Christy and Aaron Tracker

Follow Christy and Aaron on their backpacking trip around the world

Chiang Mai

Posted by Aaron in Posts on 01 2nd, 2011

We spent several days in Chiang Mai around the new year. When we were not celebrating we took some time to experience some of the Thai culture.

Chiang Mai is famous for its many Buddhist temples. Everywhere we walked in the old city we found more temples.

Aaron at a Buddhist temple

Christy with one of the many temple dogs

Aaron and a large Buddha statue

Christy at a Buddhist temple

The highlight of all of the temples was Doi Suthep, 12 kilometers from town at the top of a mountain.

Aaron at Doi Suthep

Statue at Doi Suthep

Christy at Doi Suthep

All over Chiang Mai, people are offering cheap Thai massages. We did not indulge, but we could not resist a fish spa. In a fish spa there are tanks of doctor fish that eat the dead skin off of your feet. The fish do not hurt. They mildly tickle until you get used to the feeling. Here is a video of Christy’s initial reaction when the doctor fish begin to nibble at her dead skin:

What I Miss…

Posted by Christy in Posts on 08 19th, 2010

We have been on the road for almost three months now, and I thought you all would be interested in knowing what I really miss in America. Obviously, I miss friends and family, but who wouldn’t? So, here is my list, what do you think?

1.) Movies

Ahh! I have already missed Toy Story 3 and Inception! Not to mention I will be missing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I in November. At least I can look forward to catching up on everything when I get back.

2.) English as a First Language

Wow, Aaron and I wish we could understand everyone, and that they could understand us. Everywhere we go we have to ask if they speak English. We really need to work on learning other languages, fellow Americans. Seriously.

3.) Familiar Food

OK, trying new food is so much fun! BUT, just once, I would love to see a Chili’s, or an Applebee’s, or SOMETHING, where I could go in and order any American food I wanted. Oh well, at least we have McDonald’s.

4.) Not Living Out of a Backpack

Wearing the same seven outfits gets old, FAST.


I miss him so much it hurts. Sometimes on the buses and trains I imagine our reunion, and how he is going to react. Do you think he will remember me? And if I feel this way about my dog, how will I feel about my kids?

At least I know my parents are taking good care of him, and I get to see him on Skype sometimes. Don’t worry, Homer, only nine more months to go!

A little piece of America in Germany

Posted by Aaron in Posts on 07 28th, 2010

Our first destination in Germany was Stuttgart to visit a high school friend and his wife. Tim is in the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany.

It was our first time being on a military base. We were full of questions about Army and base life. As we were pulling into security Tim and Kally likened base living to a little America away from America. As we spent more time on the base we began to appreciate what they meant. Twice, Kally took us to the general store on base to shop around for supplies and food. She was nice enough not to laugh as we wandered around, happily surrounded by familiar brands. We had to pay for our pancake mix with United States dollars. Everyone spoke with American accents. Even the colors reminded us of being in a Wal-Mart. Is it sad to say we have come to feel Wal-Mart feels very American?

Christy loved Tim and Kally’s dog Ki. She has been missing our dog Homer, so it was really nice for her to have a dog around again.

Christy with Ki

Tim is a medic, so he was able to placate Christy’s ever increasing fear of parasites and sicknesses. We got a lot of useful advice on staying healthy and minimizing sickness. Once again, the number one rule is avoiding water.

With Chrisy’s dog and medication needs satisfied, we had some time left over for sightseeing. German art was a little different than other things we had seen.

Old German leaders

Our favorite sight in Stuttgart was an old Paternoster elevator that cannot be made anymore because the design is too dangerous. The elevator has no door and the cars just continuously move up and down. We were all really glad we listened to the random stranger on the street who told us about this elevator.

Our time in Stuttgart quickly came to an end and we had to say goodbye to Tim, Kally, and Ki. It was hard to leave the comforts of America away from America and old friends, but we were recharged and excited to get to Munich.

Aaron, Christy, Kally, Tim, and Ki

Straight out of Police Academy

Posted by Aaron in Posts on 07 15th, 2010

A funny thing happened to us on our bus ride from Barcelona to Paris. The drug dog that boarded our bus identified a suspicious character and alerted the human officers by humping the man. The drug dog appeared to be a puppy in training so I guess he can be excused for his behavior, or maybe the French police have a good sense of humor. For us it was the highlight of the 14 hour bus ride.