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We are two guys from Saint Paul, Minnesota who decided to completely upend our lives and travel the world in order to learn more about it, its history, its people and their cultures. There will be no timelines or deadlines, and we want to experience whatever comes our way with completely open minds and hope to meet like-minded people from all over. We are choosing not to drive down the well-worn road taken by most tourists; we would instead prefer to forge a unique path, one that would really allow us to connect to the local people and cultures of the area. Although we will spend some time in the U.S. and Canada, we plan to drive our way down south as far as we can go in South America. If we find a reason to stay in a locale longer, we will; if we feel the need to move on, we will.We left our jobs, sold and gave away most of our possessions, and spent over a year getting things in order for this adventure. Of course we’ve been asked, “Why?” or “What is the goal?” Well, we don’t have an exact answer. We want to experience the journey, not merely attain The Goal. Or maybe The Goal is to not have a goal – simply to be. Focusing on a specific end-task has a tendency to remove one from the present moment, and we want to experience all the present moments on this journey. We want to really be good and more aware citizens of this beautiful planet, and the idea of community is important to us, whether through meeting fellow travelers or through an already-existing community into which we would hope to be welcomed as we pass through.Our adventure began on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 and will continue until it ends. We don’t know when that will be, but we’re not in a hurry. In addition to visiting family and friends, we will be participating in Help Exchanges, staying with SERVAS hosts, camping, learning Spanish, and just seeing what’s out there. If you have any ideas of places we should visit, let us know!

Trip Start: 2013-06-30 Trip End: 2011-06-07 .

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Pause Update No. 5: Big Announcement

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
One of my new favorite quotes:  “Don’t judge my path if you haven’t walked my journey.” (Anonymous)
If you’ve been following our website, you already know that I have been having considerable issues with my ankle (stemming from previous surgeries) since this past spring.  If not, you can get caught up on…

Oaxaca: Reunited!

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.The reunion you’ve all been waiting for… On Saturday, October 20, Erik and Apollo arrived in Oaxaca, along with our friend Chuck.  They left on the previous Tuesday afternoon, making it to Pharr, Texas, early Wednesday evening, driving pretty much nonstop.  They crossed the border bright and early the next morning and received the dreaded, random…

Photo Essay No. 3

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
As Erik and Apollo prepare to head back down to Oaxaca to hang out with Pepe for a few months, we thought we’d share some more up-close-and-personal photos from our trip this year.
Also for your information, we’ve updated our calendar through February and also our quotes.
There are many fun celebrations coming up in…

Pause Update No. 4: El Grito

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.To view photos from the Independence Day celebration, click here.
I realize that lately our updates are becoming less and less frequent.  I guess the main reason for that is… we don’t want to “bother” (for lack of a better term) our readers unless we have something interesting to share.
I am still loving life in…

Pause Update No. 4 Photos

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
As I said in the post (click here to read), photos from parades can usually be kind of… boring.  But some of the things in this parade were things I usually don’t see close up – nor are things I’m comfortable taking pictures of.  But in a parade, they expect you to take pictures, right?…

Pause Update No. 3: Erik in the Black Hills

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Sporting my new brace and cane at Badlands National Park

As promised, the VA has provided me with a custom-made leg brace. The name brand of the brace is Arizona Brace.  And yes, the company resides in Arizona.  The brace is rather large, hot, uncomfortable, and is much like wearing a leg cast; however, the…

Oaxaca: Guelaguetza

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.Con Los Brazos Abiertos
[There is a video at the end of this post and click here to see the separate post with my photos.]
When Erik and I first arrived in Oaxaca at the end of March, in was Party Central – Semana Santa (the week before Easter) followed by a celebration of Oaxaca’s 480th…

Oaxaca: Guelaguetza Photos

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Here are some photos from my time visiting the multitude of performances and activities surrounding the Guelaguetza in Oaxaca.  What an incredible and beautiful spectacle! Hopefully we will find our way back in the future so that Erik can experience it as well.
Don’t forget – if you click on the size/dimensions of the photo…

Return to Guatemala

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
 

Hi, Everyone!  Sorry for the delay in posts lately.  It’s been a relatively hectic month.  After two weeks in a temporary apartment, today I moved to a different apartment in Oaxaca, where I will remain until Erik arrives later this fall (we hope). This post is about my recent return to Guatemala, where our…

Return to Guatemala – Photos

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Here are some photos from my return visit to Guatemala.  While it’s true that Erik and I had already visited some of these places and posted photos from there, it’s nice to revisit things, right?  Actually, most of these shots are completely new because of the destinations to which Chuck and I went and the…

Pause Update No. 2: Minnesota and Oaxaca

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
After having met with the orthopedic surgeons at the VAMC (after lengthy delays and still more to come), Erik is now aware of the surgical and nonsurgical options regarding his unique ankle situation.  (If you need to get caught up on that situation, it is outlined in our Big Announcement post.)  He will first attempt…

¡Perros!

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
With Erik in the U.S. meeting with doctors and Joe currently exploring the various public transportation systems of Guatemala, we seem to have stumbled into a drought with our posts.  Therefore, we hired out for this one.   Today we present a little retrospective of all (or most) of our canine friends…

Mexico City

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Posted from Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.
After three somewhat traumatic weeks in Puebla (let’s just say that my “friend” in Puebla is no longer my friend and I’m very grateful the whole ugly situation is behind me), I had the amazing good fortune of being able to spend a week with a very dear friend from Minnesota in Mexico…

La Comida de Puebla

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Posted from Puebla, Puebla, Mexico.
The Food of Puebla
Let me start off by (re)affirming that I like food, I like to cook, and I really like to eat.  And because I am on this trip, I feel some of you may be interested in some of the fun foods of the areas we are exploring.  But…

Pause Update No. 1: Puebla and HQ

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The Best Laid Plans….
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Here’s a little update for everyone wondering what these two now-stationary globe-trekkers are up to.

Erik had a wonderfully productive few days at HQ accomplishing many Apollo- and Maggi-related chores with the help of Joe’s parents.  Such tasks involved…

One Year Anniversary!

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Big Announcement

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Posted from Puebla, Puebla, Mexico.
Hitting the Pause Button
So… we are just a few days away from our One Year Anniversary of being on the road.  It should be a time for celebration, but sometimes life doesn’t always work out the way we expect.
We’ve been alluding to a big game-changer of an announcement for a couple of weeks,…

Yucatan, Mexico Help Exchange

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Posted from Isla Aguada, Campeche, Mexico.
On Friday, May 11 we arrived at a ranch in the northern Yucatan Peninsula for another Help Exchange stay.  It’s been almost five months since our last HelpX stint (click on the Help Exchange category on the right side of your screen to read about the others), so we were looking forward to working…

La música de Oaxaca

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Posted from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
The music of Oaxaca
If you make it to the end of this post, there is a video!!
Our original plan (many months ago) was to spend two weeks in Oaxaca.  Then one day while looking at the calendar, we realized that there were several reasons why extending our stay would be a more practical…

Sites of Oaxaca

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Posted from Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Presently we are working on a ranch on the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula.  More on this, uh, interesting experience – far from our usual Help Exchange experiences – will be coming soon.  In the meantime, we’d like to share some photos from a couple different outings we had while staying in Oaxaca…

Tulum, Mexico

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Posted from Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Reunion! (Photos are below)
This past week was simultaneously exciting and relaxing: exciting because we welcomed our first visitors since we have been outside the country!  Relaxing because, well, we just made it that way.  After spending Friday night camping near the beach in Tulum, we headed to the airport in Cancún on Saturday…

Mexico Travel Week

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Posted from Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.
This week we broke 20,000 miles!!!  Whew!  (Have you noticed our day and mileage counter to the right?  Check it out – it’s new!)  It must be because of all the driving we were doing this week.  Yes, we’re back on the road.  We know that we still owe a couple more posts on Oaxaca…

Mexico Travel Week Photos

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Posted from Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.
This week wasn’t the most interesting in our travels, but the ruins at Palenque were spectacular.  We hope you will enjoy this modest selection of photos.  To read about where we stayed and our travels, you can read the accompanying post.  Please enjoy!…

Oaxaca Diary 3

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
La Comida de las Calles (Street Food)
Hey, everyone.  Thanks for your patience.  We left Oaxaca yesterday (well, mostly – my heart is still there) and are now again on the road.  But we still have a lot of Oaxacan goodness (and deliciousness) to share.

In the last post, I talked about some of the…

Oaxaca Diary 2

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
In-house Food Adventures
As we mentioned in Oaxaca Diary 1, the city of Oaxaca (or Oaxaca de Juarez, as it is also known) is considered the culinary capital of Mexico and is known as one of the greatest food cities in the entire world.  There is plenty of food tradition here, some of it –…

Las Iglesias de Oaxaca

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Posted from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
(The churches of Oaxaca… although a more accurate title for this post would be Algunas Iglesias de Oaxaca, (“Some churches of Oaxaca”) because we certainly didn’t get to them all.)
We’re taking a teeny break from posting about food today because the writer of this post has a bit of a tummy ache, and going through…