Day 166 – Niagara Falls Day 2 of 2

Today Fanny and I had planned to go the Hornblower Niagara Falls Boat tour. It delivered what was expected, stunning views of the falls and a good shower. It wasn’t a very long tour but it was plenty of time to get intimate views of the falls and get a good chill from the water. We took the shots below prior to boarding. These shots were taken from the Hornblower itself. After the tour we grabbed a cup of coffee and I dropped Fanny back at the hostel. I said goodbye and drove towards home. Driving on recognizable roads, and eventually through my neighborhood felt surreal. It had been over 5 months since I had seen my milieu and it was more jarring than showing up to an unfamiliar location. The first leg of this trip took 166 days and put 17,832 miles on my car.  

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Back Home

I am now back home and I am taking a pause from travel. A pause because I leave on 12/31/14 for Ushuaia, Argentina. The next leg of my trip will concentrate itself in South America and should last around 6 months. The plan is to work my way up the continent using Unesco World Heritage sites as a guiding mechanism. Obviously these sites are scattered throughout the continent but on my mental list is: Los Glaciares National Park, Cueva de las manos, Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, the Amazon Preserve, Salar de Uyuni, and the Galapagos. This by far is not a full list of things I want to see but I don’t think an exhaustive list would be any fun to read. I have spent my time running around seeing friends and family while back home. It has been one of the best things about being home. The second is…

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My Health Insurance Screw Up

So I thought I had things figured out beautifully when it came to my health insurance. I had purchased worldnomads travlers insurance which includes healthcare coverage provided you are 100 miles away from your primary residence. It is more of a catastrophic plan than a normal health care plan. It covers emergent events such as a broken leg, an appendix burst, etc. I ignorantly assumed this was sufficient coverage. While writing what I’ve learned about travelers insurance, I stopped and questioned this assumption. As you can tell from the foreshadowing words above, I have been in violation of the Affordable Care Act for 2014. Specifically the Minimum Essential Coverage provision. My travelers insurance plan did not meet the Minimum Essential Coverage standard. Great! What does that mean? It means I will have to pay a penalty for not having healthcare coverage during 2014. For 2014 that penalty is 1% of…

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