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Meiringen to Grindelwald

Took the bus to Scwarzwaldalp (half price with our Swiss Cards. Bus dropped off the daily paper to a few residents and shop owners along the way. We hiked up about 2000 feet to the pass at Gross Scheidegg, the sheer walls of the Wellhorn Peak an impressive presence on our left as we hiked. As we topped the hill we were treated to sweeping views of the Grindelwald basin far below us, and up ahead to the left, the razor-sharp profile of the Eiger. We hiked west on the Hohenweg 2400 path and the views were outstanding the entire […] Read more

Feeling Naked

Today we begin the traveling-light phase of our trip. Mark and I will carry only our backpacks while we hike in Switzerland for the next month. We parted with our laptops and kindles today… it was a libblelit* scary, I must say. We were able to leave them in our Africa/Kili luggage in a locked storage area at the Ibis Hotel until we return in a month – for free! We each have an ipad mini and a cell phone which will be my blogging instruments. Please excuse any typos and formatting oddities, and while I`m asking, any bad writing. […] Read more

Edinburgh and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh is a city of contrasts. There is the cultural juxtaposition of The Edinburgh International Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The 2013 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the architectural (and geographic) juxtaposition of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town (with its preserved medieval street plan and 16th century buildings), its New Town (in Georgian style and a masterpiece of city planning) and its controversial Parliament building (opened in 2004). We toured Mary King’s Close which took us under the present buildings that line the Royal Mile (the high or main street leading up to the castle). Thousands of people lived in […] Read more

God Save the Queen

The Scots have a reputation for being pessimistic (check out this … hilarious? sad? article I found on the subject…) http://www.trans4mind.com/counterpoint/index-humor-inspiration/humor2.shtml As the gentleman Scot said to his lady “It’s a lovely day today.” Aye,” she replied. “But we’ll suffer for it.”  We found the Scots’ humor hilarious… upon seeing our luggage, the concierge at The Caledonian, Malcolm, asked,  “Is there anything left at home?” “Well,” my mom replied, “we’re here for two nights.”  Malcolm: “Ah, of course madam, that explains it!” And their hospitality was warm and pervasive, from service staff in the hotels, pubs and tourist attractions, to […] Read more

A Walk on the Wild Side

From www.edfringe.com: “The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events. Our story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh […] Read more


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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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