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Susan and Terran Travel the World
22 Jan 2012 Holiday Letter 2011
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Dear friends, family, and loved ones,

First, we must apologize for not getting out a holiday letter last year.  Rest assured: if you did not get a letter from us, it is not because we dropped you from our list, or because we love you any less, but because we were slackers and did not get a holiday letter out to anybody last year!  Though, in our defense, there were extenuating circumstances last winter.  More on that later.  :-)  At any rate, this somewhat extended holiday letter will have to stand for two years. more…

10 Sep 2009 Exploring Caledonia: Part I

A Week in Caledonia

I began writing this shortly before we left Britain, but then life caught up, and in the chaos of returning to the US, it got set aside. As I write these words now, it has been nearly a month and a half since we landed in the US and a month since we returned to Albuquerque.  Life has been…  Very good, but very busy since the return.  But the memories of Britain and Europe are still strong, and part of our hearts still live there, I think.

So now I flip back through my notes and the feel and scents of Scotland return to me.  I will do my best to transcribe some of them, but there’s a great deal to say, so this may take more than one post and some time to get out.  (Not aided, I know, by my incurable verbosity.)  Think of it as a slow-motion discovery for each of you — you’ll never know when another bit of it will pop up.  But I’ll do my best to at least finish up Scotland before, oh, say, Christmas…

One of the final tour targets for the great Rati-Lane British Isles tours was Scotland. We’d been hoping to hit all of the major regions/countries of the British Isles (England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland), but we still missed Ireland.  Ah well — good reason to return at some point.  ;-)

We had to decide on something, and we had really needed a work-free vacation, so we packed our bags and headed North.  A lot happens in a week of intense vacationing, so there’s quite a bit to report.  We’ll start with:

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29 Jul 2009 A very, very big hole in the ground
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When I was maybe four years old, my parents took me to Mammoth Caves.  Reputedly, I remarked, “Big hole in the ground!”

Indeed.  Almost definitively so, one would say…

But Susan had never seen this particular big hole in the ground, though we’ve toured Carlsbad Caverns a few times and we love that cave system.  So while we were in Kentucky, we decided to take a day and zoom down to Cave City (no shit — they really named the city that) and see Mammoth Caves…

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16 Jul 2009 Leaving the Shire, Mr. Frodo

As I write this, we’re sitting in the airplane at Heathrow, about to take off for the US.  For home and the end of a wild, wonderful, eye-opening, strange, and sometimes stressful year. more…

28 Jun 2009 The Continent Part III: City of Water
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With our approximately one-and-a-half free days before our return flight from Hannover, we decided to dive-bomb tourist Amsterdam.  We were “close” (in the sense that, say, Detroit is “close” to Chicago), so we decided to go for it.  We had heard a lot about how lovely the city is, and we wanted to be able to chalk up one more country while we were abroad.  And what the hey, it’s just more time on the train.  ;-)  Here’s part 3 of our Continental Whirlwind Tour: more…

28 Jun 2009 The Continent Part II: Music, Music, Music!
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Following our time in Wiesbaden, we headed on to DFDF for some relaxing music.  Here’s part 2 of our Continental Whirlwind Tour: more…

28 Jun 2009 The Continent Part I: Taking the Waters, Roman Style
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In our ongoing efforts to stay terribly behind on the travel blog, I started writing this on the train to Scotland and finished it in the Youth Hostel in Kirkwall on Orkney, about a trip that happened… Going on a month ago, now.  startled Woo — the slipperiness of time…

So this all ended up a bit long (because I’m uncontrollably verbose), so I’m cutting it into three parts.  Here’s part 1:
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09 Jun 2009 Ten centuries of might and fear
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One of the many “back blogs” that we’ve been queuing up to post…  Again, a bit of history, but mostly pix… more…

17 May 2009 Rocks Rock! More on Stonehenge et al.

I have been meaning to follow up on the Stonehenge/Avebury trip, beyond the teaser photos that we posted. more…

17 May 2009 Did someone tell you British food was bad?
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So, before we came to London, we’d heard plenty of tales of the bland and boring British food.  I have no idea what people who talk like this have been smoking.  Maybe I don’t know what what THEY consider to be good food.  We’ve been having a great time eating in the UK, both at restaurants and in our own kitchens. more…