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AbsoluteVisit Trip Update – Leg 1 Complete – San Francisco Edition


Trip Update from San Francisco, USA

Dreaming of Mt. Bromo – Mt. Bromo, Indonesia

Wow, it has been over three weeks since we have provided an update! Apologies for the delay, but on to the madness . . .

After we last wrote an update from Siem Reap, we spent a few days in Bangkok before heading to the Philippines for 11 days. Here we traversed the metropolis of Manila, saw our seventh AbsoluteVisit (The Banaue Rice Terraces, #33), and explored two amazing Philippine islands – Palawan and Boracay.

Heading out of the Philippines, we made a quick stop in Singapore, and found ourselves in Indonesia. Here, we toured the mayhem of Jakarta, visited our eighth AbsoluteVisit (Borobudur, #25), and were astounded by the site of Mt. Bromo (photo above!).

Finally, we have made our way back to the states for a much needed rest and re-charge. Brad is in Chicago and Will is in San Francisco and although we intend to rest, we know that will be difficult with all of the friends and family we plan on seeing!

Next up, Europe! We’ll be departing on May 13th to Madrid, Spain! Check-out our crazy 86 day itinerary covering 28 AbsoluteVisits below.


Updates – March 30th – April 25th, 2013

Luzon, Philippines – Thanks to the help of Will’s girlfriend Anne, we explored Manila with locals and had the perfect setup for visiting AbsoluteVisit #33, The Banaue Rice Terraces!

Palawan, Philippines – After a crazy 4 days to start our Philippines expedition, we moved to the tranquil island of Palawan. Here we explored the Underground River and Island Hoped around El Nido!

Boracay, Philippines – To cap off our first trip to the Philippines, we headed to the vacation island of Boracay. Covered with white-sands, this island provided the perfect ending to an amazing trip to the Philippines.

Singapore – During an 8-hour lay-over in Singapore, we managed to grab a quick tour of the most incredible pool in the world and had a delicious little India lunch.

Java, Indonesia – On the main island of Indonesia, we toured Jakarta with a local, conquered AbsoluteVisit #25 (Borobudur), and gazed in amazement at Mt. Bromo.

Home Sweet Home – After an insane first leg through Africa and Southeast Asia, we have both made it home (Brad – Chicago, Will – San Francisco). We’ll be using the bulk of this time to catch-up with friends and family, rest, and re-charge. We’ll be getting back to our adventure on May 13th when we head to Europe. First stop, Madrid, Spain.

Next Up

In about 18 days, we’ll be moving to the second leg of the AbsoluteVisit trip, Europe! We will be visiting an astounding 28 AbsoluteVisits. Europe is packed FULL of AV’s and we can’t wait to share them all with you.

Here’s our plan for our trip to Europe:

Europe – May 13th – August 6th – 2013

View Leg 2 – Europe in a larger map

View Leg 2 – Europe in a larger map
May 13th – 24th – Spain
Madrid, Mezquita de Cordoba, Alhambra, Barcelona

May 25th – June 13th – Italy
Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, Colosseum of Rome, St. Peters, Vatican Museum,

Trevi Fountain, Florence Cityscape, Uffizi Gallery, Florence Duomo,

Cinque Terra, Portofino, Venice Canals, St. Mark’s Square, Basilica San Marco

June 14th – 17th – Switzerland
Matterhorn, Zermatt, Zurich

June 18th – 21st – Germany
Neuschwanstein, Munich

June 22nd – 24th – Czech Republic
Prague’s Old Town

June 25th – 27th – Germany

June 28th – 30th – Netherlands

July 1st – 3rd – Belgium

July 4th – 15th – France
Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, Chartres Cathedral,

Chambord Chateau, Mont St. Michel

July 16th – 18th – England
British Museum, London

July 19th – 23rd – Ireland
Dublin, Cliffs of Moher

July 24th – 28th – Norway

July 29th – August 6th – Russia
Hermitage Museum, Church of Spilled Blood, The Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral

Previous Blogs, Photos, and Videos

In case you missed them, here are some photos and blogs from last week!

Blogs (click to read the full photo blog)

AV Trip Blog – Borobudur – AbsoluteVisit #25

AV Trip Blog – Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The Most Incredible Pool in the World – Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

AV Trip Blog – Until next time, farewell Philippines

AV Trip Blog – The Banaue Rice Terraces – AbsoluteVisit #33

AV Trip Blog – Island Hopping – El Nido, Philippines

AV Trip Blog – Angkor Wat Visit – AbsoluteVisit #7

Sleeping Stone Giant – Bayon Temple – Siem Reap, Cambodia

AV Trip Blog – Curry and Iced Coffee on the Streets of Bangkok, Thailand

Photos (click to read the full photo blog)

Hardcore Photo Shoot – Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Two Wheel Circus – Jakarta, Indonesia

The Future Riders – Jakarta, Indonesia

Last Seconds of Sunlight – Boracay, Philippines

Purple Haze Sunset – Boracay, Philippines

Spirit of the Philippines Sunset – Boracay, Philippines

Angkor Wat Stone Battle – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Feelings – Siem Reap, Cambodia

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