Announcing YOUXIN.ORG

| February 22, 2010 7:30 pm

We have created a new website for our big trip and migrated all our related photos and blog posts. Check out the new www.youxin.org – we hope you like it.

juan-n-ognen.org will stay up but not be updated while we travel, although we just posted our very last pictures from Hungary (right before we left).

Galapagos pictures posted (surprisingly enough)

| December 29, 2009 9:31 pm

Although we are nearly 3 months behind with everything else, we have already posted our pictures from Christmas around the Galapagos Islands. Hope you enjoy.

Happy New Year to all, especially those we did not manage to send out holiday emails to yet (sadly, most of our friends). We hope 2010 is much better to the World than 2009 was (although from a selfish personal perspective, we would be thrilled if it was as good to us as 2009 was).

on vacation

| December 19, 2009 8:41 pm

after over 4 months of “roughing it” on the road, we have decided to take a “vacation” and so are heading off tomorrow on a last minute 8 day cruise around the Galapagos islands. Happy Holidays and a great new year to all… let’s hope 2010 is finally the year we catch up with our blogs and pictures… we miss our friends and hope to see many of you soon

When?

| November 30, 2009 10:49 am

Though you wouldn’t know it by the long gaps between our picture and blog posts, we’ve been traveling around Colombia for more than 40 days now… actually, perhaps the long delays should be a clue as to our location and duration of time spent here. Because, as we’ve learned, Colombians are never in a hurry to be on time for anything (not unlike Bolivians but that’s another story) and have even warped the Spanish language to fit their odd sense of timing. When you ask a Colombian when something will happen or when they will do something, you’re likely to get one of the following short answers. But don’t think that you know the answer even if you’re a fluent Spanish speaker, because it’s different out here.  Here’s how it works:

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Yes we are still here

| November 24, 2009 12:50 pm

so updates to our site have been scant thanks to surprisingly scant Internet access in Colombia but thanks to all those who complained by email and asked for more pics and posts (we are touched you care)… anyway, we have been in Colombia for more than a month now and have some new pictures up from our early days here

almost done going through our backlog of pictures from Bolivia and Peru from October so more stories to come as soon as we get more reliable Internet access

in other news, we got our 1993 Eurovan camper van now so are on the road in style at last… in Cartagena, Colombia right now and about to start our long journey to (hopefully) Punta Arenas in 30 minutes