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We’re back at it again.  Well, not quite at it again in the sense of taking off for a year and traveling around the world, but at it again as in I’ve found a country my children are willing to visit without too many complaints.  Much to my chagrin I haven’t persuaded everyone to venture out for another year but I have been successful at convincing everyone we need another short stint in this world of ours. Next week we leave our ultimate happy place, the mountains of…

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After an extended break in regards to writing we’re back at it again! Due to the encouragement of friends and truly for the love of sharing what we’re doing, who we’re meeting, and what we’re learning from this world of ours we decided to take another stab and share our story one more time.  While blogging fell by the wayside for various reasons, we do hope to fill in the details of where we left off all while keeping up with future endeavors, whatever and wherever they may be. We haven’t yet…

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Ever find yourself in Chiang Mai, Thailand? Interested in elephants I hear? Ah, ok.  Then go to The Elephant Nature Park not only home to over 40 elephants and their mahouts, it’s also home to 400 dogs and over 200 cats. There is an elephant riding park next door but don’t go there. ELEPHANT NATURE PARK RULES  1. Don’t go on grounds without a guide. 2. Do not bother the dogs with red tags. 3. Don’t stand behind the elephants. 4. Touch the trunk of the blind elephants while…

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When traveling in Cambodia I decided that we would just take the bus – but I’m speechless. Well, maybe not speechless, I’m not sure I’m ever speechless.  Perhaps it’s utter shock.  I’ve traveled in developing nations before but somehow the dry, dusty eye opening bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Cambodia is leaving me in a state of awe.  The kids are bored (it’s 7 hours), but I’m riveted to the window.  I’m so captivated I’ve requested my child give up her window seat so I can…

We’ve really enjoyed Cambodia.  As is common with this type of traveling we’ve met some amazing people.  We’ve gained huge insight into a culture we knew very little about.  We’ve learned about a horrifying recent historical event that we were embarrassingly ignorant of.  Overall, we’ve loved most of our month long visit BUT being scammed at the border sucks!  Excuse the language but really, finding a gentler substitute just doesn’t quite cover the feelings. Like all good scams, we had no idea we had even been duped.  It…

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So it perhaps wasn’t my best parenting decision. As a matter a fact, in terms of safety it’s perhaps a major fail. It’s not the decision I’m most proud of over the past year, truly it’s not something that could have even occurred in any country with a definitive legal system but in a developing country it was screaming to happen – and happen it did. It started off innocently enough. Bagan begs to be discovered by bike. Really. It’s known, talked about, there are shops everywhere –…

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Please UNESCO, protect this area now.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Bagan, it’s akin to Angkor Wat of Cambodia & Machu Picchu in Peru.  It lies smack dab in the middle of Myanmar and it’s two thousand plus temples, monasteries, stupas and pagodas are begging for exploration.  Really, really cool.  In terms of tourism, it’s hardly been discovered but the numbers are picking up as it quickly becomes more accessible and if it’s not carefully managed it won’t be long before it’s isolation and natural…

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Asia!  We couldn’t have chosen a more dramatic contrast to pick back up with our backpacking lifestyle.  Dragging our backpacks from the depths of our camper after 5 weeks and trekking through the airport I heard exclamations of “It’s so exciting to travel again” and “I can’t wait to get back to Asia.”  Going through my mind…”I’m so proud of these kids.”  Their tenacity and enthusiasm, curiosity and endurance is inspiring. After five wonderfully weeks we’ve left the tranquility of the New Zealand countryside, the calm relaxed atmosphere of…

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It’s been a significant amount of time since any of us have written.  I’m not sure if we went on a mental break, are too busy racing from place to place or, most likely, have spent the past month and a half catching up with family and friends that we just kind of got out of our groove.  We’ll go back eventually and give updates as we’ve seen some truly amazing things, but for now, this post will just serve as a brief catch up! Chiang Mai continued…

If you ever magicaly appear in Turkey here are ten things to eat. Baklava is a traditional Turkish dish filled with figs. Turkish pizza is different from most and cooked in a special oven. Dried fruit is all over in Turkey.  There are many stores you can stop and enjoy dried fruit and nuts. Tavuk guvec also know as chicken casserole is a traditional dish that comes with a soft kind of bread. Chickpea dip or hummus and soft bread is delicious and fills you up fast. Turkish delight…