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We took a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament to which we do not vote ‘Not Content’. That is to say, it was most excellent! House of Commons votes ‘Aye’ or ‘No’, House of Lords votes ‘Content’ or ‘Not Content’… POSH! The Queen opens Parliament each year after a grand procession from Buckingham Palace. According to our guide, one of Tony Blair’s early blunders as PM was to schedule the State Opening to coincide with the opening day of Royal Ascot. The Queen, it turns out, likes her horse racing and doesn’t like to miss. Rather than the normal […] Read more

We’re on Oxford Time

Monday, we took the train out to Oxford and met Jake for lunch. The train ride from Paddington to Oxford was about an hour. We had a fantastic tour led by David of Oxford City Walk (highly recommend! http://oxfordcitywalk.co.uk) who kept us entertained with poetry, song and funny diddies while we traipsed around the streets of the second-oldest university in the world (the oldest is the University of Bologna in case you’re curious).  There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and college buildings date back to the early 1200’s. Along with […] Read more

London Bridges, 5 Days Down

We’re wrapping up our 5-day stay in London, and it’s been terrific, all we were hoping for. We finally got to see Mark in something other than his purple shirt after his luggage arrived late Tuesday night. All’s well that ends well; we were most delighted to have our much-researched hiking gear for Switzerland and Kilimanjaro back in our possession. Our Thames River cruise on the way to Greenwich (see July 29 post) gave us a nice overview of what we would explore this week. We could really see the tidal effect on the river at different times of day; […] Read more

Bag Update

5 out of 6 delivered (remember, there are 4 of us, and 2 bags are for Kilimanjaro and the rest of Africa tour 🙂 but no bag for Mark here in London. Good thing he looks fabulous in purple! And lucky for Mom and I we had ‘clothes angels’ … friends who happened to be in London and could loan us a change for yesterday. Thank you Brandy and Courtney! Read more


Greenwich Greenwich, located in South East London is renowned for its maritime history and for giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian (0° longitude) and Greenwich Mean Time. The town became the site of a royal palace, the Palace of Placentia from the 15th century, and was the birthplace of many in the House of Tudor, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The town became a popular resort in the 17th century and many grand houses were built there, such as Vanbrugh Castle, built in 1717. The maritime connections of Greenwich were celebrated in the 20th century, with the siting of the Cutty Sark and Gipsy Moth IV next to the river front, and the National […] 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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