So I’ve been really bad at updating this website this year. Life has been busy. That said, I figured I should add a few photos of our adventures over the last six months. I have changed jobs and my new work has brought me to rural Ohio and Phoenix. I was treated with the most amazing sunrise over the Rockies on my way to Phoenix and an illuminating life experience when visiting the Amish in Ohio.
We celebrated four years home this year. It’s weird to think that we’ve been back in the US for four years since it feels like yesterday we were coming back from our travels. Now, the memories we have are no longer current and the world has changed quite a bit. We talk quite a bit about World Trip #2. Maybe it’ll happen sooner than later 🙂
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My work sent me to Texas at the right time of year – the spring wildflowers were in bloom! It was amazing to see fields and fields of flowers. I had no idea spring bloom was a thing in rural Texas and it was serendipitous I was in the region at the right time. In many ways it felt like all the different places we’ve been in the world at the right time to see once-in-a-year or rare events – like cherry blossoms in Japan and Washington DC, fall colors in the Smoky Mountains, Canada Day in Jasper, being in Alaska for the once nice week of beautiful sunny weather, visiting Romania when elderberries are in bloom so we could drink elderberry lemonade, International Fireworks Competition in Quebec City, the banks being shut down in Greece, being in Hawaii for the Jacarandas in bloom and the lava in flow, and so on. It was really special to see the bloom!
Rural Texas is a strange place. It’s flat, generally not interesting, kinda run down, but there are surprises. From amazing food located in the middle of nowhere to interesting archeological sites, Texas seems to have something for everyone. There’s a new-ish national monument in Waco dedicated to the Columbian Mammoths. We had a bit of downtime so a colleague and I went to the site – it was pretty interesting!
All in all, it was a good trip.
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After visiting Quebec City we had a short two or so hour drive to Montreal. We didn’t really have a lot of time in Montreal. We did take the time to eat at a couple of Montreal Institutions like Fairmont Bagels and Schwartz meat’s. We hiked up Mount Royal to get a beautiful view of the Montreal skyline. We had a great host in a neat neighborhood kind of south of downtown. The morning we left we walked over to Atwater Market and enjoyed some delicious pastries before we left.
The park below Mt. Royal had a lot going on. Lots of people playing drums, fighting each other with foam covered swords, smoking pot, laying around in the shade, biking, hiking, and running. Lot’s to do!
I wish we had more time in Montreal, maybe we’ll go back some day.
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Leaving to China from Albany is surprisingly complicated. There aren’t a lot of good flight times from Albany and it’s a lot more expensive to fly from the east coast of the US to China. So, I decided to route my trip through Vancouver and get a free afternoon in the city to run around. It was more spectacular than I thought – very beautiful, it smelled great, lots of places to eat, plenty of things to see and, of course, everyone’s very nice!
While walking around, I heard a local remark, “we finally have a nice day”. I’m glad that “nice day” happened to be when I was there!
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The New York area was originally colonized by the Dutch. Given that, there’s still a lot of Dutch things happening around the area. One of those things is the annual tulip festival in Washington Park. Many thousands of tulips of many different varieties along with lots of food and other entertainment. It was a fun time!
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