Friday, February 19, 2016

Carlen Family's Traveling Blog Portal

Yes, we will commence the proceedings with a photo were the two of us are relaxing in a spa with a Corona Extra each. Rotorua, New Zealand, January 2011. Pre our blogging days.

Now the blogs. We hope that you will enjoy our humble writing.

Trips Completed

Vegas Baby 2016 - Las Vegas and US National Parks (7 Apr - 1 May)

On the 9th of April 2016, Hans and Di had been married for exactly 10 years. That was celebrated in style... Not. It was Vegas Baby and Elvis and Caesars Palace and daggy and fun. 
We then visited several of the national parks in southern Utah and northern Arizona.

Camino de Santiago de Compostela - France, Spain and Portugal (Hans only: 9 Sep - 12 Nov 2015)

Hans walked Camino Frances, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trail. 775km of walking from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain. OK, there was a bit of R and R thrown in as well and a couple of weeks in Portugal afterwards.

Mexico City, Ouxaca, Los Angeles (Di only: 6 - 20 Sep 2015)

Di went to Mexico with her girlfriend Lisa and finished off with a couple of nights in Los Angeles.

San Francisco, USA, 2014 (Di: 16 Oct-26 Oct, Hans: 8 Oct-29 Oct)

One only overseas trip in 2014 took us back to USA (hey, better take advantage of those 5 years multiple entry visas that we have).

Guess who has a job to go back to in Australia and who can stay there just a little bit longer...

USA, Canada, Northern / Central Europe (Jan 2013-Jan 2014)

2013 was our "gap year" when we travelled around the world. Half in North America and half in central Europe. Breakdown of countries / areas as follows:
  • US - 8 Jan to 6 Jul
  • Canada - 6 Jul to 28 Jul
  • UK - 29 Jul to 11 Oct
  • 12 Oct to 20 Oct: Di: London, UK & Hans: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland - 20 Oct to 5 Jan 2014
Oct-Dec and Jan 2014:

Note: As Blogger has a limit of 100 posts per blog and given 1 post per day, we created 4 blogs, divided roughly into one blog for each of the 4 quarters.

Australian Campervanning (NSW, South Australia and Victoria) (Oct-Nov 2012)

We borrowed Di's mum's campervan (thanks heaps to Audrey and Alan) and took off campervanning in the Australian states of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Our focus was to travel in the bush away from the coast, to places we hadn't been to before, to wine regions and to national parks for hiking.

We also visited family in Snowy Mountains and borrowed our dear neighbours Jim and Michel's apartment in Narooma for a few days.

Vietnam: Hanoi and surroundings (Aug-Sep 2012)

A short 9 nights stay in a small area of northern Vietnam; Hanoi, Halong Bay and Cat Ba. We also did a few day trips out of Hanoi.

China: HongKong, Guangzhou and Macau (Nov-Dec 2011)

A 2 weeks "triangular" round trip from HongKong to Guangzhou to Macau and back to HongKong.