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Monday Moment: Poon Hill Trek, Nepal

11. March 2013

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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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Monday Moment: Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi, Vietnam

4. March 2013

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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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Magha Puja At Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

28. February 2013

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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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Monday Moment: Favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

25. February 2013

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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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A Day At Huay Tueng Tao Lake, Chiang Mai

21. February 2013

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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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Monday Moment: Temple Offering, Bali

18. February 2013

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Bali Temple

It’s the vermillion orange and the verdant green. The attempted restraint of the wild lushness. The elaborate carvings adorning doorways, altars, and temples. There is a gracefulness to Bali like nowhere I have ever been. An attention to detail, every detail, so precise that you’re not even aware of but that results in a quiet [...]

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai Day Train

14. February 2013

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai Train

The train is pretty full as we pull out of the station and I wonder how many of us are here for the long haul. Twelve hours according to the schedule but rumour has it that it will be closer to 14 or 15 when it’s all done. Some, like us, are laden with heavy [...]

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Hua Hin On A Budget

8. February 2013

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Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin is heralded as the perfect spot for a quick beach holiday. Only two (or so) hours from Bangkok it certainly is easy to get to but, as a weekend get-a-way spot for wealthy Bangkokians would it fit our teeny-tiny budget? It’s true, the expensive, brand name, hotels and resorts (think Sofitel, Hilton, Grand [...]

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Monday Moment: Sinop, Turkey

4. February 2013

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Sinop, Turkey

Sinop, in northern Turkey, was a pleasant surprise. The fresh, salty air was a nice reminder that we were back on the coast and the ability to enjoy a pint in one of the seaside bars made it clear that we weren’t in the heart of conservative Turkey any longer. We followed the ancient wall [...]

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Monday Moment: Plain Of Jars, Laos

14. January 2013

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Plain of Jars, Laos

We are officially in the middle of nowhere. Central Laos is not overly populated and we are and hour and half outside of the nearest town of Phonsavon. Lumbering along the dirt roads, through pine forests and small villages, the only regular sound is the drone of the scooter under us. It is hot. Really [...]

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How We Quickly And Easily Obtained A Double Entry 120 Day Thailand Visa

10. January 2013

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Thailand Visa

We know we’re heading to Thailand but, as you know, we don’t know anything after that. This makes it a little difficult to manage our time in a country that limits how long you can stay without a visa. For most holidayers it’s quite easy;  most nationalities can arrive by air and enter the country for 30 days [...]

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