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From Syria: Erin Trieb’s Photos

We interrupt our travel blog to bring you these photos published by NBCNews.com today. Our daughter and photojournalist, Erin Trieb, was in Iraq and Syria for the past month. The link below will take you to her poignant story on the Women’s Protection Unit, a 7,000-strong Kurdish military group. It’s a bit humbling to be traipsing around the lush Basque Country of France knowing what these women are going through. We are so proud of Erin for her courage, and for her special talent of bringing the world’s stories to us through her photos. From NBCNews.com: “In the dry and desolate […]

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The halfway mark, Nice and The Rothschild Gardens

Two weeks down and two to go at French school. We’ve finally gotten past “Je m’appelle Shauna. Je suis Américaine.”  We’ve actually learned some simple past tense (passé composé) and future tense (futur proche). Some of you have asked what our classes are like. We each have ten students (Mark is in Debutante 1 and I am in Debutante 2). There are also 4 intermediate classes and 2 advanced classes. Most of our classes consisted of being asked: if/where/how/when/with whom/why we did something (last night or last weekend) or are going to do something (tomorrow or next week). Then we […]

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Cycling in the French Pyrenees

The only thing we’ve loved more on this trip than the French Alps was cycling in the French Pyrenees. We fell in love with this area of France on a train ride from Paris to Barcelona with our dear friends Vince and Kirsten in 2002. Last year we drove around exploring. Now we’ve cycled in the area, and in September, we plan to hike part of the Grande Randonnée 10 (GR10), a well-marked hiking trail that runs the length of the Pyrenees on the French side of the France/Spain border. The trail runs from just south of Biarritz on the […]

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Everest from the Air

Our lucky monkeys worked again. On our very last morning in Nepal, the weather cleared and we were able to take a mountain flight along the Himalayas. We got clear views of all the peaks from Kathmandu almost to the eastern border of Nepal, including Everest. We highly recommend anyone traveling to Nepal do this flight, even if you trek in the area. For $200, you get a close up view of these Himalayan behemoths. The pilots even let you go up to the cockpit to get a view out the front window. A truly spectacular way to end our […]

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Nepal is a land-locked country the size of Iowa, with a population of 28 million. 2.5 million live in the capital, Kathmandu. Kathmandu gained notoriety in the 1960s when its Freak Street was a hippie nirvana.  Marijuana and hashish were legal and sold openly in government licensed shops into the 1970s. These days you’re less likely to see tie-dyed hippies in search of enlightenment than Gore-Tex-clad tourists in search of a good cappuccino (that would be us). The sights, sounds and smells can quickly lead to sensory overload. It is another developing-world city in a slow transition to modernity: crazy polluted […]

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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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