Category Archives: Tim Fisher

Visiting the Turkish Beaches

There comes a time when everyone’s travel blog falls embar­rass­ingly behind. I’m afraid Laughingabroad.com is almost three months (maybe more?) behind. It’s not all bad, though, because there is some good news for our Cana­dian read­ers who, I under­stand, are knee high deep in snow already. Today we will be talk­ing about our visit to the beach(es).

In a coun­try where peo­ple say it is becom­ing more Mus­lim by the day, the last thing that comes to mind is lib­eral beaches.  But, Turkey’s beaches are famous for tiny biki­nis, drink­ing, and, well, for being very Euro­pean. Con­tinue read­ing

The Bulgaria Files: Part 3 — Abandonned UFO-like Soviet Building

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Every once in a while there is an oppor­tu­nity to do some­thing that seems like a good idea, but for a vari­ety of rea­sons — maybe cost, time, or that gut feel­ing say­ing ‘don’t bother’ — you decide against it. We almost decided against this, but some nag­ging feel­ing con­vinced us that this could be some­thing big. Con­tinue read­ing

The Bulgaria Files: Part 2 Veliko Tarnovo

Bul­garia itin­er­ary: Sofia (5 nights) -> Veliko Tarnovo (4 nights) -> Varna (5 nights)

Get in: Bus from Sofia for 11 Euros per per­son
Stay: Hotel Anhea for 22.5 Euros/night for 2 per­sons ** Def­i­nitely one of our favorite hotels of the trip

Veliko what? Where are we going?

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The river, the city, and, accord­ing to our guide, the ugli­est build­ing in the city

Bul­garia. What a sur­pris­ing touris­tic gem. Cre­ators of the Cyril­lic alpha­bet, always on the los­ing side of war, the gate­way to Europe, where do I start a blog post about Bul­garia? Con­tinue read­ing

Backpacking From One Side of Greece to the Other

Greece Itin­er­ary: Corfu (11 days) -> Athens (5 days)-> Mete­ora (2 days)-> Thes­sa­loniki (2 days)

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Acrop­o­lis theater

When we were faced with the deci­sion to either go to Alba­nia or stay in Greece, we decided to stay in Greece. There must have been some­thing in the air on Corfu island because we weren’t ready to leave yet. Con­tinue read­ing

One Month Backpacking Route Through Mexico

When we left Mex­ico City at the end of Feb­ru­ary for Peru after study­ing Span­ish for two months, we had agreed that we would one day return to Mex­ico to explore the rest of the coun­try. That day came much ear­lier than expected.

In one of her great tricks to get cheap flights, Helene booked a round trip from Mex­ico City to Lima, all the while not intend­ing to ever use the return leg. But after find­ing a remark­ably cheap ticket from Can­cun to Madrid for $166 through Pull­man­tur Air, we decided to put that return ticket to good use.

The route

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The route, 30 days through Mexico.

Guadala­jara -> Tequila -> Puebla -> Oax­aca City -> Puerto Escon­dito -> San Cristo­bol -> Palenque -> Playa del Carmen

200 Days On The Road

It was this after­noon while we were hang­ing out in the Athens apart­ment we rented for a week when Helene real­ized today marks day 200 of trav­el­ing across the world. It is some­what fit­ting that this morn­ing we had no idea where we would be trav­el­ing to by the end of the week, but of course that’s the fun of it.

So, for this post I’ve decided to list five things that hap­pened on this trip that we totally didn’t plan for or expect.

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The Bolivian Jungle and Pampas Featuring Dolphins, Anacondas and Tarantulas

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After vis­it­ing the Ama­zon, I can say pink river dol­phins were cool, but they weren’t the main attrac­tion. I’m not say­ing this to under­play fresh water dol­phins (who knew they lived in rivers any­way?). Instead, I’d say that I’m blown away with how much there is the learn about this part of the world. Con­tinue read­ing

Salar de Uyuni, Part 2

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Click here for part 1. 

On our sec­ond day, we drove. Nearly every fif­teen min­utes there was a dif­fer­ent post­card view in front of us.  Sur­round­ing the salt dessert were moun­tains and vol­ca­noes, includ­ing some active ones.  There was the odd vicuña along the side of the road. We saw herds of llama, and let’s not for­get the stray dogs.  The high­light on day two was the flamin­gos.  I’m not sure why Con­tinue read­ing

Salar de Uyuni, Part 1

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Click here for part 2.

Billed as the quin­tes­sen­tial tourist activ­ity for most trav­ellers going through Bolivia, the salt flats were about all we knew of Bolivia a cou­ple months ago.  Of course, after almost a month here we’ve seen and learned a whole lot, but the salt flats con­tinue to be one of the high­lights so far and here’s why.

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Mexico City: The Final Recap

Last few days in Mexico City
In Jan­u­ary, Helene and I sold a lot of our pos­ses­sions, put our careers on hold and began trav­el­ling.  It is two months later and I am writ­ing a blog post try­ing to review what feels like a year’s worth of expe­ri­ences in 500 words or less and it’s pretty tricky.  But, here goes nothing.

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