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Whistler Notes

   We started by going up the Village Gondola to the Mid Station and on the magic carpet and the Olympic Chair but quickly became bored. The Olympic Chair run is a decent run to iron out or learn to parallel ski but at this point too slow for just skiing. So we took the Gondola up to the Roundhouse. …

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NYC

Posted from New York, New York, United States.

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Tivoli

Posted from København, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark.

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A Day in Cadiz

Relaxing at a beach cafe having Manchego cheese and Tinto Verano at Playa de la Caleta. Posted from .

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Montezuma, Costa Rica

Yang Ylang Resort – Bats, White-throated Capucha, Agouti, Mantled Howler Monkey, White-throated Magpie Jay, Variegated Squirrel, Basalisk, Male and Female Green Iguana, Nine-banded Armadillo, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron. Posted from .

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Tobacon Hot Springs

How could we not visit hot springs in Costa Rica? It has a lot of hot springs and 5 active volcanoes. Posted from .

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Rancho Margot – an Eco Lodge

Rancho Margot is a beautiful property in the cloud forest near Arenal Volcano. What makes Rancho Margot special are it’s efforts to be environmentally conscious. It generates all of its own electrical power from hydroelectric generators. It has it’s own dairy and produces its own cheese. You can even try your hand at milking the cows if you like. It …

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Panama City … A mixed bag and up and coming travel destination.

Panama City is an up coming area. We decided to stay in Casco Viejo which is the old quarter. The area is exactly our vibe except that it is under major revitalization. It recently became a UNESCO Heritage Site and all of the buildings are protected. The area several years ago was run down, dirty, overcrowded and basically neglected. The …

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Panama City Carnaval

So, Carnaval in Panama City was….less exciting than expected. We thought that it would be a good substitute for Rio but not a chance. There were 5 floats driving around in a loop about 3 blocks long. The crowd wasn’t excited and no one was dancing. The line to get in was absolutely crazy. It was probably 4 blocks long …

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Chattanooga Family Trip

We piled everyone into the minivan and drove 2 hours to Chattanooga for a family getaway. The first thing we saw was Ruby Falls, a 145 foot high waterfall that is 1120 feet underground in a cavern. A very strange thing to see since we are use to seeing waterfalls in Hawaii under blue skies. To get there, we had …

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Tellus Museum was a blast. And yeah, the kids liked it, too.

It took us an hour to get there, and it’s in the middle of nowhere, but the Tellus Museum in Cartersville, GA was a lot of fun. The first thing you see is a mammoth dump truck in the parking lot. It’s so huge they had to get it there in three parts. Why do they change the name of …

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Stone Mountain Adventure

We climbed the largest granite formation in the world. It’s just outside of Atlanta, GA. Avinash charges the mountain. Slow and steady. Sometimes racing… Sometimes jumping… Rewarded by a picnic at the top. We met some really “cool” friends. Do you need a hand coming down? Posted from Stone Mountain, Georgia, United States.

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Disneyland Tokyo

Disneyland Tokyo is the third Disney park we’ve been to on this trip. Nothing can compare to the VVIP experience we had at Disneyland Paris, so that will always be the bar that all future experience will be judged. DL Tokyo is actually not owned by the Disney corporation. It is also larger than Disneyland in California or Disneyworld in …

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Lemonade as Our Teacher

Coming down the jetway trying to catch one of our flights in Hong Kong, I caught a glimpse of this poster and had to stop to take a picture of it. It summarized so many things we were trying to accomplish in our trip with Avinash. 1. We wanted him to be aware of the world we live in. To …

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Laundry: The Surprise Travel Problem

There are a lot of things you have to think about and plan when traveling. Since we’ve been traveling about 8 months now, most of those things are easy. Need a hotel? Jump online, check TripAdvisor, narrow it down, look at pictures and reviews and “KAPOOW” book it. Not so with getting your laundry done. Unless you want to spend …

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Taxi Drivers are Funny People

In our experience, taxi drivers are generally not a breed to be trusted. We always make sure that if needed a fare is pre-negotiated or that the meter is used. We generally have a basic distrust of taxi drivers and it is built upon our experiences and misadventures. Nowhere have we had such a bad experience with taxis drivers than …

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Modes of Transportation

Plane Car for one month in Italy Train from Italy to Paris, Mumbai to Varodara and Tokyo to Hakone Pony rides in Jarden du Luxemburg, Paris Car Ferry to Sardegnia and in Saigon 5 hour canoe ride in Madagascar On top of the Jeep on Safari Puddle skipper prop planes in Kenya Camel back in Pushkar Camel cart in Pushkar …

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We’re freezing in China!

It’s 37/18 F (3/-8 C) in Beijing and tomorrow we head to Harbin where it will be 7/-20 F (-14/-29 C)! Posted from Beijing, Beijing, China.

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Here’s Why I Will Never Book Through Hotels.com Again

Hotels.com and other travel sites have great websites that make finding a hotel to stay very easy. Having used it extensively I still use it to FIND hotels but I will NEVER use it to book another hotel stay. Here’s why: 1. You have very little recourse if something goes wrong. In our case, we has a few situations where …

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Can Gio – Sac Mangrove Jungle

We booked an excursion to Can Gio which was advertised as a Mangrove Forest Reserve where you can interact with the monkeys and other animals. We thought it would a great day trip keeping in theme with our animal adventures. We drove for an hour and then took a ferry across the river to the island. Then we took a …

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Meeta is in street food heaven!

Bot Chien, durian on the side of the road, sheets of grilled bananas, sticky rice with coconut, and some mystery coconut wrap. That was just in one day! Posted from Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Scooters everywhere!

Your browser does not support the video tag We would not have thought of taking our son on a scooter in Sai Gon before this trip started. Today when we were asked about a scooter ride, we said “Fun!” Posted from Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Cruisin in Sai Gon

We arrived in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam yesterday. I love how we can hit the ground running almost anywhere we go now. Since we’ve been in Hong Kong for a couple of weeks already we’ve acclimated (easily)to Asian culture and food. Can’t wait to spend a month in Nam’s birth country.

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Vietnam

I ran across these men playing Chinese Chess.  It brought back memories of playing when I was young.  All the moves came back and strategies revealed themselves to me again.  I could have won this game in 7 moves, but it took the guy on the right 16 moves to get the job done.   Posted from Ho Chi Minh …

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Customer Acquisition Specialist

We met a very interesting person tonight. We’ll just call him “Mike”. We couldn’t exactly come up with a good job description for Mike, so we made one up: Customer Acquisition Specialist. In my opinion, Mike’s talents are being wasted. Let me backtrack a little. So we are walking the streets of Istanbul and at every restaurant there is a …

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Manti = Yummy

Turkish ravioli with cheese inside. The wonderful twist is they put mint in the pasta dough. Served with a tomato sauce and yogurt. Posted from .

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Papa Pig vs. Mama Meeta

Today we took a small hike on a trail behind Spannochia. Meeta had encountered what she thought were wild boars on a previous walk so we were hoping to see some. Inside, I was a little nervous remember reading somewhere how quickly domestic pigs becomes wild and also remembering reading somewhere that wild boars are very unpredictable. So I pick …

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Saturnia

Leave it to us to find the path least traveled. Our most brilliant example ever of this was in Yosemite National Park. We had just arrived at the park with Erica and saw a beautiful waterfall. So we stopped the car and started walking towards the falls. It was mostly knee deep in snow but we were so excited that …

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iPhone Turn-by-Turn Fail…In a Bad Way.

No sooner do I finish extolling the virtues of the iPhone for travelling that it fails us. We were making our way from Grosseto to Saturnia. All was well. We had been enjoying the turn-by-turn navigation on the iPhone and were talking about how it has made things so much easier. No more spending hours mapping routes. No more maps …

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Food Notes

Boston – Quesadilla filled with mashed potatoes. London – Pickled eggs at the pub Rome – Sicilian fried chickpea triangles. Panelle. Saturnia – Warm Ewe cheese with pear mousse. Ravioli with ricotta and sage. Ricotta with honey. Florence- lemon ricotta ravioli Siena- cantucci with vino to dip in Pisa – Cecina, a regional (Lucca) chickpea crepe Sardegna – Seada Sardegna …

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How the iPhone has changed the way we travel.

This is the first time we are really travelling with the iPhone.  Sure we’ve taken some trips where having the iPhone has come in handy for looking things up on Yelp, of finding quick directions.  But this time around, it is an indispensable part of travels. Siri may make it Our World of 4. It’s been a while since we …

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Rome, I am overwhelmed.

Rome, Rome, Rome. Rome is by far the most beautiful city I have ever been to.  Not that it is sparkling clean, or smells like roses everywhere.  It’s old, it’s weathered, it aged very well. It is so easy to become numb and overwhelmed by the beauty of this city.  If you were to take any of hundreds of buildings …

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Avinash the Dome Climber

Avinash for the most part has been fantastic about all of the walking we have been doing in Rome. I haven’t had this much exercise since we trained for the triathlon and marathon. While Avinash can be very unpredictable with when he wants or does not want to walk, when he does put his mind to it, he shows surprising …

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We’re getting hammered on foreign transaction fees!

So I checked our account today and saw that we were being charged a foreign transaction fee each time we make a withdrawal at the cash machine. Trying to see how to get around this but something you need to consider when traveling. We will need some Euros when we arrive in Italy, so I went out to find a …

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The Tube

The tube is awesome Your browser does not support the video tag Posted from London, England, United Kingdom.

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Indian visas and Hamley’s

It was a mixed day. Most of our stay in London is intended to be used for getting stuff done like getting visas for India, Kenya, Tanzania, and Vietnam. Also more important stuff like the Apple store and Hamleys. Well, after much effort and lots of money spent on passport pictures, we found out today that we’re probably not going …

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Fresco – Lebanese

We had lunch today at Fresco, a Lebanese restaurant in Bayswater.  It was pouring rain today and after being charged 140GBP at Snappy Snap (yes that is the name of the photo shop) for visa pictures for all of us, I was just looking to go somewhere and sit down.  The food was good not great.  There’s probably much better …

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Blog is up….kind of.

Not too many people know about this blog, but if you got here then I wanted to have a least something for you to look at.  We’ll be adding stuff soon, but right now still working on the layout and look and feel.  We’ve got to get it up and running soon before we forget stuff though.

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Avinash and the Street Performer

Today we came out of the Maida Vale Station after a long day of touring around London to the very pleasant sound of a violin playing nearby.  Avinash was captured by a street performer playing the violin.  The performer was obviously trained and talented and looked like an interesting fellow.  He had cut-off gray sweatpants on with a white shirt …

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Our Journey

16 flights Over 50,000 miles 6 continents 2 times around the world 12+ months And that is only getting us started! We’ve only loosely planned the major hub flights for our trip. From these hub cities we will make side trips to other destinations. What kind of ticket did we get? Well, there are various “round-the-world” type tickets and they …

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Why are we doing this?

Everyone we have talked to has asked us why we are doing this. Besides the obvious “Why not!” there are some very good reasons why we are doing this and why we are doing it now. Avinash is 3 years old and we realized that this would be the last year that we would be able to do a year …

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