Here we are, you knew this was coming! Last year after taking my 990 around the whole world and finishing 4 years long journey I needed a rest. I did not feel it until I was reaching Austin, Texas. That was the first time I was connecting the dots after circulating the globe. When I was about 30 miles before Austin I asked myself whether I was ready for the second round.....and honestly I was not. I felt I needed a rest. Then few months passed and I started to feel better, unfortunately the small remind of my savings disappeared so I could not afford to travel. Through my friend Doug here in Houston I got a job to build water tanks. I was quite surprised that I actually liked the job, and I had quite a bit of free time; the problem was that I could not save any money......living in US is just very expensive. At that point I felt like in a did-end street; if I was continuing with the same job I would not move anywhere. It was about the same time Ed was planning his trip to Europe, I pushed hard and saved around 3k and was ready to join Ed. I was about two days before buying plane tickets to Europe when I received two phone calls. Both were from my former colleagues from Oil&Gas and both wanted me to work for them (in two different companies). It was a huge dilemma, because I was mentally ready to go on a road again. I had to make a call......it was not an easy one. I decided to accept one of the offers, it was a good one; and I knew that I can save enough for the whole Africa trip within fairly short time. That was a little bit of background for you.......Since June I was saving couple of weeks of vacation for one trip. Originally I wanted to visit Venezuela, but then I realized that the country is way too big for 2 weeks. I would need at least 2 months. Then I started looking for something smaller. When I learned that the highest mountain of the Hispaniola (Pico Duarte) is 10,128 ft. high I knew that was my next destination....I wanted to hike it (maybe on a bike) After Ed returned from Europe I called him and asked whether he wanted to join me.....after couple of days and several articles about bad situation in Haiti which he sent me he agreed....I knew he would :) This should be be a good one!! Sit back and enjoy!