rich and ruth’s travelogue

Travelers Meet Their Waterloo in Sweden

Story written 23 July 2008

Mama Mia! Not since Greta Garbo disappeared from the movie screen, with the famous epitaph, “I vant to be alone,” has Sweden captured so much of the American zeitgeist.

San Francisco’s Love Affair with Asia by Ruth and Rich Carlson/

Story written 23 June 2008

Asian influences are prominent in the cuisine, architecture and fashion of “the City by the Bay.” (Don’t call it Frisco unless you want everyone to know you’re a tourist!) San Francisco is compact and you can walk from one end to the other, which keeps th

Wednesday Night Boat Racing at the Santa Cruz Harbor

Story written 29 May 2008

Every Wednesday night during daylight savings time, you'll find upwards of 200 sailboats heading out onto Monterey bay for the Wednesday Night Beer Can Races. There no winner, just lots of fun, fast boats, and smiles all around.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand...really fine!

Story written 20 May 2008

Long since discovered by the rich and famous, Waiheke Island is just a short twenty minute high speed boat ride from Auckland, New Zealand.

The Taroka Gorge National Park in Taiwan

Story written 18 May 2008

One of the most famous spots for locals and tourists in Taiwan in the Taroka Gorge National Park

Lunar New Year's in Hong Kong

Story written 18 May 2008

What a way to spend a few days...the Lunar New Year's celebrations in Hong Kong, China.

The Festival Queen goes all out for her 400th Anniversary

Story written 6 May 2008

Quebec City Canada is celebrating its 400 Anniversary in 2008 with parades, concerts, and fireworks.

The Tea Ladies of Taiwan

Photo Essay written 21 April 2008

Old and young women with keen eyes and skilled fingers make up the famous Tea Ladies of Taiwan, picking tea along the slopes of mountains throughout Taiwan

Luxury Living on the Wild Side at the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa

Story written 31 January 2008

I spent a few days at the Shamwar Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth in the Easter Cape of South Africa. It's truly like being in the jungle and 70% of the tourists who visit South Africa visit a game reserve.

Hawaii, Luxury Style

Story written 11 January 2008

Next time you decide on an island vacation to Hawaii, go first a multi million dollar villa, bring in a private chef, do yoga every morning by the pool, hire a professional surfer to teach you thrill of riding a wave, or hire a local expert o

rich and ruth carlson (aka Axel Olson)

rich and ruth carlson (aka Axel Olson) has been a member since 25 November 2007 and goes by talkintravel.

Currently in santa cruz.

We are a travel writing team, photographer, and co-hosts of Talkintravel TV, a half hour long TV show on our travels around the world. You can check it out at But mainly we are in search of the next person, place, or thing we've yet to experience.

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