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Apr 29, 2020 - Photo Links

Finally, I finished editing, uploading, and labeling the photos. They are chosen from over 2 thousand of photos. it took quite some time to get the species name right. During the photo editing process, I found some new birds that I did not know I had them. I had to solicit help from a Colombian ornithologist Dalino Santos to identify them. I hired him for a day when I was at Parque Chicaque near Bogota and had a great time birding together. Some of those photos are very bad, just a little view of a bird from side, back or the front. He...

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Colombia Advanture

Mar 10, 2020 - Day 38

At 4:00am my alarm sounded. Fortunately, the clothes are all dried. I packed them. I did not buy any crafts except a small bag of coffee from a farm. All the things fit into my suitcase and backpack. Mauricio drove me to the airport. I thanked him and his family for hosting me and all they have done for me. The check in process for United airline was quick. The immigration line was long but quick also. At 6:00am I reached the waiting area. I still had about C$60,000 ($20) and wanted to spend it. At a market I bought a few sweets and some...

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Colombia Advanture

Feb 25, 2020 - Seattle Feb 2020

Su is graduating from UW Seattle in June 2020, it has been 4 years since he started and Jag and I have not visited him since Nov 2016! So we decided to spend a weekend with him. We travelled to Seattle on Southwest Airlines leaving on Thursday 2/20 at 5:30pm. We rented a car via booking.com with Payless - a dark grey Toyota Corolla. The rental car building in SEATAC is separate from the main airport and very nice and efficient. We decided to have dinner before checking in to the hotel. We were in the mood for some thai food, so we yelped...

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Feb 1, 2020 - Seattle (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We were looking forward to spending a few comfortable hours in the Centurion Lounge at the Seattle airport, but to our dismay, the lounge was closing at 10:00pm and we didn’t reach it till well after 8:00. We’ve enjoyed their great food and drinks in the past, but the buffet was almost empty except for one hot dish, some salad fixings, ripple chips and salsa and only lemon cookies for dessert. If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking you’d be happy with this as opposed to buying food out on the main...

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Jan 29, 2020 - Pre-trip planning

Each year I would like to visit one Spanish speaking country that is bird rich. Of course, most of them are located on the American continent. Started with Costa Rica, Mexico and Ecuador, this year I am visiting Colombia. This was prompted by an email I received from a person with Seattle Audubon called David Cook who was organizing a 10-day birding tour to Colombia. Initially I thought it would be nice to try to go with a group. After reviewing their schedule, I bailed out. The reason is that it is hardcore birding, no market or museum...

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Colombia Advanture

Jan 12, 2020 - Last entry

I have not been diligent to write journals once I got on Big Island. I went somewhere to look for endemic birds on the island in the early morning, joined my friends to fix dinner later afternoon to early evening; chatted with them in the evening; then I was too tired to write. Every day was so enjoyable. My friends are foodies, well-traveled, very kind and wise. Not only I was fed with excellent food but laughter and thoughts for my brain also. It was quite an internally gathering: India, Iran, Germany, USA, China, Macau. The food...

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Hawaii2019

Nov 4, 2019 - Pre-trip planning

I visited Hawaii 3 times before, but the last time was 1997. I always think I would first visit places that are hard to get to when I still have energy and health. Hawaii was not on my radar. This all changed a couple of weeks ago when I received an invitation from a couple of friends. I met them in Ecuador in March at a hotel where we all stayed. We hit off very well. They live in Seattle area and are retired anesthesiologists from Swedish hospital. We know some mutual anesthesiologist friends such as Dr. Auyong of Virginia Mason. They...

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Hawaii2019

Oct 8, 2019 - Seattle

Today was our first and last full day in Seattle. In spite of early rain in the day, we ventured out to do a "walkabout" of downtown Seattle. The Pacific Science Center was, alas, closed, but the Chihuly Garden and Glass was open, and we were very glad it was. Sandy had previously visited the place, but I had not. Dale Chihuly is a very gifted artist who specializes in glass, and what a gifted specialization he has! Some of his creations defy the imagination, but as he said himself, "sometimes I don't know what I am going to do until I do...

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Oct 7, 2019 - Port Gamble & Seattle

Leaving Port Townsend, we stopped at the Jefferson County International Airport. Yes, I said the International Airport. It really is a well laid out small general aviation field, but it carries the moniker of "International" because one can clear Customs coming from Canada without going to a large airport like Seattle-Tacoma. In any case, we had a delicious breakfast at the Spruce Goose Café, located at the airport. There are numerous model airplanes hanging from the ceiling and other aviation related memorabilia situated around the café,...

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Sep 26, 2019 - Seattle (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We love flying with Alaska Airlines because of their many positive customer perks, but especially because they are very quick to email their guests a credit voucher if their flight is delayed an inconvenient amount of time. This happened to us last year when we were returning from a trip to the Oahu and the Big Island, Hawaii. The credit vouchers are good for one year, as long as the flight is booked before the voucher expires. It was good until the end of May, and we used it for this flight in late September....

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Sep 10, 2019 - Seattle

10 September 2019 Our last full day in Seattle, so plans had to be made. The men left first to pick up Ian's repaired watch from the watchmaker. The girls followed a little later and we met up at the Washington Convention Centre to catch the first hop on, hop off bus of the day. Had to wait longer than expected, but we were eventually on our way to the sky needle. Think there were probably a few showers during the night, but the day just kept improving, and the predicted showers did not eventuate. Had a quick look around the area, and then...

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2019 Bear Hunt

Sep 9, 2019 - Seattle

9 September 2019 A planned easy day today. Was supposed to be quite a wet day in earlier forecasts, but it turned out to be a day of light showers, sometimes dull and sometimes a bit sunny. It has been a lot cooler than when we first arrived. When we did go out for a walk, the breeze coming off the Bay was very chilly. We both caught up on some washing taking advantage of the free laundry on our floor. Sat and chatted over a coffee in our room before going for a walk. Had lunch at a favorite spot not far from our accommodation. Went for a...

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2019 Bear Hunt

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