Monthly Archives: September 2012

For the Want of an Adaptor, the Kingdom Was Lost

Posted by on September 14, 2012

As I was leaving Elche, Spain a few days ago, I packed up all my things as I’ve done hundreds of times and headed out the door. When I arrived in Granada later in the day I realized I had committed a grievous error.

I had left my European electrical adaptor in the hotel.

In the rush to leave the room, when I pulled my power strip out of the wall, I left the adaptor sitting in place.

It didn’t hit me right away just how crippling this mistake was. This tiny, cheap hunk of metal and plastic was critical everything I do. Without it I had no way of charging my laptop, my iPad/iPhone and my camera battery. I couldn’t backup my photos. The lack of this tiny widget had left digitally stranded in Spain. It forced me to realize just how important an electrical adaptor is to everything I do blogging during international travel.

Photo Essay : Caye Caulker, Belize

Posted by on September 14, 2012

After my trip to Antarctica in January 2012 I wanted to go someplace where I could relax and work for week or two. I ended up going to Caye Caulker, Belize. With the exception of the exceptionally slow interent (which made uploading my photos extremely frustrating) I found it to be one of the most laid back places I have ever visited. With the exception of a few service trucks, there are no automobiles on the island and there are no large resorts. The entire island is walkable and you will find some of the freshest and cheapest lobster in the caribbean.

If you are a looking for a place to go and relax, you can do a whole lot worse than Caye Caulker.


Monday Travel Update – Elche to Granada Edition

Posted by on September 10, 2012

The Palm Forest of Elche, Spain

The Palm Forest of Elche, Spain

The last week was a series of travel mishaps.

It started on my flight from Denver to Newark. The flight was delayed because of weather and I ended up missing my flight to Barcelona. I ended up staying at the Newark Airport overnight and got the next day’s Barcelona flight. However, I ended up having to fly in the middle seat next to a guy who was probably the son of Andre the Giant.

Once in Barcelona I took the train to Valencia with seconds to spare and got about 1 hour of sleep. My friend Joantxo from Valencia tourism picked me up and drove me to the palm tree city of Elche. I was in Elche 2 years ago but only for one night. I was able to stay longer this time and see more of this very unique city. It literally has the largest palm forest in Europe and was originally created by Arabs who lived there around the year 700.

This morning I got a rental car and headed to Granada via the towns of Ubeda and Baeza to visit my 183rd UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a several hour detour for something which, to be really honest, wasn’t worth the several hour detour.

I’m in Grenada now where I found out I left my European power adaptor in my hotel last night. I purchased one tonight that had a built in voltage transformer (the only one they carried) and it died within 15 minutes of plugging it in.

I might be screwed with interent for a while.

Tomorrow I’ll be visiting the Alhambra here in Granada and then heading to Cordova the day after before arriving in Seville.

My goal is to make it to the Spanish city of Ceuta which is actually on the continent of Africa, bordering Morocco. If I can make it there, I will have visited all 7 continents in 2012!