Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review – Thanks to All of You Who Helped to Make My Blog a Success

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

Holiday 2014 – Back Home and Planning for The Next Phase

So, what’s up next for our intrepid travelers? Our return home went smoothly, slipping easily into a new routine that would carry us forward until our departure for the west coast in mid-December. For Joanna this means volunteering at the Horse Protection Society of North Carolina Inc., a horse rescue operation in China Grove once […]

Europe 2014 – A Summary – Part Three

The bottom line is that this wasn’t a low cost endeavor, even though we camped and from time to time stayed with folks we know. I maintained a daily log of our expenses broken down into seven categories; Lodging, Food, Culture (museums, entrance fees, concerts, etc.), Miscellaneous, Public Transportation and Parking, Tolls, and Gas. Cash […]

Europe 2014 – A Summary – Part Two

So what exactly does it take on the expense side to travel for nearly six months in Europe? A big chunk of the cost is getting there and back and providing for transportation, a bit of which I’ve examined an earlier post. What follows in the next two posts is the complete breakdown. Pre-Trip Expenses […]

Europe 2014 – A Summary – Part One

We’ve been back in the States now for a little over a month and have settled into a nice routine that may or may not be the one we pursue in the future. We’re currently on the road, driving to the west coast for the holidays, a trip that will last about six weeks. Throughout […]

Europe 2014 – A Recap – Part Five

The rest of the gear was comprised mainly of equipment we’ve collected and used during many years of camping. I won’t cover all of the small pieces we took along, instead placing a focus on the key components that made living out of the back of the car fairly comfortable. For cooking, we used three […]

Europe 2014 – A Recap – Part Four

With the car decision made in early 2013, we could begin to assemble the gear we’d be taking, freed from having to reduce what we would take with us because we could now ship it all in the car. This proved to be both a blessing and a curse. To be perfectly honest, we took […]