Toilets All Over the Map

Toilets All Over the Map

During our travels, I have, to my children’s great horror, taken it upon myself to document toilets wherever we go. Some people do doors, windows, or funny signs; I chose toilets.

They are such simple things, toilets, and often truly foul. But there’s no denying that they carry a great deal of importance in our daily lives.

I won’t clog this blog with the hundreds of toilet photos I took, but if you are curious, I’ll be posting them on a tumblr dedicated to nothing but Toilets All Over the Map.

http://toiletsalloverthemap.tumblr.com/ - toilets! from all over the map!

I can’t be alone in this fascination, can I? If you’ve got toilet photos or stories to share, send them along for inclusion!

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Instagram Beach Lust

Instagram Beach Lust

The sun is so bright it sets fire inside your eyelids.

You dig your feet under the scorching sand on the surface to the cool damp layer beneath.

The waves, the birds, the giddy squeal of kids, join in a crashing, ecstatic lullaby.

Ahhhh… if only it were not February, snowing for the umpteenth time this winter. If only you could peel off those many layers of thermals and wool and run splashing into the azure waters of the Caribbean, or Andaman, or Mediterranean Sea.

Until then… there’s Instagram Beach Lust. A few beach photos from our round-the-world adventure.

Be sure to visit some of the other participants in the Instagram Thursday linky, like Destination Unknown. And join the fun with your own Instagram Travel Thursday post.

You can find me on Instagram @alloverthemap.

Instagram Travel Thursday post: Eleven Months of Travel

Instagram Travel Thursday post: Eleven Months of Travel

One of my favorite ways to discover new travel destinations is to look at beautiful travel photos, and Instagram is a great way to do it. We’re taking part in the Instagram Travel Thursday linkup, where we’ll post some of our own Instagram photos and link to some of the other participants.

This week, I’m posting one Instagram photo from each month of our trip.

September

An olive tree grows in a yard in Gariguella, Spain

We spent most of the first month of our trip in the Costa Brava region of Spain, exploring the land of Dalí and El Bullí. This photo of an olive tree was taken in the garden of our vacation rental home in Gariguella.

October

November

A view from the center of the train tracks in Romania

We traveled by rail for 6 weeks, and had an amazing time Couchsurfing through Romania and Bulgaria. Though many parts of these countries are modern, sometimes the railway stations seemed like they hadn’t changed for decades.

December

January

Little buddhist monk dolls in a Thai temple.

In several temples in Thailand we found these adorable monk dolls in their orange robes. I really wanted to bring one home with me.

 

February

New Zealand sheep cross the road.

In three weeks of driving a camper van around New Zealand, this was not the only time we encountered a fuzzy traffic jam.

March

Some ladies counting their chickens at the market in Hoi An, Vietnam

Some ladies counting their chickens at the market in Hoi An, Vietnam

April

May

The winter fog, la garua, is settling in in Lima.

As winter arrived in Lima, so did the fog known as “La Garua,” which would hang over the city for months.

June

A young boy stands and ponders a dramatic work of art.

A young friend was captivated by this work in Buenos Aires’ Museo de Bellas Artes.

July

A panoramic view of Medellin from its MetroCable.

A view from Medellin’s MetroCable, part of the public transit system that links the city center to poor neighborhoods up the mountain, as well as several nature parks.

It has been fun looking through these photos to see all the places we’ve been. It has been an amazing 11 months, and I can’t believe we are heading home in less than a week. We intentionally slowed things down for our last few weeks, spending some time on the Caribbean coast of Colombia while we take care of all the logistics for moving back into our house and getting ready for school to start.

I’ve also been enjoying following the Hines Sight blog, which has been making me homesick for Virginia with posts about Richmond, and southern summer food. I’m so glad we get to spend a few weeks visiting family when we get back to the US. We’ve missed them so much!

 

Instagram Travel Thursday: Cambodia in Pictures

Instagram Travel Thursday: Cambodia in Pictures

One of my favorite ways to discover new travel destinations is to look at beautiful travel photos, and Instagram is a great way to do it. We’re taking part in a new Instagram Travel Thursday linkup, where we’ll post some of our own Instagram photos and link to some of the other participants. You can follow us on Instagram, too, where our user name is, you guessed it, alloverthemap.

For my first entry, I pulled together some photos from our time in Cambodia, which we really enjoyed. The landscape was beautiful, the people were warm and welcoming, the history and culture incredibly rich.

Hotel Circa 51's welcome ginger tea

A welcome (very welcome) ginger drink at Hotel Circa 51 in Phnom Penh, after an, um, interesting trip from the border involving a high speed chase.

Street-side grilled clams

A most delicious street seafood dinner. Lemongrass is magic. And $6 for dinner and beers even more so.

 

The fantastic decor of the Siem Reap to Phnom Penh bus, with a view of the traffic .

The fantastic decor of the Siem Reap to Phnom Penh bus, with a view of the traffic

We just had to dodge this water buffalo on the way into Ta Prohm, a famously overgrown temple in the Angkor complex.

We just had to dodge this water buffalo on the way into Ta Prohm, a famously overgrown temple in the Angkor complex.

Just a few of the hundreds of smiling Buddhas at Bayon Temple.

Just a few of the hundreds of smiling Buddhas at Bayon Temple.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

My flowers are wilted! This is what eight hours of temples in 100 degree heat will do.

My flowers are wilted! This is what eight hours of temples in 100 degree heat will do.

Does it strike anyone, especially my IP-minded friends, that the two major beers in Phnom Penh are Angkor and Anchor, and their logos use the same colors?

Does it strike anyone, especially my IP-minded friends, that the two major beers in Phnom Penh are Angkor and Anchor, and their logos use the same colors?

 

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We have been traveling for 10 months now, and we’re heading home in just a few weeks. One question people often ask me is “Where are you going NEXT?” Usually, I sigh and roll my eyes and mumble something about how we’ll probably have to stay close to home for the foreseeable future, since we’ve sort of blown our travel budget for a while. But in my head I’m already thinking. And the top two places on the list are two places we didn’t go on this trip: Ireland and Italy. The photos of Cortina, Italy posted by Elena Sonnino of Live.Do.Grow are tilting the balance toward Italy today.

Stay tuned next Thursday when I’ll give a recap of our round-the-world trip via Instagram.