Aloha! We’re Betsy and Pete!

2015 begins our fifth year of location independence. Happiness can definitely be found in a simplified, travel-centered life! We’ve road-tripped, sold all our stuff, moved to a tropical island, visited over 20 countries, and now travel the world full-time. Join us as we're PassingThru!

Context Travel Barcelona: Story within History

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"Christopher Columbus had a pocketful of beans." This engaging imagery bridged our two Context Travel Barcelona tours: Gothic Quarter and City of Chocolate. Arriving in a city we'd never visited, we welcomed the opportunity to acclimate ourselves by taking two Context Travel Barcelona tours: City of Chocolate and Gothic Quarter. Little did we realize a single engaging story would bridge and overlap these two seemingly unrelated approaches to educating and entertaining us with Barcelona's Continue Reading

La Moreneta and a Visit to Montserrat

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La Moreneta is Catalunya’s patron saint, revered by believers worldwide. When we visited Montserrat, her mystical qualities cast a lingering spell. We’d stumbled into the basilica at Montserrat just in time for Sunday Mass, and still the line to see her continued of its own accord. The famous boys choir sang, the Mass was spoken in dulcet Catalan, and the line never faltered. Pilgrim by pilgrim. Step by step. Each awaiting a turn with the Black Madonna, La Moreneta, Our Lady of Continue Reading

Lost Wallet in Paris

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When something important goes missing while you're traveling abroad, you get that sinking feeling. Here's what happened with Pete's lost wallet in Paris. "My wallet is gone." At first, I didn't pay much attention. Rummaging through his backpack, zipping and unzipping compartments, Pete's worry mounted. "Here, let me look," I demanded, not very nicely if truth be told. I was tired; it had been a long day. I wasn't ready to deal with a lost wallet in Paris. Pete and I both misplace things from Continue Reading

7 Ways Off Season Mallorca is Better

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When we found ourselves headed there unexpectedly, we didn't realize it would steal our hearts seven different ways. Off season Mallorca is better. Don’t you love it when you arrive at a destination you’ve never visited and right away you can’t believe your luck? Off season Mallorca was like that for us. “I live where I would like to live. I live in Mallorca, Spain, and I am not sure there are better places.” Rafael Nadal Redeeming timeshare exchanges can be somewhat of a crapshoot. When a Continue Reading

In the Castle and Garden of Gala Dalí

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Salvador Dalí created a refuge for his wife, and a sensory allegory of their psyches and relationship: in the medieval castle and garden of Gala Dalí. Thirty-three years ago this month, a flashy Cadillac sped toward a castle in the tiny village of Púbol in Catalunya. A dead woman rode upright in the back seat. With a nurse at her side, 87-year-old Gala Dalí was escaping from the world one last time. Today, there is more than a glimpse of her unusual relationship with her husband and their Continue Reading

Pulau Ubin and the Ghosts of Old Singapore

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Time stands still a short ferry ride from Changi Village. In the rustic roads and forests on the island of Pulau Ubin, the ghosts of old Singapore appear. The recommendation was from the daughter of a friend. “And they need to go to Pulau Ubin for one day,” came the forwarded message. “It's a little Singaporean Island that is unchanged since the 60s and 70s. It's how the whole Island used to be until the government came in and tore everything down to build it up as a first world country.” We Continue Reading

Walking Costa Brava: A Walk on the Wild Side

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Who doesn’t like long walks by the sea? If you're thinking of walking in Spain, consider walking Costa Brava! It's a walk a little more on the wild side. Spain’s Costa Brava is somewhat of an unknown factor - to Americans, anyway - on the Mediterranean. Mention it in the U.S. and you’re likely to get a blank stare. When Americans think of Spain, they think of Madrid, or even running with the bulls in Pamplona. Mediterranean family cousins to the Costa Brava in France, Italy, Greece, and even Continue Reading