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Parqu El Ejido Quito Ecuador

Weekend in Quito – Parque El Ejido Art Fair

After having spent about a week in Quito, Ecuador I was struck by several things, rather immediately.  The first is the beauty of the place.  I hope I never reach a point in my life where seeing a view like this feels commonplace. The second is that Quito is not a relaxing place for those […]
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El Cajas National Park Ecuador

Cuenca Side Trip – El Cajas National Park

The Parque Nacional Cajas (Cajas National Park) is located in the Ecuadorian Andes, an approximate 30 – 45 minute drive from Cuenca, Ecuador, which makes it an easy day trip from the city. We decided to take the bus which leaves from the Transporte Occidental bus stop approximately every hour.  Getting to the bus terminal is an […]
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Preparing to travel around the world full-time

Sean and I just finished selling our home, our cars, and most of our belongings.  We are now squeezed into 2 carry on bags each and are taking a few deep breaths before we venture out on our new “location independent” life-style.  As we leave Southern California behind us, we find ourselves reflecting on the […]
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on February 19, 2014

Ahhh Belize

When we first arrived on the Island of Ambergis Caye, Belize we met a man who was lounging lazily by the pool.  He asked if it were our first trip to the Island.  When we admitted that it was, he said “It won’t be your last.”  Wise man. What’s to like? Ambergris Caye The laid […]
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Pontone – A Walk Back In Time

My favorite day in Sorrento was a complete surprise.  I read plenty of guide books, watched all of the travel channel shows and thumbed through magazines before heading to the Almafi coast, but nothing really prepared me for Pontone. Or, more accurately, the hike to Pontone. My husband and I started out taking the ferry from […]
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on November 12, 2013

Caution: Travel Obsession

I am not a spontaneous traveler.  There, I admitted it.  The months of day dreaming, web crawling, giddy early morning and late night conversations with my husband and hours thumbing through travel guides are really a huge part of what I love about the actual trip.  No matter what dreary events I have to crawl […]
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on November 11, 2013

Thailand -Should I Confess?

As a preamble, and like in so many stories that are predicated by sound decision making, I need to explain the Chang Rating System that was devised by my husband and me during our trip to Thailand.  As anyone who has traveled to Thailand will explain, one of the many wonders of the area is […]
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on November 10, 2013

Koh Chang Encounter

Being new to Thailand and having just survived a few days in chaotic Bangkok, we were not sure what to expect when we arrived on the Island of Koh Chang.  The easiest way to get to Koh Chang is by taking an hour plane ride from Bangkok via Bangkok Air.  Our first surprise on this […]
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The Most Dangerous Place In Bangkok

Nothing like 24 hours in a cramped airplane to create a strong sense of disorientation.  That’s how we were delivered in Bangkok at 11:45 p.m.  Tired and not sure at all where we were going.  Happily most signs had English words below the Thai scripts, and most of the time the translation is accurate or […]
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