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  • What's a Non-Spanish-Speaking Aussie doing at Semana Santa?

    What's a Non-Spanish-Speaking Aussie doing at Semana Santa?

    Apr 1, 2013 Antigua, Guatemala

    So what’s an English speaking Australian doing in Antigua, Guatemala? That is a great question! I know no Spanish, I know nothing about Guatemala, except one thing, the biggest Easter celebration in the world is set in the colonial streets of a small town…

  • Travel Induction - Pickpocketed in Antigua, Guatemala

    Travel Induction - Pickpocketed in Antigua, Guatemala

    Mar 29, 2013 Antigua, Guatemala

    It was bound to happen. 11 months with no theft or anything, we were surprised. No use for our Travel insurance. But then it happened. The violated feeling, the disappointment, the hassle. Pickpocketed in the one place we were told it would happen. Take…

  • It's Good To Have Fabulous Family in New York

    It's Good To Have Fabulous Family in New York

    Jan 9, 2013 Northeast, USA

    A shout out to the relatives we stayed with in New York who were generous to the max and whom my kids still talk about. Plus a few Jewish Kosher food tips you might not have known.

  • $1000 on Theme Parks - We're not in Asia anymore - Universal Studios

    $1000 on Theme Parks - We're not in Asia anymore - Universal Studios

    Dec 5, 2012 Southwest, USA

    So USA is the land of entertainment. But entertainment is not cheap when it comes to the big brands. Witness our frustrating apartment move before hitting a fun day at Universal Studios LA.

  • The Magic of Yi Peng - Floating Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai

    The Magic of Yi Peng - Floating Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai

    Nov 28, 2012 Thailand

    When tens of thousands of glowing lanterns fill the sky and drift away on the warm currents of the atmosphere your cares float away too. Your wishes, your worries, your prayers lifting to the heavens to be swept into the arms of God or to be enveloped int…

  • Chiang Mai's Hot Air Balloon Festival

    Chiang Mai's Hot Air Balloon Festival

    Nov 24, 2012 Thailand

    The night before the lantern festival was a hot air balloon festival. We jumped in our songthaew with our friends and headed to the spot for a night of sparkling lights, dancing and mossie bites.

  • One Night In Bangkok Is All It Takes

    One Night In Bangkok Is All It Takes

    Nov 22, 2012 Thailand

    One night was all it took for me to fall back in love with Bangkok. The area we stayed in we had never been will living there for that month and I was in awe. It was so happening. An absolutely amazing location, being in the heart of everything and feelin…

  • Top 7 Things To Do in Penang

    Top 7 Things To Do in Penang

    Nov 22, 2012 Penang, Malaysia

    We have been to many places in Penang. It seems we have been the busiest we have ever been in this supposedly small Malaysian state. We have made friends, we have enjoyed beaches, played on playgrounds and had a “semi-normal” life… followed by an abnormal…