuato we bought 40+ rubber chickens from a nice farming family on the outskirts of town. We had intended to go to the Cristo Rey statue, but we ended up buying rubber chickens and spending some time with the family (they were all there, since they evidently all spent time together every Sunday afternoon) on their farm where they grew onions and peppers. On our way back to the United ...
Cafes in San Luis Potosi
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Cafes in San Luis Potosi

While driving in Mexico through San Luis Potosi on our way from Guanajuato to Monterrey, we noticed that there was an excessive number of cafes along the road.Related Posts:Altar to San Judas Tadeo (video)Driving in Mexico: Driving Through Monterrey, Mexico (video)Driving in Mexico: Monterrey to Nuevo Laredo (video)Driving in Mexico: Courteous Truck Drivers (video)Driving in Mexico: ...
Altar to San Judas Tadeo
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Altar to San Judas Tadeo

On our way from Monterrey to Nuevo Laredo we stopped alongside the road to take a bathroom break (there aren't many bathrooms or convenience stores between Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo). When we stopped, we found this altar to San Judas Tadeo (Judas Thaddeus) next to a fenced in area with chickens and a rooster. It looked like it was being actively managed by someone, although there didn't appear to be any ...
Traveling with Pets: The Kitties in Monterrey
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Traveling with Pets: The Kitties in Monterrey

When we travel between places, Garfield and Babylonia get really excited to see the new hotel rooms and vacation rentals. They spend the whole night wandering around and checking things out. When we first started out with them, they would be really upset about having to go in their carriers. But, now they know that at the end of the day they'll get to explore someplace new (so they behave themselves). ...
Traveling with Pets: Garfield Wants Out
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Traveling with Pets: Garfield Wants Out

He's a pretty good travel cat, but even poor Garfield has moments where he really doesn't like sitting in his cat bag... We have some sleepy treats on hand though that work wonders for the kitties. They're a must have item if you're driving with cats or taking them on a plane (or any form of transport, for that matter). The ones we have are herbal and chewable. ...
Traveling with Pets: The Kitties in Arizona
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Traveling with Pets: The Kitties in Arizona

Jennifer checks on Garfield and Babylonia as we drive through Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona on our way to Tijuana, Mexico. ...
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