Who Is We Discovered This
We Discovered This is a travel blog run by professional blogger and photographer Kadie Pangburn and her husband, professional writer and journalist Joe Pangburn. Together, when they they aren’t traveling the world, they reside in Huntsville Alabama with their weimaraner Audrey.
Why We Started This Blog
Let’s be honest, the world doesn’t really NEED another travel blog. Seriously, THE. ARE. SO. MANY. So why create yet another one?
To be frank, it was sort of an accident.
Mostly we were just looking for a way to share the 11,000 images we had recently taken on our vacation to Egypt with our friends and family who kept asking to see photos. But then we also kept getting private messages asking for recommendations on places to go, and things to see etc. from friends who were inspired by our trip to take one of their own.
So what began as a simple desire to share a few vacation photos somehow quickly escalated into a full on brain dump of every step of our trip at which point we figured… well, we’ve come this far, we might as well make it official. So I guess we’re travel bloggers now… this is our life now…
Travel Style: Obsessive planner/researcher/spreadsheeter and overly snap happy pro photographer who enjoys just “wandering around and exploring”… you know… as long as there is some sort of plan and all food options for the day have been meticulously researched and selected in advance.
Favorite Place You’ve Stayed On A Trip: The Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan Egypt. I’ve been obsessed with Agatha Christie my entire life and so getting to stay at the hotel where she lived while writing her novel Death On The Nile was a once in a lifetime opportunity I’ll never forget.
What Do You Want On A Trip: I want to get lost in another culture and explore all it’s nooks and crannies with my camera. I want great local food and it doesn’t matter to me if its from a Michelin star restaurant or some random dude selling food out of the back of his pick-up truck in the middle of a dark alley in the “sketchy” part of town. My favorite destinations have a strong sense of identity, history and heritage that all work together to transport you into the story of that place and its people.
Biggest Travel Pet Peeves: A lack of any plan and no place picked out to eat at in advance of feeling hungry.
Don’t get me wrong. I love to wander around and explore, but I just want to know there is a plan in place to make sure that I’m using my time wisely and will get to see everything I wanted to see while I’m visiting… so I guess you could say I highly enjoy planned wandering. That’s a thing right?
As to the food thing, I remember going on trips with my family to Europe as a kid and all of us just aimlessly wandering around the city, for what felt like hours, while we were all starving, trying to find some place to eat and then being disappointed in the food. (Seriously though how did people find good food before the internet? Also I just realized how old that makes me sound). That and the fact that picking a restaurant to eat at on the spot is oddly intensely stress/panic inducing for me. Life and my trips are just too short to waste a single meal on just “ok” food. So I always make sure to research the area of town we’ll be in during each meal time of our trip and have two or three options I’ve reviewed in advance and know will have great food.
Most Annoying Personal Travel Habit: Oh for sure the amount of pictures I want to take… everywhere… all the time. I think on our trip to Egypt I took somewhere around 11,000 images. It takes me FOREVER to see/do anything since first I want to intently experience and learn all the things and then I want to spend another however much time everyone will give me photographing the hell out of the thing. I can also have a hard time putting the camera down and just enjoying our trip and being in the moment at times. I always can tell when I’ve gone overboard by the look in my husbands eyes that says “if you ask me to go stand over there and stand in the pretty light one more time today…”
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