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    The Musings of a Backpacker in Australia

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    The Musings of a Backpacker in Canada There are many things that I have come to realize throughout the last few months of travels. Things that under normal circumstances, surrounded by familiarity and comforts, one would likely never think about. With everything I need stuffed indecently into my 75 liter backpack – spontaneity is no […]

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    Flamingos in the Atacama Desert of Chile

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    I knew flamingos were pink and I knew flamingos were big – it wasn’t until viewing them in the wild at Laguna de Chaxa in Reserva Nacional “Los Flamencos”  did I realize what a large and gangly bird they are. Their necks look like a crooked drain pipe. Compared to a blue heron or a Canadian […]

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    PRAMBANAN TEMPLE COMPOUNDS: IN HUMBLE DEFENSE TO HINDUISM

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Prambanan temple compounds came in as one of the first world heritage sites of Indonesia in 1991. This site was inscribed under two criteria: as a masterpiece of human creative genius, and as an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble that represents a significant stage in human history (i.e., spread of Hinduism in the East). It happens to […]

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    Heroes Take Flight in the USA

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Break Me Push Me I’d love to see you try We may fall But we can get back up We can be pushed alongside the edge But we can watch our steps We can endure Hell And still have a Smirk on our face We are the fallen, We are the beaten We are the […]

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    A Morning Wake Up Call in Italy

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    An Early Morning Wake Up Call “Even Jesus was not glorified in his own place but rather judged. “ -Unknown   It has always been a struggle to prove oneself from where you’re from, people tend to overlook what  known you can do because they’ve known you for so long to remember your mistakes but […]

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    @RitzCarlton #LosAngeles: Turn Your Daycation into a Residence!

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Have you ever wondering where to spend a day in Los Angeles that makes you feel so refreshed and renewed it is like a week’s holiday? Spend your Daycation at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles and feel revived! I toured around L.A. LIVE and Staples Center with my umbrella. I think it was 100 degrees […]

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    A Day in Bordeaux, France

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    The image in my head of Bordeaux was stuffy, snooty and uptight. I would think of the cost of First Growth Bordeaux and the pretense of collectors I have met over the years. But, when I stepped foot in Bordeaux, it was not at all what I expected. Bordeaux is a vibrant, exciting city thanks […]

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    Supreme Influence: Join Niurka in Los Angeles October 11, 2014

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Are you ready for transformation? As Niurka says, “Often the very thing that challenges you is where the greatest gift resides for your evolution.” See her in person in Los Angeles for a one-day session October 11, 2014 or join her for a several day conference in Joshua Tree. Niurka recently asked a Los Angeles […]

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    Thatta Girl! Lets go to Germany!

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    “How many pesetas?” “They don’t use pesetas anymore. Euros only.” The future lawyer rolled her eyes and placed coins in the machine. It spat out a ticket. “Oh.” I didn’t realize I’d said it out loud. I picked through the money I’d recently exchanged. How much? My friend Jessie snatched my change purse and plucked […]

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    Marvelous Malaysia: Housesitting in Langkawi

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    While sitting in our guesthouse in Fortuna, Costa Rica last Fall, I was imagining our upcoming trip to Volcan Arenal when I found a housesitting assignment in Langkawi, Malaysia in the Caretakers Gazette. After nearly a year and a half on the road, staying in one place for three weeks sounded like heaven.  I wrote […]

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Sep
20

The Musings of a Backpacker in Australia

The Musings of a Backpacker in Canada There are many things that I have come to realize throughout the last few months of travels. Things that under normal circumstances, surrounded by familiarity and comforts, one would likely never think about. With everything I need stuffed indecently into my 75 liter backpack – spontaneity is no […]

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Sep
19

Heroes Take Flight in the USA

Break Me Push Me I’d love to see you try We may fall But we can get back up We can be pushed alongside the edge But we can watch our steps We can endure Hell And still have a Smirk on our face We are the fallen, We are the beaten We are the […]

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Sep
18

A Morning Wake Up Call in Italy

An Early Morning Wake Up Call “Even Jesus was not glorified in his own place but rather judged. “ -Unknown   It has always been a struggle to prove oneself from where you’re from, people tend to overlook what  known you can do because they’ve known you for so long to remember your mistakes but […]

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Sep
16

Thatta Girl! Lets go to Germany!

“How many pesetas?” “They don’t use pesetas anymore. Euros only.” The future lawyer rolled her eyes and placed coins in the machine. It spat out a ticket. “Oh.” I didn’t realize I’d said it out loud. I picked through the money I’d recently exchanged. How much? My friend Jessie snatched my change purse and plucked […]

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Sep
15

Finding Heart In Borneo, Indonesia

The rally had gone late. It was dark and raining hard. Two tiny women crouched in the bow of the narrow canoe with a headlamp, peering into the darkness. Every few minutes one would holler and pound the side of the boat with an open palm, helping our host, who was driving, to avoid the […]

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Sep
14

The Potters Village in Mexico

The Potters Village The two-lane paved road rises and falls, twists and turns like a dangling rope through the rugged Chihuahua hill country. “Amazing that one of Mexico’s most famous potters lives out here,” says my friend Dick Davis. Shimmering in the stark desert light is the village of Mata Ortiz, the home of Mexico’s […]

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They Said

The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour- Winter Palace
Jun
4

The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour – Part Two

Welcome to the The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour – Part Two, which discusses where to stay, what to eat, and what souvenirs or worth purchasing during your visit to the “Cultural Capital of Russia.” Where to Stay If you are not arriving by cruise ship you will need a Tsar’s residence to […]

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Jun
2

The Insanely-Tested Top Ten Travel Tips for Spring

Spring is the season hope is rekindled, when broken blades are renewed, and light washes the shadows. We can go barefoot in the grass, pluck the charms of flowers, whistle in the warming breeze, and hit the winding road. Jasper Bangs celebrating Spring But, as with any venture, travel can have its pitfalls and pitsprings, […]

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Jun
2

Planning Our Trip to Europe

Planning a trip to Europe can be time consuming, difficult and frustrating.  Even though each country is roughly the size of a state in the United States, most countries have their own language and some still have their own currency, such as the UK and Switzerland.  For these reasons and many more, foreigners can find […]

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The beautiful, fresh ingredients
Jun
1

A Cooking Class in Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany: Rolling hills, fine wine, fascinating history and, of course, phenomenal food. While visiting Tuscany it was only appropriate that to supplement our (impressive amount of) eating we learn to create as well. Our family enrolled in an afternoon cooking class at the Badia a Coultibuno, a beautifully preserved eleventh-century abbey-turned-vineyard, restaurant, inn and cooking school. […]

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We Said

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Mar
22

Guam: “The Hub of Micronesia” Hafa Adai

As our airplane descended toward Guam after departing Palau’s International airport in the wee hours of the morning, I reflected on how little I knew about the U.S. territory island called Guam. I knew the island of Guam, situated in eastern Micronesia, has had a strong U.S. military background; I also was aware that in […]

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Mar
19

Charm of Chiang Rai, Thailand

For our first visit to Chiang Rai, I searched on Asiarooms.com for a place with a pool. I found the Mantrini, which was recently featured in the magazine, Chiva and shared the Chiang Rai Charm of the property. While we stayed there, we enjoyed being next door to Centre Plaza and seeing a brand new […]

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Le Meridien Chiang Mai
Mar
15

Luxury in Chiang Mai with AsiaRooms.com

After traveling in Asia for the last eighteen months, I have to admit Thailand is my favorite country. I love visiting new places, but I think I could live in Koh Samui or Chiang Mai. I hope that you have the chance to explore Chiang Mai! Are you wondering where to sleep in Chiang Mai, […]

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Mar
13

Not Your Father’s Shop Class: Learning to be a Maker at the Exploratory

Jean Kaneko is a tinkerer. Being around her and the Exploratory, no adult or child can help himself or herself, you feel swept up in the ability to gather parts from open containers and start to make. Perhaps you are drawn to scraps of fabric to design your own plushie animal or you prefer to […]

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