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Feb 17, 2010 - Home and Readjusting

Travels were uneventful, although I almost missed my plane (standing in the wrong Miami line after my gate was changed and I didn't catch the Spanish announcement) but thanks to the usual Venezuelan hospitality, a customs guy remembered my name and searched the airport, knowing I was there somewhere, until he found me and led me (by the hand!) to my proper gate. Ken did have some troubles with a gate agent who confiscated our beloved footstool (bought in the jungle and hauled around for the rest of the trip), claiming it was too large to go...

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Jan 9, 2010 - Packing list for a month in a backpack

It's always the worst part, isn't it?  Figuring out what you need, then doing the hokey pokey to close your luggage.  If you're planning a month in an equatorial country with hopes for some off-the-beaten path adventures, maybe you'll be interested in reviewing our final cut.  Between us, this is the 4th South American trip which involves some level of remote activity like camping or climbing, so while it's not perfect, there's a bit of experience behind the list. Our criteria is one pack per person; if it can't go on your back, it stays...

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Jan 7, 2010 - Musings: Books or iPod?

Would you trade books for an iPod on a month-long trip? What if you could download audiobooks? What if you could load and read books on your iPod like the Amazon Kindle? The Pros: Luggage space Lots of free downloads.  Librivox.com has lots of audiobooks from the public domain, and my library allows me to "check out" up to 6 audiobooks at a time. For screen reading, Barnes & Noble has a free app called eReader Pro, and it also has free downloads of many books in the public domain (also lots of Harlequin freebies. Ooh la la!). Cons: Battery...

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Jan 1, 2010 - Pre-Trip Jitters: Money in Venezuela

This might be boring to most of you, but as it's been one of my biggest areas of concern while prepping for this trip, I'm going to create an entry and update it as I have additional information. As I understand it, ol' Hugo gets to set the exchange rate, and it doesn't fluctuate with the market the way most currencies do. He's set it so that $1 = 2.1 Bs (Bs are the Venezuelan currency, "Bolivares"). If we go to a bank or money exchange in the airport, or use an ATM, this is the rate we'll get. However, this means that our trip will be more...

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Feb 2, 2009 - Home Again

We made it home in time for Ken to attend his first Planning Commission meeting (he's Carlton's latest addition to the 6-member commission) on Monday night. After 2.5 weeks with my dogsitter/cousin Ed, Bo barely registered our arrival and even now, 9 days later, he still prefers to lounge in Ed's room over his doggie bed in the living room. (So much for the loyalty of man's best friend.) [Postscript: as it turns out, Bo's symptoms got worse and he was shortly diagnosed with lymphoma. We lost him on 3/20 and the house still seems quiet...

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