Day Trip to Leiden, Netherlands

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This lion is so metal he wields a broadsword.

This lion is so metal he wields a broadsword. Seen outside the town’s renaissance-era fortress.

Today we took a day trip to Leiden.

My god, what a charming little town. Not the kind of phrase I’m used to saying, but Leiden was really beautiful. It has the canals you’d expect to see in the Netherlands, as well as handsome older buildings.

Honestly, I don’t know much else to say, so here’s some photos!

First Windmill Leiden

I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot of these.

A Coat Wall Poetry Leiden Netherlands

Love me some Yeats.

Volksbadhuis Leiden

There were a lot of buildings with this cool hand-lettered signage. I really liked the contrast.


Bridge over Canal Leiden

Bridge Leiden

The same bridge, but bigger.

First Windmill Leiden

Our first windmill!

Mural in Leiden, Netherlands with a giant eyeball and tiny santa clause and bishop.

Mural near the train station.

M.C. Escher in The Hague

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Sunshine Autumn HagueStill in The Hague.

Had to skip writing yesterday because I was running on 4.5 hours of sleep and just couldn’t pull it together. Sometimes changing hotel rooms every few days catches up with you.

Great fun yesterday as we checked out the M.C. Escher museum here in Den Haag. I’ve been a big fan of Escher since childhood, so I was surprised to find a number of prints and sketches I’d never seen before. The whole first floor of the museum is dedicated to his earlier work, before he started with all the imaginary mindscapes.

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Renting a House in Roatan (West End)

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It’s the high season in Roatán, which means most of the available residential rentals are taken. Though there were some options online, we knew from our experience traveling that we’re better off waiting until we arrive to find a place.
So once we got here, the first 4 or 5 days were spent finding a new place. Here are a few tips on how we did it. Read more

The Most Talented Bus Caller I Have Ever Met – Bus from Puno to Arequipa

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So in some South American countries, including Peru, bus stations have men calling out the destinations so you know what bus to get on. This works marginally better than say, a sign, but I’ve become fascinated with these guys, because some of them are really good. When we booked our bus to Arequipa, I started talking to the guy behind the desk about destination calling, and I convinced him to let me take a video of him calling out Arequipa.

Check out how many times this guy can say Arequipa in just a few seconds. Warning, there is unintentionally some nudity in this video due to the scandalous calendar hanging on the bus station office wall.

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A Month in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, Peru

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Hike Outside OllantaytamboOllantaytambo is a little village in the Sacred Valley of Peru, an hour and a half from Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. We came here right after Machu Picchu to relax and recuperate, as something about high-altitude hiking combined with party-induced sleep deprivation makes me susceptible to colds. After just a few days here, we were so comfortable that we decided to make Ollantaytambo our home for a few weeks, which quickly became a month. Read more