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After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 125 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

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 March 30-April 4th, 2024

After a few days in Kathmandu I flew to Paro, Bhutan to begin my 6 day tour. I was picked up at the airport by my guide, Sonam.

Our 1st stop was in  Bhutan's capital city Thimphu. After lunch we visited the 

Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan celebrating the 60th anniversary of fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck.[1] The statue houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Great Buddha Dordenma itself, are made of bronze and gilded in gold.[2] The Great Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuk, the thirteenth Druk Desi, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Construction began in 2006 and was planned to finish in October 2010, however construction did not conclude until 25 September 2015. The completed work is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, at 169 feet (52 m) and contains 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded bronze Buddhas.[3][4] 

Day 2 was to Punakha which included 2 hours hiking in mountains. 

Day (3) involved several hours driving along the Cliffs to the Gangtey - Phobji Valley.  It was a beautiful drive and provided an adrenaline rush.  After visit the Gangtey Monastery,  we walked down into the valley where the hotel was located. Horses, cows and yaks graze in the valley. 



 March 24 - 27th, 2024

After Jeddah I flew to Riyadh for 3 nights to visit the EDGE OF THE WORLD. Then I will continue to Kathmandu, Nepal.


 March 20-24th, 2024

I flew from Istabul to spend 5 days in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia before traveling to Riyadh. I visited the King Fahad's Fountain that has a water height of 853 ft which is taller than the Eiffel Tower and reputed to be tallest in the world.

TURKEY, Cappadocia

 March 13th - 20th, 2024

Long day of flying from Guatemala to Bogota, then direct to Madrid for 9 hours. Another layover and 5 hours later, I finally arrived in Goreme. 

Last few days I was able to watch the balloons from the hostel's roof terrace. 

COLOMBIA, Cartagena

 Feb. 12 - 18th.

After Havana I continued to Cartagena for 7 days on route back to HOME (Lake Atitlan, Guatemala)


 Feb. 5-12th

After Costa Rica, I decided to spend a week in Havana for my 3rd visit to Cuba. It was too long. 😆