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October 6th, 2008

Taken from Massai Village while traveling through Tanzania on the East Africa trip.

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Tallinn on an Early Autumn Morning
Delhi: Jantar Mantar
Delhi: President's Palace
Delhi: Lotus Temple
Delhi: Qutb Minar
Fatehpur Sikri
Agra: Akbar's Tomb
Indian Food
Agra: Taj Mahal
Agra: Red Fort
Lode Lutheran Church
Irbene Radio Telescope and Ghost Town
Niasviz Palace and Church
Mir Castle
Driving through the Belarus countryside
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May 18th, 2010

Last time I said we weren't going to Belize... that didn't work out. We went, the whole trip took 19 days, and we had a great time. I'm going to upload pictures and write a summary sometime soon.

So much expensive traveling already done before our big summer trip starts out has left my finances a bit stretched, but we're definitely going ahead with the summer trip. I've booked the flight to China (to Xi'an through Shanghai) and hotels for the first nights in all the places (London, Toronto, Boston, Xi'an), as well as reserved a car for all 6 weeks in USA, and our passports are in the Chinese embassy for visas.

The trip outline is approx. this - 1 day in London, 3 days in Toronto, 45 days in USA, 32 days in China, 10 days in Tibet, 6 days in Nepal for sights, 16 days in Nepal for hiking, 20 days in India (might be less if hiking in Nepal takes longer) and 1 day to fly back home making for a total of 134 days.

The ticket home isn't booked yet, so the schedule isn't final yet, but that's what it most likely will look like.

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March 7th, 2010

Now THIS is winter!

We're back from the trip to Lapland, in Northern Europe. It was great - 9 days, 3200kms driven through absolutely blindingly white winter, ice hotel, moose, reindeer, driving snowmobiles and dog sleds, ice fishing, learned downhill skiing and more and more. This was probably the most action packed week we had in the last half a year.

You can read more about it here.

We were planning a trip to Switzerland, but have decided not to go ahead with it after all. We did a fair bit of skiing in Finland, and would like to leave that for another (probably next) year. Don't want to pack it all in a single year. My brother also invited me to a trip to Belize, but it looks like we won't be able to go. I still want to save up more money for the summer trip, Liene has to finish her master's thesis and more stuff that we need to do in Latvia.

Summer trip? Oh yes, if things go ahead as planned, we're going around the world, again. The plan is, of course, huge, including everything from USA to Vanuatu to Borneo to Tibet. I really want to include a large overland portion in this trip, but I don't know how well that will pan out. I really want to go to Tibet and India, and there's no easy way to make it back home overland from India.

To finish things off, here's one from the Ice Hotel:

(yes, that is a hallway made from ice)

Current Travel Status

January 6th, 2010

We're going ahead with the winter trip to Northern Scandinavia. The whole trip is going to take 9 days, and I had to sell a kidney to afford it, but I have planned great things - Ice Hotel, snowmobile tour in high mountain valley with moose safari and ice fishing, running a dog sled, skiing in Finland's Levi ski resort including a room with a private sauna, Ranua widelife park, Oulu, Tallinn, Tartu, Baltic's "highest peak".

The trip to Switzerland is up in the air. It will take at least 2 weeks, but we have a lot of stuff we both want to do in Latvia - finishing Master's thesis, English courses, driving courses, yoga, dentist, working on websites... yes, incredibly enough, these is interesting stuff other than travel in this world.

The second trip around the world is going ahead this summer. I have already bought airplane tickets Riga -> London -> Toronto (with a stop for the U2 show) -> Boston (4th of July) -> Portland, where we rent a car for over a month to drive throughout the west, ending in Los Angeles. From there on we will probably go to Shanghai, spend a month in China, exiting overland to Nepal. Details still have to be decided upon.