Baroque Hostel Budapest

I’m staying at the Baroque Hostel Budapest: vaulted ceilings, eclectic guests, friendly staff, interior courtyards, and entire wings hidden in wardrobes. I love it! There is so much to do and see nearby and the subway is just blocks away. There’s the huge Varosliget City Park right across the street with huge trees, many fantastic […]

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Santorini to Budapest

I met Tivea, Sam, and Stephania in a hostel in Heraklion and ended up staying with them on Santorini. I arrived by ferry, had a beer in port, caught the bus to Fira, rented a 100cc “ATV,” and eventually found their hotel after multiple google failures, a dead phone, and help from a very nice […]

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Cretan Sun

Chica! The other day Costas invited me on a hike through a nearby limestone gorge to commemorate the 40th day (apparently when an orthodox christian’s soul is released from purgatory or some such thing?) after two climbers died in the gorge after falling some 30m. Costas was hiking the gorge that day with a friend […]

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Greek Food, Drink, Music

My room Looking out over the central olive grove from my balcony With its immaculate rooms, gardens, pool, and sufficiently fast internet, Villea Village on the southeast coast of Crete is paradise. The days are quiet and hot, and the evenings mild and filled with friendly Europeans, Australians, music, food, drink, and laughter. The first […]

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Homage to Athena

The last day I was in Egypt, Hamdy and Momen took me out for one last sail on the Nile, and afterwards we went shopping and for Shesha till 1am. I thought Hamdy would get me some good deals on stuff, but the shops he brought me to were in full gouge-mode so I had […]

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God of the Dead, Goddesses of Protection

Few days ago went to the desert and climbed a mountain of limestone (they call it alabaster) with pervasive chert nodules. On top I found a wack of old pottery, some shelly fossils, and areas of chrinoidal limestone. That evening, over tea, we watched Amen Ra descend below the western desert horizon and the first […]

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The Nile in Style

Balcony of my new hotel! The other night I hit the light and sound show at Karnak Temple, 3km down the Sphinx Way from Luxor Temple. It was a full moon that night, and as darkness set in, a small group of us walked through the temple accompanied by sound effects such as chisel and […]

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It’s Nice to be Nice

Ginette, Hamdy, and Mark. The shits woke me up this morning at a decent time, so I went down to have breakfast and ran into some fellow tourist – apparently I’m not the only tourist here! Briefly talked with, Mark and Ginette, from Canada, and two lovely young ladies, Brynn and Christine, from the US. […]

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