We've travelled by plane, boat, train and car through all of Western Europe. We have done a home stay in Austria, spent 4 weeks traveling by trains, cruised the Baltic, and the Mediterranean and done a river cruise down the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. We have 9 former exchange students who live in Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Spain and Belgium who we get to visit and live like locals.
After spending Christmas in Fiji, we explored the east coast of Australia by boat, plane and car. We drove the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide, went inland to Beechworth, back to Brisbane on the coast, up to Cairns, where we stayed aboard a dive boat and spent three days on the Great Barrier Reef, then headed north to Cape Tribulation where we stayed in a treehouse in the rainforest. We cruised to Tazmania and visited both islands of NewZealand.
Khalled guided our Collette tour where we spent time in Cairo, then flew to Luxor and visited other historic sites as we sailed down the Nile. The history. The culture. The geography. The history. We felt so safe, so welcomed and were so glad to have a guide who spoke the language, was an anthropologist, and was able to explain everything from traffic to religious practices. Did we mention the history?
We started in Peru, stayed in the Sacred Valley, took the train and hiked to Machu Picchu, then drove by bus from Cuzco to Puno where we stayed on the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. We took another bus to Arequipa, then flew to Chile, sailed down the coast, around the horn, out to the Falkland Islands, up to Uruguay and Argentina. We then flew to Iguazu Falls, Curitiba, and Sao Paolo, Brazil before heading to Mendoza, Argentina.
Jennifer traversed China by train from Beijing in the north to the Yangshuo in the south. She hiked Xihai in the Huangshan Mountains, ate street food in Changsha, the capital of Hunan, sailed the Li river on a barge from Guilin to Yangshuo, and hiked the Great Wall in Beijing. She might also have brought home a guitar for Jonathan from the Eastman Guitar Factory.
Jennifer has a special love for the Philippines. Through Rotary International, she's taken three groups to the Vizayas region to work with local villages. It is a beautiful country, but the draw is the people. Her teams have worked on livelihood, sanitation and nutrition projects, gone island hopping, and made friends and memories that keep beckoning them back.