Wow what a year!!! I’ve not been very good about updating this blog. Primarily because I’m lazy but also because I’m very busy and pretty much always can think of something better to do than update a blog that nobody reads. If you’re reading this I can assure you that you are the exception, and thanks. Actually, tumblr keeps emailing me requests to give up the blog, my low volume brings down their average I’m guessing. Either that or someone pretty powerful wants the name ‘Some Other Sancho’. That’s probably it. Anyway, I thought I’d post some photos collected over the course of the last year. I’m also going to try to recollect all of the places I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and list them so that I’ll have a written record, all the while listening to NOMEANSNO ‘Wrong’ on my headphones and trying to polish off a bottle of wine the Mrs. brought home from Budapest. I haven’t heard this album in probably 20 years so it has a lot of my attention (as does the wine), if this is even partially coherent then I’ll consider it a job well done. So, here goes:
Rotterdam, The Netherlands; the place I call home for now but wish I saw more often.
Paris, France; a place we love and said we’d surely come back because it’s such an easy four hour drive and suuure we can do that over a long weekend and that we’ve never been back to because there are too few long weekends and too many places to see but that we surely have to go back to at some point because there’s so much we haven’t seen and done! By the way, who are you calling a creap-ole?
Dubai, UAE; a place I work frequently and that I could not care less about going back to, although I will. If recreational shopping is your idea of time well spent then you may just love Dubai, or if you’re really rich and like showing off. I can find Tony Roma’s and The Gap in any crappy suburb without having to suffer 120 degree temps. And exactly how many red ferraris does one town need?
Delft, The Netherlands; great town just down the fietspad from Rotterdam.
Brugge, Belgium; what can you say about Brugge, it’s awesome, and not in the metaphorical sense, it’s literally awesome… like totally dude.
Kiel, Germany; visited during the holiday season, their version of the Christmas market focused heavily on the booze, gluwein anyone?
Prague, Czech Republic; one of the most scenic towns anywhere. We went during early November and really had a great time but I hear that during the summer the volume of traffic is staggering. I don’t like being staggered, or large groups of people for that matter.
Cagliari, Sardinia; visited for a couple days for work, super cool island town with original walled city still in tact.
Gouda, The Netherlands; it’s all about the cheese.
Luanda, Angola; uuuuh, yeah, no thanks. This place has snakes big enough to eat cows and bugs that spill acid onto your skin when you swat them. Also the only place I ever needed to sleep under a mosquito net. Although they do have a radio station that isn’t afraid to play Quiet Riot back to back with Shania Twain.
Durban, South Africa; described once to me by a friend as South Africa’s sandy eggo, or maybe he meant San Diego? That would make more sense. Either way they have hundreds of blue-balled monkeys running amok, in sandy eggo they only have monkeys at the zoo.
A’Chouffe, Belgium; home of one of the world’s best beers (LaChouffe) and a lot of gnomes, great place to destroy yourself on a bicycle in the Ardennes.
Bremerhaven, Germany; a great place to…, ok, well a great place to…, aaaah never mind.
Barcelona, Spain; yes that’s a two pack of brains on the left. It seems a shame to only post this picture when Barcelona is such a beautiful city. But you’ve already seen pictures of Barcelona’s buildings right?
Fez, Morocco; I’m really glad we visited Fez, I hope to never go back.
Athens, Greece; when I see Greece pop up on my work schedule it makes me happy.
Capetown, South Africa; good scenery, good food, good wine, ‘nuff said.
Hamburg, Germany; surprisingly few hamburgers to be had.
Takoradi, Ghana; ok, well this picture was on the road to Takoradi, cut me some slack. Ghana is the one place in west Africa I’ve been that I don’t mind going back to. I hear there are other places that are equally hospitable but I’ve not seen them.
London, England; great city that I haven’t seen enough of. Spent a couple of busy days knocking out some of the standard sights. Definitely need to go back.
Sharm el Sheik, Egypt; resort town in the desert. Like laying on the beach? Going to a casino at night? This is that kind of town, not very big but plenty of sand. I did get to go dorkeling (swimming around a reef sans snorkel, armed with nothing but a pair of swimming goggles) in the Red Sea. That was cool.
Muscat, Oman; did two over-nights here coming and going from Duqm (a ship-yard in a cat box).
Manama, Bahrain; one of the frequent stops on my calendar. It gets really hot here. The place to buy fake designer products if that’s your thing. It’s not mine.
Oudenaard, Belgium; yay Belgie! That’s what Belgians call Belgium, unless you’re in the French speaking parts and then it’s Belgique. I can’t get enough of Belgium, Belgie or Belgique. Went to Oudenaard to watch the Ronde Van Vlanderen bicycle race and to ride the sportif ride the day before the race. The Tour of Flanders is distinguished by it’s short punchy climbs and brutal sections of cobbled roads, often combined to form an unbelievably punishing endeavor. Great times.
Lagos, Nigeria; sucks.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands; great city that’s only a short train ride away. We don’t get out there as often as we could but we do get out there. It really is an amazing place.
Brussels, Belgium; we went to a Christmas Market here and had a good day. Didn’t see much else, but it’s definitely a scenic city. It’s the biggest city and capital of Belgium, also the administrative center of the European Union.
Slany, Czech Republic; a small suburbish town outside of Prague, I went here for work. Not a whole lot going on in Slany but it’s a nice relaxing place to hang out. The have a pretty good brewery / restaurant.
Montserrat, Spain; the Mrs. and I took a day trip to this monastery in the mountains. Pretty cool and an easy train ride from Barcelona. This picture is pretty crappy but I like it anyway.
We’ve made a handful of various side trips to The Hague, Assen, Kinderdijk, etc. that I didn’t post pics for, oh yeah Fujeirah, UAE too. I think that’s about it. I don’t really know what to say, it’s been a whirl wind year. It’s been amazing, exhausting and exhilarating. I often feel like I’m never home, for good reason. I do feel really lucky to have this chance to see so much of the world. Can’t wait to see what the next two years have to offer. Don’t be afraid to come visit, unless you just stumbled upon this blog and I don’t know you, in which case you are not invited. Have a great day.