Jodi on September 12th, 2008

Tolken fans might be surprised to learn there is another middle earth. We bypassed Tolken’s middle earth in New Zealand, so the least we could do was visit the Ecuadorian one. Mitad del Mundo is the equatorial line (or close enough to it), dividing the Northern and Southern hemispheres. We were told it was like Disneyland. [...]

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Jodi on September 11th, 2008

The neighborhood we are staying in seems to be relatively safe, our Spanish teacher was quite concerned because he thought we were further south. The most populated tourist areas, old town and new town, are the dangerous areas—being sandwiched in between them leaves us a corridor of safety. We spent our first day in Quito wandering the [...]

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Jodi on September 10th, 2008

Embarking on this trip was no simple feat. We believe hitting the road would be significantly more difficult without the help of our RTW saviors. Here´s a shout out to those folks that are storing our belongings and caring for Lucy. Sylvia and Dave We are not sure how we will ever be able to [...]

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Jodi on September 10th, 2008

Oh, the places we´ll go We´re off and away We´ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care. About some we will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With our heads full of brains and our shoes full of feet, we´re too smart to go down any not-so-good street. And we may [...]

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Jodi on September 7th, 2008

I could be wrong, but I do not recall anyone mentioning the hard part about all of this RTW business–leaving your friends and family. Maybe it is because we are in our early 30′s and most RTW travelers tend to be younger, but uprooting ourselves is more difficult than I expected. Everyone asks whether we are [...]

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