10 Oct2017

Later this year marks our 25th Wedding Anniversary, a feat few manage to achieve in this day of less formal living arrangements and seemingly five-year renewal “contracts” between couples. :) But instead of some snazzy party or fancy doodads, we have decided to “cross-off” one of those things on our combined “bucket list”. The itinerary is set (by our favorite luxe/adventure purveyor A2A Journeys), our passports and visas are ready and the wallet is loaded up with savings set aside for special trips like this. My travel notebook of 18+ years still looks and feels great, a thin leather cover folding around paper thin sheets within. This notebook has recorded notes from trips through France, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and all sorts of places in between. I have just cleared it of previous notes to make way for this trip…

I have NEVER had to deliberate and vacillate about what to put in my luggage before a vacation as much as this trip. I actually packed 3 days ahead and it took SEVERAL hours. The problem? Temperatures that range from -5C to +30C. Altitudes from sea level to some 12,000 feet. From cosmopolitan settings to the most remote of places and circling back to this centuries version of a modern hacienda. Dinners in markets or globally recognized star restaurants. Add on to that a wedding in traditional piña barong on the way home, a necessary stop in one of my favorite cities in the whole world, New York, and through it all, size 11.5 hiking boots that weigh more than my suitcase. :) So from down, to water-proof pants, long underwear, sweaters at the one end, and formal wear elsewhere in the maletas.

So where are we headed? South America… Peru and Chile in particular on this trip. Stay tuned for more on the trip. Follow progress on instagram or @therealmarketman for snippets of the trip, and I will hopefully take enough notes and photos for future posts on this blog.



  1. bearhug0127 says:

    Mr and Mrs MM, a very happy and blissful 25th wedding anniversary to you! Wishing you all the best that this life can offer! Can’t wait to read your exciting posts! And the photos of course! Wishing you a very happy trip!

    Oct 11, 2017 | 8:54 am

  2. ami says:

    Congratulations on the 25th anniversary Mr and Mrs MM! Many more foodtrips and vacations to come.
    Reminds me of a business trip I took some years ago where I had to spend 1 month in Florida at the client site (office clothes, December, 20C to 27C temperatures) and 1 month at our office in Utah (casual clothes, January, -5C to 5C).

    Oct 11, 2017 | 10:46 am

  3. Betchay says:

    Happy 25th wedding anniversary to you and Mrs. MM!!!
    Have a safe and enjoyable trip!

    Oct 12, 2017 | 1:28 am

  4. Jr says:

    Happy 25th Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. MM

    My wife and I are also celebrating our postponed 20th Anniversary two week vacation in Europe.We postponed it last year due to work schedules.

    We’re going to Barcelona, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Monaco, Marseilles, Paris and London.

    Oct 12, 2017 | 2:30 am

  5. alexishyne says:

    oh my. i’m excited

    Oct 12, 2017 | 11:10 am

  6. Patricia says:

    South America is totally in my bucket list too. <3 A very happy anniversary to you and Mrs. MM! :) Take care and enjoy every minute of it!

    Oct 12, 2017 | 9:38 pm

  7. Footloose says:

    For your silver wedding anniversary, it would be felicitous if a layover in Potosí were part of your itinerary. Now a Unesco World Heritage Centre, that’s where they mined and minted the legendary silver coins made famous to young readers of Treasure Island where the parrot was always screeching, “Pieces of eight… pieces of eight…” shipped to Spain in vast quantities triggering galloping inflation, flowed into China through Manila destabilizing the Ming dynasty.

    Llama steak looks and tastes like the meat of any other ruminant but I dare either of you to have a go at cuy.

    Oct 15, 2017 | 6:17 pm

  8. Meg Abalos Mationg says:

    Happy 25th Anniversary! Wishing you more years of wedded bliss, peace of mind, good health and gustatory delights always! :-)

    Oct 17, 2017 | 10:22 am



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