Category: Travel

  • Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the US. I think of it, however, as an island nation with a unique culture. About the size of Connecticut, this island is a gem of the Caribbean. US citizens don’t need a passport to go there. The official languages of PR are both English and Spanish though Spanish is the predominant language.

  • Brazil

    Our journey to Rio de Janeiro started with a three hour drive from Austin to Houston. When we checked in for our flight, they told us they would have to move our seating to first class. My travel buddy, Isaac Miller, and I acquiesced to their rigid protocol and moved our luggage to 1st class. First-class seats are so much more comfortable; they recline all the way to the laying down position. Free drinks and great food Were also great perks to 1st class seating.

  • South Africa

    One of Life’s lessons is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. We were scheduled to fly from Austin, TX to Washington DC, then on to Cape Town, South Africa. However, we missed our connecting flight from Washington DC. The airline said they could get us out on the following day, same time as originally scheduled – 5:20pm. Fortunately I studied various flight options to Cape Town before I left Austin. I said, “No, this won’t work for us. Get us out on a flight to Heathrow/London then on to Cape Town. After much investigation and discussion we got them to fly us to London then on to Cape Town. Unfortunately, our luggage took a different route and we were without it for 3 days.

  • Netherlands

    The canals are beautiful and functional.

  • Jordan

    August, 2000 This is the famous Treasury in Petra, Jordan. It is actually a tomb carved into rock. Notice the immense size. Laurence, on the right, hauled my butt all over Egypt and Jordan. This picture is here by popular demand (My mother asked me to put in, and we have to do what mom…

  • Egypt

    The last wonder of the world – the pyramids, not me.

  • Caribbean

    Or, as Cheryl and I like to call it, the “Life is too short…” cruise.

  • Germany

    When I got to Munich, I went to the Hofbräuhaus, the largest beer hall in Germany. I ordered some enchiladas and Coors Lite, to be served in a 6 oz. glass, like I Get back in Texas. Instead, they brought me a dark beer in a liter mug and some sausage and sauerkraut.

  • Italy

    No trip to Italy would be complete without a trip to Venice.

  • Australia – Oddities

    After a day on the reef, my brother, Rob, and I went back to Cairns and got a little carried away with the local wildlife.