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2001-2006 Holiday trips
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2001-09 Hungary


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2002-01 Thailand


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11 files, last one added on Aug 18, 2007
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2005-06 China


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Beijing and Xian

16 files, last one added on Aug 18, 2007
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2006-09 Hawaii


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2005 Business trips
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2005-06 London


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This was my first time to London, as well as my first international business trip. We were there for a product launch, and managed to find a little free time afterwards as well.

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2005-08 Osaka


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This was my first of many visits to Japan.

9 files, last one added on Aug 22, 2007
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2005-09 Geneva


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2005-10-11 World Imaging Tour


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Around the world in 30 days! This was my craziest business trip ever, and I hope to never do another one like it.

I was away from home for 30 days, and in that time visited Seattle, Chicago, Munich, Toulouse, London, Peterborough, Cambridge (UK), Reading, Lyon, Grenoble, Paris, London, New York, Newark, Boston, Cambridge (MA), Newark, DC, Tokyo, Kamakura, and Osaka. I only had three non-work, non-traveling days, Cambridge, Paris, and Kamakura.

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2006 Business trips
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2006-10 Asia tour


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This two-week trip started in Beijing, then onto Tokyo and Osaka, Seoul, and finally finished up in Singapore.

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2006-04 Durham - Melbourne - Shanghai


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One of my craziest trips (3 weeks total), I started out in Durham (didn't take any pictures here). I had scheduled half a day in San Francisco to unpack, repack, do a customer demo and catch a flight to Melbourne. On the way I was told that I had to "stop by" Shanghai afterwards. This meant getting an emergency last-minute Chinese visa in less than one day. To top it off I had a sinus infection and laryngitis, but I still managed to get out and see the cities a bit.

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2006-01 San Diego


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At this big meeting in San Diego, we had an afternoon off for fun, followed by a formal dinner party. My friend Jeff and I borrowed scooters from Jan and rode them around town. I managed to get mine up to 40 mph for a few minutes but then it overheated and stalled.

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2007 Business trips
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2007-07 - Murnau and Munich


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I really enjoyed driving in Germany on my previous business trip, so I decided to try renting a motorcycle this time around! I reserved the smallest (shortest) one I could find, a BMW F650GS single-cylinder bike. It ended up being quite big for me, but still manageable. I had a lot of fun riding around the Alps on it, and even made some of my coworkers jealous....

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2007-09 - Singapore, Netherlands, Paris, Zurich


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Another multi-continent business trip, I started with a week in Singapore, and took advantage of the nice weather for some fun on my first day there. I then flew to Amsterdam (via Heathrow) and took a train to Utrecht to spend the weekend with my friends Harmony (Canadian) and Ivo (Dutch), who had just moved there. From Utrecht it was off to Paris via the Thalys train from Rotterdam. After 2 days in Paris, we took moto taxis to CDG airport and flew back to Amsterdam, and then took 2 trains to get to a small town called Oss. 2 days in Oss, then it was back to the airport and off to Zurich (via Gatwick). After a day and a half in Zurich it was finally time to head back home (via DC - no direct legs this entire trip).

58 files, last one added on Nov 15, 2007
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2007-06 - Sweden, Germany, Paris


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This midsummer trip took me to Sweden (Stockholm and Sodertalje), Germany (Penzberg and Munich), and Paris. I had a little bit of time to explore Stockholm and Uppsala while I was in Sweden, and ended up renting a canoe and paddling around the islands, and visiting one of the museums.

In Germany I got to drive on the Autobahn for the first time, in an Audi A4.

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2007-12 - DC and Boston


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2007 Ireland solo bicycle tourMy bicycle vacation in Ireland
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July 1 - Galway to Ennis


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The first day of riding, I did 58 miles. This turned out to be one of the nicer days of the week, with one major downpour and several smaller drizzles, wind not too bad.

The night before, I had gotten my bike and maps. I met a couple from Omaha, Tim and Cathy, who were also starting out at the same time as me but headed for a different route.

The ride went well, I felt good enough to do some extra miles to stop off in Gort. Good thing as it was otherwise a long way between pubs and shops.

I soon got into the rhythm and spirit of riding. I found I didn't have any trouble riding on the left (I've driven on the left before) apart from U-turns (more about them later!) and occasionally looking behind me over the wrong shoulder. I enjoyed seeing all the animals as I went by, mostly farm animals such as cows, horses, sheep, and ducks. Many dogs came out and barked at me but they were all friendly.

Although Irish drivers tend to go quite fast, they were for the most part very considerate while passing. I quickly got into a pattern of signaling to them when it was safe to pass me as I had much better visibility than them, which they seemed to appreciate. However, on some of the narrowest single-lane roads I simply had to dismount and move off into the brush to let cars by. Fortunately on those roads the cars were far and few between.

13 files, last one added on Jul 12, 2007
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July 2 - Ennis to Kilkee


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I rode 51 miles this day, with rain and head winds most of the way as I headed towards the coast. The rain kept me from taking more pictures. Most of the riding was again on nice quiet roads.

There were some challenges - I unfortunately got a bit lost towards the end (adding 10 miles to my route) and had to stop and ask for directions at an auto repair garage. Again the roads were quite rough, one of them had more potholes than solid ground, making me feel like I was playing hopscotch on it.

When I got to Kilkee I realized my legs were sunburnt. I couldn't believe it in such rainy weather, but it turns out the rain was washing away my sunscreen.

4 files, last one added on Jul 12, 2007
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July 3 - Kilkee to Loop Head and back


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I rode a light 43 miles today on a loop starting and ending in the resort town of Kilkee. This turned out to be one of the nicest days for weather, with less rain and even some sun and blue skies. I started feeling much more comfortable, both on the bike and with popping into pubs in the tiny little villages where everyone knows everything about one another.

I had headwinds most of the way to Loop Head (the tip of the peninsula), and tailwinds and crosswinds on the way back. At one point, I was riding back downhill with a tailwind pushing me on, when I came around a bend and suddenly a crosswind blew me to opposite side of the road. Luckily the roads weren't too busy there! I found that dealing with the winds was similar to on the motorcycle, keeping my upper body loose and countersteering to lean the bike into the wind helped tremendously.

In the morning at breakfast I briefly met a nice German couple, Heike and Wolfgang, from a town near Heidelberg. I later discovered they were also riding some of the same roads as me on their tandem bike.

On my way to Loop Head I was stopped by a tourist family (in 4 cars!) and asked where I rented my bike. When I answered "Galway", they couldn't believe it. They turned around and found a local place to rent bikes, and I later passed them struggling uphill against strong headwinds. As I was finishing up my snack at Loop Head, they finally managed to make their way up there, one by one. I offered to take a photo of all of them together, and then discovered that a couple of them also wanted to have their pictures taken with the crazy American girl!

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July 4 - Kilkee to Lisdoonvarna


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I rode 64 miles total, which was a combination of an inland route from Kilkee to the spa town of Lisdoonvarna via Lehinch, Ennistimon, and Kilfenora, and then out to the Cliffs of Moher and back to Lisdoonvarna. Unfortunately it was another very wet and windy day, with the uphill climbs to the cliffs especially challenging with headwinds and lots of traffic. Coming back downhill with tailwinds was much nicer, even though it was pouring by this time!

I had my only accident of the week this morning, luckily it was a very minor fall caused by a bad U-turn. I got much better at them through the week though!

Besides speaking more with Heike and Wolfgang, I also met a nice group of Canadian cyclists in our B&B in Lisdoonvarna while thawing myself out in front of the fire. Irving, Isabelle, Steve and Helsa thought I was a bit crazy for doing my tour on my own but I thought they were a bit crazy to be part of a group of 16. We all went out to dinner together at the Roadside Tavern, a nice pub in town that had some traditional music playing.

7 files, last one added on Jul 12, 2007
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July 5 - Lisdoonvarna to Ballyvaghan and back


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This was the toughest riding day of the week, with rain and gale force headwinds for most of the way. Getting lost in the morning added on 12 miles for a total of 57 for the day. If the Irish weatherman is commenting on how bad the 60 kph winds are (bad enough to close down the ferries) they must be bad! I startled one farmer with my tongue in cheek "Lovely day" comment, to which he replied, "Well, it's a bit wet!"

At the caves I met a nice family, with the father from Humboldt, CA who has been living in Norway the last 8 years. He met his partner twice on a train in Europe, figured it was destiny, and moved to Norway to be with her and start a family. He now works as a set designer for the only soap opera in Norway.

I saw Heike and Wolfgang and the Canadians a couple of times on the road today. This was definitely the busiest of all my routes, I didn't see too many other bicycles the rest of the week. However I didn't see anyone else (besides cows) on the last extension I did, which included an exhausting 2.5 mile straight climb against the headwinds.

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July 6 - Lisdoonvarna to Galway


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I had much better weather today, with a mix of sun and rain and winds. Although my odometer finally quit in the rain, I think I rode about 62 miles. The final stretch from Oranmore to Galway on major thoroughfares at rush hour was pretty challenging!

On my way to Kinvarra, I met 3 young lads walking, they stopped me and asked directions to Ballyvaughn. I think they must have been pulling my leg, as it was miles away and they were headed in the wrong direction! One of them told me to stop by a particular pub in Kinvarra and ask for "Seals", but I didn't really trust him enough to do that.

One of the other boys called me a "loner" for riding on my own. I think he was a bit young to appreciate how nice it was not to argue with anyone about where and when and how far to ride. I certainly didn't want to get in a fight with myself! Furthermore, I felt that being a woman on my own made me more approachable, and I found it relatively easy this time to meet many new people and strike up conversations, so I actually found traveling this way to be more social than previous vacations.

10 files, last one added on Jul 12, 2007
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July 6/7 - Galway


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On Friday evening I walked with Heike and Wolfgang into town to find some dinner. The crowded paths in Galway turned out to be a bit of a culture shock after all the nice quiet villages and country roads! Afterwards we stopped by the greyhound track next door to where we were staying and watched their final race.

Saturday was a short day, with no rush to get anywhere, and probably the nicest weather we had all week with rain only in the morning. I actually hadn't planned to ride this day as I thought I would have to return my bike, but I was able to keep it to ride out to Moycullen, and then back along the coast for a total of about 26 miles.

In Moycullen I went for an hour-long horse ride with a guide, John, and an experienced horsewoman, Audrey, both locals, which made for a nice change. I had completely forgotten that there would be differences between English-style and Western-style riding, though! I was used to Western style, so this felt like going from a car with power steering to a completely manual car. We did some brisk trotting (with posting) for a good part of the ride, which would be unusual for an American trail ride. My horse, Brandy, was a bit stubborn, adding to the challenge.

On the ride back I had a nice chat with a local windsurfer, Eamonn, whose son is living in LA. I watched him head out as I ate my lunch. It's been nice on this trip to meet so many active people who try to live their lives as fully as possible.

7 files, last one added on Jul 12, 2007
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July 8 - London


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I spent an evening in London on the way home, as it was far more convenient for the flights.

After arriving too late to catch the Tour de France, and with the Wimbledon Men's Final well underway, I decided to go for a long walk around town. I spent a few hours wandering around, including Notting Hill, Hyde Park (one of my favorite spots in London), St. James's Park and Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Soho and Marylebone, ending up at one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants.

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2008 Business trips
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2008-01 Pasadena


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We had our international sales meeting in Pasadena, with an "A-List" party theme. I decided that "trashy + handcuffs" could work for a few celebs, but ostensibly I went as Lindsay Lohan.

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2008-02 Hong Kong and Singapore


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In February, I spent a week in Hong Kong doing presentations and trainings, then over the weekend headed to Singapore and spent the next couple of days there for more meetings. I rented a road bike for the weekend and rode around Singapore and across the border to Malaysia. This was the first time that I have ridden a bicycle across an international border.

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2008-03 Taipei


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2008-04 St. Louis and Boston


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2008-05 Philadelphia


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2008-05 Cambridge


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2008-07 Calgary


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2008-07 San Diego


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2008-11 Singapore


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2008 Holiday trips
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2008-08 Lake Tahoe road trip


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Dave and I rode our Ducs up to South Lake Tahoe for a long weekend

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2008-11 Thanksgiving in MA


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2008-09 San Juan Islands KayakingLynette and I signed up for an REI Adventures 6-day kayaking and camping trip in the San Juan Islands. Our group ended up being 11 people total, plus 2 fantastic guides and chefs, Nikken and Ryan. We started off by taking the float plane to Friday Harbor (San Juan Island), spent a night on San Juan, then paddled to Stuart Island, spent 2 nights there, paddled to Jones Island, spent 2 nights there, and then back to Friday Harbor. We spent a night at a B&B in Friday Harbor (the hot shower and real bed and pillows were really appreciated) before heading back to Seattle via float plane.
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Sept 07 - SFO to Seattle to Smallbox Bay


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On the first day, I flew to Seattle and caught the shuttle to Lake Union, where I met Lynette. We then took the float plane from Lake Union to Friday Harbor. Group members Ned and Gloria were also on the float plane, although we hadn't met them yet. After wandering around town a bit, we met one of our guides (Nikken) the rest of the group at the Whale Museum, had a little orientation, then were driven over towards Smallpox Bay where we met our other guide (Ryan), and camped the night there.

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Sept 08 - Smallbox Bay to Stuart Island


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This was our first day of paddling...we learned how to load up the kayaks, proper paddle technique, and some rescue techniques (which we never needed). We paddled from Smallpox Bay to Stuart Island's Reid Harbor via Mosquito Pass, stopping at Posey Island for lunch on the way.

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Sept 09 - Around Stuart Island


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We paddled out of Reid Harbor and clockwise around the island, near to the Lighthouse, in an attempt to spot Orcas. Unfortunately, we weren't so lucky, so headed back to camp and hiked up there.

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Sept 10 - Stuart Island to Jones Island


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Another early morning, we got up, paddled by Spieden Island where we saw lots of wildlife, and then crossed over to Jones Island in time for lunch. After setting up camp, we all hiked around the island and relaxed a bit. After dinner and a birthday celebration for Gloria, we went for a moonlight paddle around the island, having fun looking at the bioluminescence.

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Sept 11 - Yellow Island and Deer Harbor


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On Thursday, the group decided to visit Yellow Island (once a private home, now a nature conservancy), and then have a taste of civilization at Deer Harbor (aka "Beer Harbor") on Orcas Island. We spent the afternoon relaxing, then made s'mores and sang over a roaring campfire thanks to former boy scout Hank.

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Sept 12 - Jones Island to Friday Harbor


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On our last day of paddling, we headed back for Friday Harbor, unloaded and transferred all of the gear and luggage, and said our farewells. Five of us (me, Lynette, Rolf, Liz and Janet) spent the night in Friday Harbor, so we got together at a Mediterranean restaurant for dinner.

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Sept 13 - Friday Harbor to Seattle and SFO


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Lynette and I took the float plane back from Friday Harbor to Seattle's Lake Union. I got to sit in the co-pilot seat this time! She spent one more night in Seattle, and I headed to Sea-Tac airport and home in time for my birthday the next day.

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2009 Business trips
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2009-07 Oregon


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Went to Corvallis for work, then visited friends on the side of Mt. Hood on my way back to the airport. I had the time for a short hike partway up.

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2009-08 Vancouver


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Dave's Kazakhstan trip


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2010 Business trips
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2010-05 Brazil


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2010-03 St. Thomas
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St. Thomas day 1 - Sunday


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St. Thomas day 2 - Monday


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St. Thomas day 3 - Tuesday


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St. Thomas day 4 - Wednesday


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St. Thomas day 5 - Thursday


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St. Thomas day 6 - Friday


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2012-02 SLO


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61 files, last one added on Mar 19, 2012
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2012-12 SLO


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