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South America: Uruguay

Posted on Mar 20, 2010

Uruguay was the last country that we visited during our South American trip. Here we spent time in the historic city of Colonia del Sacramento and in the capital, Montevideo.

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Email: Greetings from Montevideo, Uruguay

Posted on Mar 19, 2010

We are on the last full day of our trip through central South America, having arrived in our fourth and final country, Uruguay. It is the smallest Spanish-speaking country in South America, having only about four million inhabitants. Since it borders Argentina and Brazil many people from those countries come to vacation in Uruguay ’s quaint towns, horseback ride on one of their ranches or relax on their beaches.

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Scotland: Fort William

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

We spent three days in Fort William enjoying several outdoor activities, including hiking and boat cruising on a lake. We also took a day trip by train and ferry to the Isle of Skye.

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Switzerland and More: Europe by Train and Foot

Posted on Jul 7, 2009

We took a three-week trip to five countries in Europe, using the train and bus as our primary modes of transportation. Our children were six and nine during this trip, which was their first taste of extended international travel in a hostel setting. We also spent quite a bit of time hiking in the Swiss Alps, completing some beautiful day hikes as well as treks to two different overnight huts nestled in the mountains.

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Email: Greetings from Edinburgh, Scotland

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

It is Saturday morning and we are preparing to leave Edinburgh, our last stop in Scotland. We arrived here early Thursday afternoon after our last train pass journey from Fort William, via a change in Glasgow. With a population of about 500,000 (approximately 10% of Scotland’s 5.1 million total), arriving here was a big change from the highlands and its low population density (70% of the population live outside the highlands). I had been in Edinburgh almost three years ago for a weekend during a UK business trip and the first thing that I noticed on our arrival was that the main street separating the old town and new town, Princes Street, was all torn up because of a new tram system being installed. That made for some slow going as we walked to our hotel from the train station.

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