Future Adventures


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


  • Ethiopia
  • Tazara Train to Zambia
  • Namibia
  • Mali
  • Capetown, South Africa
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Burma
  • Bhutan
  • Overland: Istanbul to Egypt
  • Overland: The Silk Road
  • Sri Lanka
  • Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
  • The Milford Trek, NZ
  • Base Camp, Everest, Nepal
  • Road Trip: Seattle to Washington D.C
  • New Orleans
  • Greenland
  • Cuba
  • Carnivale, Brazil
  • Rio, Brazil
  • Maldives
  • Bora Bora
  • Caribbean
  • Angel Falls, Venezuela
  • Israel
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Kimberly Coast, WA, Australia
  • Rajan Ampat, PNG
  • Kokoda Trail, PNG
  • Ice Hotel, Sweden
  • ITALY: Lake Como, Sicily, Sardinia, Venice for Carnivale
  • Kefalonnia, Greece
  • New Foundland, Canada
  • Polar Bears, Churchill, Canada
  • Northern Lights
  • Overland: London to Istanbul
  • The Orient Express: London to Venice
  • Iguazu Falls, Argentina
  • Iceland
  • Hawaiian Islands- Kauai, Hawaii
  • Antarctica
  • The North Pole
  • The Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada
  • Countries visited: 106…..one day!

6 Responses to “Future Adventures”
  1. Line Bourgeois says:

    The Magdalen Islands, Canada

  2. Travis Swiger says:

    Hey Natalie!
    Did you happen to work at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney for NBC??? My Name is Travis Swiger, from Washington DC, I worked for NBC Olympics during the 2000 games and I stumbled upon your blog online. Small world if you did!! I was one of the Guys you were always arranging transportation for during the games. Looks like you’ve had some pretty cool adventures over the past 10 years!! Hope All is well, I am enjoying your site!

    • Hi Travis,
      I did work for NBC during the Sydney Games, so you have a very good memory and it is indeed a small world. What were you doing for them back then? It was such a big operation, I have run in to a few people from NBC over the years in various places, but only keep in touch with 2 or 3 nowadays. Good to hear from you though. Natalie

  3. Travis Swiger says:

    I was a “production runner” for NBC, stationed at the International Broadcast Center. There were about 12 of us on call at the front reception desk, just inside the NBC area. We took care of a multitude of things (delivered tapes to venues across town, picked up dry cleaning, runs to the hardware store, etc.) I was on the day shift and hung around with this dude Conner who was also a runner with NBC. I would usually run into you out in front of the IBC, while waiting for a ride to what ever job I was running. I guess NBC didn’t trust us Americans to Drive on the left side of the road!!

  4. Travis Swiger says:

    It dose seem like a long time ago, but sometimes it seems just like yesterday to me! It was a the Job of a life time for a 19 year old kid like me!! It was pretty short lived…I think my contract was for 6 weeks, but that was longer than most of my coworkers. I remember it was really depressing during the weeks following the games. Seeing all the venues and production facilities that took so long to construct, gone in just days. What a High though during and before the games…..got to meet so many cool and different people. My Uncle still dose work for the Olympic committee. Hes worked most of the games since Sydney, but still says they were the best games in his mind. He and his family got to live in Sydney for 2 years leading up to the games. He was the Venue Broadcast Manager for the Aquatics center during the games. I lived with them for 3 months while working for NBC. I was one of the few who didn’t live in the wild “media village” but made trips quite often!
    I had the opportunity to work with NBC again during the Salt Lake City Winter Games, but since i had already taken time off from University, i decided to remain at school and continue my studies.
    I graduated in 2004 from West Virginia University with a BFA in Multimedia and i minored in Art History. After working in the post production industry for 3 years after school, I started working at one of my hometown High schools teaching TV Productions and running their TV Studio and Theater.
    I have not made it back to Sydney, Although i really want to at some point. Australia was an Awesome experience, the people were so nice, everything was so beautiful. Still to this day i haven’t partied like I did in the Streets of Sydney During those 6 weeks! Not even in DC and that’s pretty close to where i live!
    From looking at your blog, looks like you’ve been headed back to Sydney for sometime. When are you headed back?? Looks like you keep getting distracted on your way!!

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