4. April 2013

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It Might Be Time To Get Married

It Might Be Time To Get Married

I was 21 when I got married. I’m still not sure why. I think it was because that’s just what you did in my smallish home town. You graduated school, maybe took some college courses, got a crappy-but-okay job, and either met someone to marry, or married your high school sweetheart. Check, check, check, and [...]

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1. April 2013

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Monday Moment: The Berlin Wall, Germany

The Berlin Wall Today

The recent protests in Berlin this past week reminded me of my short time there. I found Berlin, and Germany, to be fascinating as they try to keep moving forward while trying to honor, and learn from, the past. Perhaps a small misstep last week as part of what remains of the Berlin wall was [...]

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28. March 2013

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Thai Visa Renewal Time

Thai Visa Renewal Time

Hard to believe but we’ve already been here in Thailand for 60 days! Time really does fly; it doesn’t matter what you’re doing so you better be making the most of it. Our 120-day-double-entry visa is actually two 60 day visas. This means it’s time for us to do a Thai visa renewal involving exiting [...]

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18. March 2013

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Monday Moment: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Starting at the base of a mountain just south of Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari Taisha (or shrine) snakes up and through the trees providing a serene, contemplative mood. Thousands and thousands of vermillion orange toriis line the pathway making for an astounding and elegant display. Most people keep to the bottom trails but climbing to [...]

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15. March 2013

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Our Budget: One Month In Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Budget

We’ve been in Thailand almost two months now; actually it’s two months next week when we have to make a run to the border to activate our second 60 day visa. (Yay! Scooter trip!) We came here, after quitting our jobs and selling all our stuff, to settle for a bit while waiting for our [...]

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11. March 2013

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Monday Moment: Poon Hill Trek, Nepal

Goats, Poon Hill Trek

Relaxing after lunch one day during our Poon Hill trek in Nepal. We could hear the bells and bleating long before they crested the stairway. The littlest, cutest one made a beeline for our table. Adorable!

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7. March 2013

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How I Manage Travel With Chronic Illnesses

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This is it. Everything we have with us. And this is the tower of medication that I have to bring with me. In one of those bags. I have had psoriasis since I was 14 years old. It can be difficult to treat in Canada, where it’s cold and dry, but here in Thailand it [...]

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4. March 2013

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Monday Moment: Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi, Vietnam

Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi

This small shrine sits just beside the much more picturesque Ngoc Son temple on Hoan Kem Lake in Hanoi. While the temple justifiably receives much attention from visitors, tourists, and strangely, brides having their photos taken in elaborate get-ups, this shrine received a fair amount of attention from locals who burned money at the base [...]

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28. February 2013

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Magha Puja At Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

We had a chance this week to peek into the Buddhist life of Thais. Monday was Magha Puja; one of the holiest days in Buddhism and the one day when most Thai Buddhists will visit their local temple to ‘make merit’. It was a fascinating day that ended well into the evening. Here’s a peek.

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25. February 2013

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Monday Moment: Favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro Favela

Rio de Janeiro is a city of contrasts. Stunning stretches of sand juxtaposed with gleaming city highrises, mountains reaching for the sky, and favelas on every slope. More than slums, they are home to a good portion of the city’s workforce. With homes, shops, restaurants-of-sorts, and ‘law’ enforcement, they are neighbourhoods unto their own albeit [...]

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21. February 2013

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A Day At Huay Tueng Tao Lake, Chiang Mai

Huay Tueng Tao Lake, Chiang Mai

So far Chiang Mai is the perfect place for us to settle into while the rest of our plan ages, ferments, and generally gets its a$$ in gear. The city is large enough to have all the conveniences of city living (great apartments, a plethora of coffee shops, plenty of restaurants of every possible type, [...]

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