Too Fast to Handle – Sledding in Grindelwald

Ever have dreams of careening down a mountain and mind numbing speeds?  Well I have a solution that won’t do the mind numbing part but is still a ton of fun.  You can go sledding, or sledging as it is called in Grindelwald, Switzerland down an 8 km path that also has rest stops along the way for food or even beer(Drunk sledding will be … Continue reading Too Fast to Handle – Sledding in Grindelwald

Chinatown, San Francisco and a Strong Mai Tai

This last weekend I was in San Francisco for the O’Reilly Conference on Artificial Intelligence and if I could translate that to an experience on a travel blog somehow I probably would.  However, more appropriately, my hotel, The SF Plaza Hotel, was located right next to the famous Chinatown area and I got to spend a good amount of time there and I feel it … Continue reading Chinatown, San Francisco and a Strong Mai Tai

Quick Review – Teddy Bear Museum, Helsinki

When does a hobby move to an obsession?  When is the obsession OK?  I’m not exactly sure why those questions just popped into my head but anyway lets discuss the Teddy Bear and Hobby Museum in Helsinki.  It is a small exhibit which can be done in about a half hour and costs 4.50 Euros per person.  It is also run by a lovely couple … Continue reading Quick Review – Teddy Bear Museum, Helsinki

Surviving Oktoberfest in Munich

I am going to discuss my experience at Oktoberfest in Munich, or as it has been affectionately called, the greatest trip I don’t remember. Here’s a quick list of my key suggestions to getting by one day at a time in this dirndl tidal wave.  If you want a table in a main tent, you need to be there very early.  This doesn’t mean a … Continue reading Surviving Oktoberfest in Munich

Dealing With Mechanics in Mongolia

One of the key aspects of completing the Mongol Rally is the ability to handle strange breakdowns in foreign places.  For this reason I felt like going into more details on a story briefly mentioned in my previous write up on the Mongol Rally here. When we first crossed into Mongolia our spirits were high, we had already made it farther than we had thought … Continue reading Dealing With Mechanics in Mongolia