June Update: Goodbye Tropics

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Travels

We left our house sit in Florida reluctant to leave the tropical weather behind  but excited to explore some of North America’s coolest cities. First up we reconnected with good friends (and met some new ones) in San Francisco, our favourite city. After the vegetarian wasteland that is South America (and even Florida for that matter) it was a joy to be in veggie heaven again. Everything was so good: from a cheap burrito in the Mission to a gourmet meal at vegetarian restaurant Greens complete with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.

We also loved wandering San Francisco’s diverse neighbourhoods, visiting the De Young and MOMA art museums, and getting an alternative view of the city from a beer trolley tour with locals.

It was truly difficult to leave this wonderful city but we moved on to Seattle where we ate our way around the Pike Place Market, enjoyed a rare sunny day in the Sculpture Park and Simon got to play drums again in the Experience Music Project Museum. Our stay was short as Canada was calling and we had the TBEX travel bloggers conference in Vancouver to attend. We listened to speakers share their wisdom on writing, video, photography, branding and monetisation. Simon even had a surprise appearance on the WordPress panel and had his first experience of public speaking in front of hundreds of people.

We tried our best to see as much of Vancouver as possible but our week was really about meeting up with awesome travel bloggers. It’s a beautiful city though and even the hockey riots didn’t ruin our impression of the friendly Canadians we met.

Now we are back in the UK to visit family and attend a friend’s wedding. It’s the first time we’ve been back in 16 months and although it’s great to see everyone the visit has only confirmed that this is no longer our home and we are even more committed to our nomadic lifestyle. The upside of being immersed in familiarity  is that we should have fresh eyes when we head off to Japan in August.

Never Ending Voyage Around the Web

The Lengthy Travel blog has linked to a number of our posts in their excellent travel guides to Bolivia and Peru including our posts on the Amazon, Sucre, Tupiza, the Salt Flats and Cusco.

Maiden Voyage’s latest Gen Y Travel Blog Carnival included our post on The Joys of House Sitting.

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9 Comments

  1. cool erin! i was wondering how it would go for you guys being home! fun to hear that you’re taking off again after a nice chunk of time with family and friends. exciting! wonder where we’ll meet up next! 🙂

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  2. Oh, I bummed — we’re going to be in England in early August but it looks like y’all will be off by then. 🙁 Hope we’ll get to meet up again somewhere else in the world.

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    • We’ve just decided to stay longer in the UK for various reasons so we’ll be here until mid August. Let us know where you’ll be and hopefully we can arrange something.

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  3. Hey guys,
    You all have had a wonderful few months and we love following along as you explored some of our favorite cities as well. San Francisco ranks in the top 5 cities we have ever been while Seattle holds a big part of our hearts since our closest friends are all there.

    We’re heading south tomorrow for England and would love to connect if your schedule permits. Hope you are enjoying the onset of summer. We look forward to the opportunity to finally meet in person.

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    • Ha! I’m wearing a winter coat while all the Brits are stripping off. It’s not my ideal summer weather but at least the sun is coming out sometimes.

      Let us know where you are and hopefully we can arrange something. We are up North for a week then down near London, then back up to Manchester.

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