Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Near Acadia's Thunder Hole

We sat at the Nautica Pub in Birch Harbor, Maine for an hour after close on Monday night.  There were six of us left including the bartender, Mona, who allowed the crew of mostly locals to enjoy an extra round while she cleaned, restocked, and closed up shop.  The conversation rose and fell, joyful but … Read more

Acadia Cadillac Mountain Sunrise

Location: Coastal Maine, USA Nearest City: Bar Harbor, a 5,000+ person town sandwiched between the park and Frenchman Bay near the park’s main entrance. Founded: 1919 (as Lafayette National Park; renamed to Acadia in 1929). Area: Over 47,000 acres (73 square miles). Hours and Seasons: The park is accessible around the clock and is technically … Read more

Schoodic Peninsula

September 28th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in The Places We've Been | United States - (1 Comments)
The contrasts of Schoodic Point

Four miles as the crow flies (or around seventy minutes in a car) from the crowds and hubbub of Bar Harbor and the Mount Desert Isle section of Acadia National Park lies the tranquil Schoodic Peninsula. Home to both our lodging for the week in the town of Winter Harbor (population 988) and a less … Read more

Week on the Move

September 26th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in About | The Places We've Been | United States - (3 Comments)
Happy Couple

The last week has been a bit abnormal as we’ve hopped all over the place staying no longer than two nights in one spot since last Tuesday, the 18th. In case you haven’t been checking our map daily or popping in to see our current location at the top of our website, here’s the rundown … Read more

Renners and Kietzmans

We fell out of the car Wednesday night after 15 hours on the road to land in Brevard, NC (check out our photos below) at the cozy and naturally luxurious abode of our friends, Kate and Bart. I will admit that as we cruised in on the main drag, I was surprised to see that … Read more

Spotted Cat Live Music

A bit late here with the pictures, I know. We greatly enjoyed New Orleans, finding ourselves unendingly fascinated by the juxtaposition of an ever-recovering, natural disaster stricken region with distinctly beautiful European architecture and a constant buzzing energy. What we found at the culmination was a quite friendly population, a captivating culture, and paradoxes we … Read more

Best of New Orleans

September 20th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in The Places We've Been | United States - (2 Comments)
Cafe du Monde beignets and cafe au lait

Here are some highlights from our seven day stay in New Orleans. This is by no means a definitive guide. Look for a slideshow of our best pictures from the week soon. City Park Situated in north-central New Orleans is City Park, one and a half times larger than New York’s Central Park and shaped … Read more

Hitting the Pavement

September 5th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in About | The Places We've Been - (1 Comments)
Vangabonds in front of the house in Knightdale

Welp, we are off. With much fanfare, we walked out the door of a completely empty house two days ago and got in a vehicle holding everything we own, pups included. We finished packing and cleaning, took a few pictures, then pulled out of the driveway like we have thousands of time before. As we … Read more

Immunization Day

August 22nd, 2012 | Posted by Ian in How To | Slideshow Pictures - (0 Comments)
Brianna gets a yellow fever innoculation

This morning we had a 9:30 date with the doctor to get immunizations for typhoid fever (endemic to all of Central and South America) and yellow fever (endemic to tropical rainforest areas of South America). While needle jabs are not usually the greatest way to start your morning, the time slot meant Brie didn’t have to … Read more

U.S. Banking from Abroad

August 18th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in How To - (0 Comments)
Sample Bank Research Spreadsheet

Figuring out how we’ll handle banking has required some research.  Our permanent address will be in Kansas with Ian’s Mom, and we are ever so grateful for her willingness to make monthly deposits for us for clients who prefer to pay by check.  Once we had gathered a list of banks in her area, we … Read more