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A Farmstay in Eggiwil, Switzerland

A Farmstay in Eggiwil, Switzerland

Finding affordable accommodations in Switzerland is not the easiest task in the world. When we were headed there in October 2012, we searched and searched for a place that wasn’t too far South from the majority of things we wanted to see, and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. We fortunately found an airbnb.com rental in Eggiwil, which is a municipality in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Eggiwil is about 45...

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Camping in Brookings Oregon

Camping in Brookings Oregon

Now that the weather is turning cold in Southern Oregon, I can more-happily reflect on record-setting summer temperatures that recently exceeded 100 degrees. Temperatures that high tend to drive us either indoors or out of town! As mentioned in our previous post, Brookings, Oregon is a favorite escape where we can quickly be at the beach and Redwoods or simply enjoy some hiking for the day. This summer we...

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Indian Sands Trail in Brookings, Oregon

Indian Sands Trail in Brookings, Oregon

There are so many little nooks and crannies we have yet to discover in Southern Oregon. One of our favorite day trips is to Brookings, the southernmost coastal city in Oregon. We like to go there for a quick visit to the beach, hiking, and even camping. The time we happened across a turnoff just north of Brookings labeled “Indian Sands”. As we pulled into the large circular parking area, we saw some...

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The Best Things in Life Aren’t Free

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Free

I confess, whenever I hear someone say, “The best things in life are free”…it kind of gets under my skin. I understand why they’re saying it, of course, but I think it undermines a whole lot of other philosophies on life and money. My perspective on money has changed greatly over the years. I’ve always been naturally inclined to be thrifty…spending my high school years...

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Have you made a new friend, lately?

Have you made a new friend, lately?

The speed in which you form friendships while traveling is unlike any other friendship-making we’ve experienced. In contrast, we’ve found that friendships made in “normal life” develop painfully slow. It seems they follow these unwritten rules of mandatory stages. First, you meet under the pretenses of casual conversation which must take place repeatedly for quite some time. After it was been...

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"Real Life" vs the Travel Lifestyle

"Real Life" vs the Travel Lifestyle

People ask us what it is like to live a “normal” life now, assuming that we’re just itching to escape and go on the run again. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that we haven’t returned to “real life”…we’re experiencing “real life” for the first time! Jared and I met in Alaska back in 2002, and we have lived anything but a normal life since. We married in Spring...

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An American Embassy Goof and Indoor Pool in Frankfurt, Germany

An American Embassy Goof and Indoor Pool in Frankfurt, Germany

We had to make a trip to the American Embassy in Frankfurt in order to update the girls’ passports, which were getting too close to expiration to use for our upcoming travel plans. We had made an effort to update their passports several months earlier when we visited the states, but were disappointed to learn that we had to re-furnish the girls’ original birth certificates. Long story short—the...

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Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace

Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace

We spent a day visiting the Ludwig II’s most noteworthy castles in Bavaria. Ludwig II became the King of Bavaria (what is now Southern Germany) when he was only 18 years old, and he is most remembered for his contribution to Germany’s extravagant architecture, and not to politics.  He poured his own private funds (and those borrowed from his family and whomever would give him loans) into elaborate...

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Adventures in Innsbruck, Austria

Adventures in Innsbruck, Austria

It’s hard not to fall in love with Austria and Southern Germany when everywhere you look, you think you’re in a storybook. We stopped briefly in Innsbruck for an afternoon to walk around. Innsbruck is located halfway between Munich and Verona (Italy). We didn’t make it to either one this Fall, but we will someday. It’s kind of picturesque…don’t you think? It’s located in Western Austria,...

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Oberammergau and Mittenwald, Germany

Oberammergau and Mittenwald, Germany

After our lovely diesel/gasoline mixup, we landed at our reserved room in Oberammergau during the late night hours. Thank goodness we already had a place lined up—because we have learned that you don’t want to be searching for a room late at night in Germany (good luck finding one)! This place happened to be a room rented on a family farm. We had to walk through the family’s home and up the stairs to...

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Hitscherhof Farm Fest in Germany

Hitscherhof Farm Fest in Germany

We enjoyed a visit in late Fall to the Hitscherhof Farm Fest, which is located in between the villages of Thalweischweiler Froeschen and Rieschweiler, southwest of Frankfurt, Germany. Jared’s Aunt and Uncle often go to this festival in late September, so we were excited our visit coincided with the festival! The festival has a Farmer’s and Craft Market with more than 80 participants. A lot of pumpkin and...

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The Diesel/Gasoline Mixup

The Diesel/Gasoline Mixup

Well, it happened. Trust me, it’s a mistake you never want to make. I am fortunate to have a husband that pampers me in many ways, and one of those ways is in never requesting that I filled up a vehicle or drive, unless I want to. Well, I never really want to. So—when we stopped at a gas station in Innsbruck, Austria, Jared was filling us up when suddenly he stopped the pump and said to me, “Oh no! I...

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