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Destinations

Update: 2 months in South Africa

Deanna Martin
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November 17, 2017
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South Africa

Phew! Good thing we’re not operating on deadlines for posting.

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Destinations

Switzerland, it’s not even fair

Deanna Martin
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November 14, 2017
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Switzerland

I’m convinced Switzerland is not a real place. It must have been a shared hallucination (folie a deux if you care about the name of that psychological condition) that Kolt and I had for 5 days.

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Destinations

A quick bike around Vienna

Deanna Martin
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November 14, 2017
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Austria

Since we were in central Europe for a bit, we thought we should take advantage of the train system and explore another iconic city, Vienna.

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Video

Video from Vienna

Kolt Martin
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November 14, 2017
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Austria

Beautiful palaces, amazing artwork and a ton of bike riding. Vienna really surprised us with it's energy and vibrance.

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Video

Video from Prague

Kolt Martin
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November 14, 2017
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Czech Republic

Hanging out and seeing the sites of Prague with two of our most favorite people.

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Destinations

Real Time Update: We are in South Africa

Deanna Martin
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September 28, 2017
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South Africa

We're here!

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Video

Video from Germany

Kolt Martin
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September 23, 2017
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Germany

During our time in Germany we made a short stop in Berlin, visited some friends in the small village of Bergneustadt and spent an afternoon in Cologne.

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Destinations

Honeymoon crashing in Prague

Deanna Martin
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September 14, 2017
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Czech Republic

Had a fantastic time galavanting around a classic European city with two of our favorite lovebirds!

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Reflections

Friends across the globe

Deanna Martin
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September 14, 2017
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Germany

We have some pretty fantastic friends that welcome and inspire us. If you're reading this, you're probably one of them!

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Destinations

Berlin and a brief return to the western world

Deanna Martin
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September 14, 2017
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Germany

A very quick but successful stop in Berlin, relaxing in the comforts of a more familiar culture

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Destinations

Fes and Marrakech

Deanna Martin
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November 29, 2017
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Morocco

Leaving Chefchaouen was a bit trickier than arriving. The buses were sold out by the time we tried to book (the night before we left), so we took guidance from our hostel reception and traveled like the locals on the taxis.

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Destinations

Moroccan Desert Trek

Deanna Martin
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November 29, 2017
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Morocco

During our months of travel, we scheduled ourselves 2 big splurges. The first was getting SCUBA certified in Thailand. The second was taking a 3 day escorted tour from Fes to Marrakech, stopping at different highlights and spending a night in the Sahara desert.

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Destinations

Morocco: The Blue City of Chefchaouen

Deanna Martin
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November 29, 2017
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Morocco

Morocco has been my travel crush for years now. I was intoxicated with the photos of vibrant markets, dusty ancient streets, and hazy desert landscapes.

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Destinations

Update: 2 months in South Africa

Deanna Martin
|
November 17, 2017
|
South Africa

Phew! Good thing we’re not operating on deadlines for posting.

Read More
Destinations

Switzerland, it’s not even fair

Deanna Martin
|
November 14, 2017
|
Switzerland

I’m convinced Switzerland is not a real place. It must have been a shared hallucination (folie a deux if you care about the name of that psychological condition) that Kolt and I had for 5 days.

Read More
Destinations

A quick bike around Vienna

Deanna Martin
|
November 14, 2017
|
Austria

Since we were in central Europe for a bit, we thought we should take advantage of the train system and explore another iconic city, Vienna.

Read More
Destinations

Real Time Update: We are in South Africa

Deanna Martin
|
September 28, 2017
|
South Africa

We're here!

Read More
Destinations

Honeymoon crashing in Prague

Deanna Martin
|
September 14, 2017
|
Czech Republic

Had a fantastic time galavanting around a classic European city with two of our favorite lovebirds!

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Destinations

Berlin and a brief return to the western world

Deanna Martin
|
September 14, 2017
|
Germany

A very quick but successful stop in Berlin, relaxing in the comforts of a more familiar culture

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Destinations

Jordan

Deanna Martin
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September 4, 2017
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Jordan

Our first time to the Middle East was full of learning, laughter and stunning sights

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Food

The South African Braai

Kolt Martin
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December 5, 2017
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South Africa

I’m together thrilled and concerned by the amount of meat they eat here in South Africa.

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Food

Haret Jdoundna

Kolt Martin
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September 14, 2017
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Jordan

Wow! This might be my favorite meal of our travels so far.

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Food

Kottu Rotti in Sri Lanka

Kolt Martin
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August 30, 2017
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Sri Lanka

It’s a burrito. It’s a salad. It’s a stir fry. It’s Kottu Rotti.

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Food

Dosas in Delhi

Kolt Martin
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August 21, 2017
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India

While visiting our friend Elizabeth in Delhi she took us out for Dosas which are one of her favorite Indian foods. A dosa is a thin crispy crepe-like pancake with a savory filling.

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Food

The Street Food of Bangkok

Kolt Martin
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July 31, 2017
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Thailand

Bangkok is known for it’s great street food so during our one-day stop we decided explore what the city had to offer.

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Food

Conveyor Belt Sushi

Kolt Martin
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July 10, 2017
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Japan

Fun, fast, efficient, and delicious. I’ve seen the sushi promise land and the world will never be the same.

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Food

Ippudo Ramen

Kolt Martin
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July 3, 2017
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Japan

While visiting our friends Austin and Nagisa in Tokyo, they took us to Ippudo Ramen. We both love Ramen and it was at the top of our list of food to try while we were there.

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Food

Jim's Steaks

Kolt Martin
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June 22, 2017
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Philadelphia, U.S.A

While on a road trip from Pennsylvania to Virginia, we decided to take a quick stop off in Philadelphia for an authentic Philly Cheese Steak. Neither of us had spent much time in Philadelphia so we asked a friend who grew up in the area for her recommendation. She told us Jim's Steaks on South Street, "hands down".

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Reflections

Homeward Bound

Deanna Martin
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December 7, 2017
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United States

After three months of travel and three months in South Africa we are finally heading home. Read on to hear more about our next steps.

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Reflections

Morocco Mamas

Deanna Martin
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December 7, 2017
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Morocco

An unlikely encounter in Fes that became a surprisingly hilarious antidote to homesickness

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Reflections

Friends across the globe

Deanna Martin
|
September 14, 2017
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Germany

We have some pretty fantastic friends that welcome and inspire us. If you're reading this, you're probably one of them!

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Reflections

The Joy and the Peril of the Dead Sea

Deanna Martin
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September 4, 2017
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Jordan

Laugh with me at my own stupidity (again), and find out just how accurate the naming of the Dead Sea really is!

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Reflections

The Day We Should Have Been Robbed

Deanna Martin
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August 21, 2017
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India

A day when we did something stupid but humanity cut us a break.

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Reflections

A word from our sponsor

Deanna Martin
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July 31, 2017
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Thailand

Our time in Thailand brought to you by: Traveller’s Diarrhea

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Reflections

Kyoto day of defeat

Deanna Martin
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July 20, 2017
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Japan

An entertaining take on a rough day in Kyoto.

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Reflections

Dear Chicago

Deanna Martin
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June 16, 2017
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United States

An open letter to the city that we call home and the people who make it so special.

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Video

Video from Italy

Kolt Martin
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July 12, 2018
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Italy

Our road trip through Italy took us from the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast to countryside of Tuscany. What a beautiful drive!

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Video

Bonus Videos: South Africa & London

Kolt Martin
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March 4, 2018
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South Africa

Now that we're settling back into life here in Chicago, I thought I'd post some videos of the fun times we had in South Africa and London.

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Video

Video from Morocco

Kolt Martin
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November 29, 2017
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Morocco

See the beautiful colors, winding streets, and breathtaking landscapes of this amazing country.

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Video

Video from Switzerland

Kolt Martin
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November 17, 2017
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Switzerland

Switzerland has definitely made it into my list of most beautiful places in the world.

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Video

Video from Vienna

Kolt Martin
|
November 14, 2017
|
Austria

Beautiful palaces, amazing artwork and a ton of bike riding. Vienna really surprised us with it's energy and vibrance.

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Video

Video from Prague

Kolt Martin
|
November 14, 2017
|
Czech Republic

Hanging out and seeing the sites of Prague with two of our most favorite people.

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Video

Video from Germany

Kolt Martin
|
September 23, 2017
|
Germany

During our time in Germany we made a short stop in Berlin, visited some friends in the small village of Bergneustadt and spent an afternoon in Cologne.

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Video

Video from Wadi Rum & the King's Highway

Kolt Martin
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September 4, 2017
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Jordan

Off roading in the Wadi Rum desert and touring The King's Highway, an ancient trade route connecting Africa with Mesopotamia.

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Video

Video from Petra

Kolt Martin
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September 4, 2017
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Jordan

There were so many amazing sights in the ancient city of Petra that it took us two days to see it all.

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Video

Video from Sri Lanka

Kolt Martin
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August 30, 2017
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Sri Lanka

Festivals, beautiful train rides, and some more amazing hiking. Sri Lanka did not disappoint.

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