Category - RTW

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Medellin, Cartagena and a Bout of Travel...

Cartagena, Colombia –The Hotel Stil is an eleven-story relic of the late nineteen-sixties or seventies that isn’t good at wearing its age. Everything about it is weathered. Humidity hangs in the foyers like an old wet blanket on a forgotten...

Cartagena, looking north towards the Caribbean

End of the South American Line –...

Cartagena, Colombia – After a fourteen-and-a-half hour bus ride from Medellin, I arrived in Cartagena this morning, the northernmost point I plan to reach on the South American continent. The snap above, taken from the top floor of my hotel...

‘Around the World’, at 120 Days

Today, 21 May 2013, marks 120 days since I began this Around The World Trip, exactly four months to the day, and the first day of the 18th week. It’s been an amazing ride. And in many ways, it’s only just begun. To mark the occasion...

Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Lima and the First...

Lima – Last Wednesday, May Day, unceremoniously marked Day No. 100 of my Around the World Trip. I devoted about five minutes of my typically deliberate breakfast time to scribbling notes about the milestone in my journal, but found myself...

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Pink Fountains, Flying Pigs, Ernesto...

There are two fountains in Mendoza’s gritty central Plaza Independencia. The larger one, in the center of the square, features carefully choreographed cascades set before a wide sculpture marking key moments in the city’s post-Columbian...

The Ventisquero Sound, Puerto Puyuhuapi, Chile

Leaving Patagonia, Slowly: RTW, The First...

In the early days of January I sketched out the only rough timeline that would ever be produced for my current round the world trip. According to that document, one hastily scribbled onto a moving box, I would be saying my goodbyes to the...

Wardrobe and accessories for the next 14 months

For Better or Worse – My RTW Packing...

The internet needs another long-term travel packing list about as much as Barack Obama and Henry Kissinger deserve another Nobel Peace Prize. But mine’s different. Mainly because I’m a guy who doesn’t always forget that...