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Hike to El Mirador Volcan Santiaguito, Guatemala

22. November 2014

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El Mirador Volcan Santiaguito Hike

It started, as most volcano hikes do, in the dark. I was excited. Seeing an active volcano is on my not-a-bucket-list and today we were going to have the opportunity to see a real, live, smoking volcano. As the day dawned, we were already halfway to the mirador, or lookout. We stumbled into this meadow [...]

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Adios Playa del Carmen! We Won’t Be Back.

5. November 2014

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My Mexican dreams were awash with early morning runs on the beach, margaritas with new friends in the evenings, and a chance to really settle down and get to know a place. Playa del Carmen was not the place of my Mexican dreams. Filled with all inclusive resorts, pumping restaurants, and expensive shops it’s a [...]

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Worst Travel Day Yet

27. August 2014

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WorstTravelDay

We left Ireland, and Europe, a little wistfully. Our final two weeks in Laytown had been perfect; filled with nothing more than early morning walks along the beach, afternoon pints at the small local pub, plenty of cat cuddling (well, as much as he would endure anyway), and meals that we actually cooked ourselves. It [...]

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The Iconic Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral

17. August 2014

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London View

It was our last week in London and we still hadn’t seen two of the city’s iconic sites so we hooked up with City Wonders for a guided tour of the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Here’s the thing; I’m usually loathe to hire a guide but lately we’ve been feeling as though we’re missing out [...]

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Eating Our Way Through Prague

14. August 2014

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Eating Prague Food Tour

We headed to Prague on a whim. The weather in Munich was crap so we checked the weather channel, and the train schedules, and decided that Prague was perfect for a last minute weekend getaway. I love that about Europe! Knowing absolutely nothing about Prague, I decided that the best way to get in on the secrets was to [...]

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Cycle Tour Europe: Rad & Reisen Cruise Review

24. July 2014

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Cycle Tour Europe: Rad & Reisen Cruise Review

Disclosure: We were guests on the Theodor Körner however this in no way impacted the fabulous time that we had. I just thought you should know. :) Our cycle tour Europe itinerary got a bit convoluted part way through. Itinerary is, in fact,  a bit of a strong word for what we actually had. What [...]

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Discovering Amsterdam Through Our Stomachs

17. June 2014

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Discovering Amsterdam Through Our Stomachs

I think I’m in love with food tours. I have often said that walking tours are a great way to get a ‘lay of the land’ when we first arrive in a city; food tours take it up a notch by taking us into the cafes and restaurants, hidden treasures and hole-in-the-walls that make a [...]

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Eating Well in the East End of London

17. April 2014

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Eating Well in the East End of London

You’ve all heard how bad the food is here in England. Soggy fish and chips, boiled vegetables, and grey meat with insipid gravy. You’d think the only saving grace here was the beer. Believe me the beer is THAT good but the food is also very good. We have not had a bad meal in [...]

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Monday Moment: Temple Incense

28. October 2013

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Temple of Literature

Temples in Asia fascinate me. Unlike our North American churches with their air of solemnity, hushed tones, and calm divinity, Asian temples are often a whirlwind of swirling incense smoke, banging drums, and merchants hawking offerings to the gods for the faithful who didn’t come prepared. I feel uncomfortable entering churches. I don’t know why. [...]

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Monday Moment: Thai Chilies

11. August 2013

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Thai Chilis

How hot can you take it? Markets and food stalls abound with hot red and green chilies. They are used in everything from salads to stir fries to curries. Most often the cook would ‘westernize’ the recipe for us and, where they might usually throw a handful (seriously!) in, they would only pick one or two. [...]

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Monday Moment: Chai-Wallah, Jhunjhunu, India

24. June 2013

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Chai-wallah Stand, Jhunjhunu, India

While in northern India we hired a car and driver (that’s Laxman with his back to the camera) to take us from site to site, town to town. The first day of the drive he pulled into a tourist restaurant complex on the side of the highway for us to have some lunch. It was [...]

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