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Elephant Encounter at Amakhala

Elephant Encounter at Amakhala

on Mar 29, 2014

When we left on our ’round-the-world trip, we never dreamed we’d end up in Africa. It wasn’t part of our original itinerary and as such we hadn’t prepared or packed specifically for a safari. But, since we shifted our itinerary and now found ourselves in South Africa, it would be crazy not to go “on safari”. So we prepared...

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Jiminy Crickets!

Jiminy Crickets!

on Mar 24, 2014

On our road trip along Route 62 in South Africa, our first stop was a cute little town named Montagu where we planned to spend the night. We arrived in Montagu late in the afternoon and rang the doorbell at our quaint guesthouse. Our host greeted us and showed us around the property. On the short walk between the main guesthouse and our room, our friendly host told us about the current cricket plague.

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Nuances of Foreign Grocery Shopping

Nuances of Foreign Grocery Shopping

on Mar 14, 2014

About twelve years ago, I took my first ever trip abroad to Ireland for business. My Irish colleagues were fantastic hosts and went the extra mile to ensure that my stay was enjoyable. In addition to being tour guides and accompanying me throughout my stay, my colleagues educated me on some of the nuances of foreign travel, like weighing and tagging produce at the...

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Full Power Duct Tape

Full Power Duct Tape

on Mar 13, 2014

By far, one of our most useful purchases for our world adventure has been a good, old fashioned roll of duct tape. We constantly find new and random uses for it. Here’s our latest …

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Intermittent Power

Intermittent Power

on Mar 11, 2014

To say that I was a little apprehensive about our first trip to South Africa would be an understatement. For some unknown reason, I find myself worrying about little things, being cautious and feeling slightly on edge. My preliminary impressions of South Africa after only 12 hours in the country were not overly favorable. However, after a good night’s sleep...

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First Impression of South Africa

First Impression of South Africa

on Mar 10, 2014

First impressions can set the tone, affect an experience and impact potential outcomes. A bad first impression can be difficult to overcome. And though we have all be told not to judge a book by its cover, we tend to make quick assessments of people, places and things—which ultimately formulate our first impression. We are less than twelve hours into our first visit...

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A Leisurely Day in the Margaret River Valley

A Leisurely Day in the Margaret River Valley

on Mar 7, 2014

We decided to wrap up our time in Australia by exploring the Margaret River Valley. Located in Western Australia it is one of Australia’s premier wine regions. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend our last few days. Although the area is known for Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, we soon realized that this area has more to offer than just...

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Date Night: Dinner, Wine & A Movie

Date Night: Dinner, Wine & A Movie

on Mar 6, 2014

In search of a Margaret River Valley wine map, we stopped into a local tourist information office. We were unsuccessful in scoring a map, but didn’t leave completely empty handed. As we exited the office, a brochure caught my eye: Movies at Cape Mentelle. On many occasions, we talked about going to a movie and even scoped out the movie selections in a number...

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A Day at Cottesloe Beach

A Day at Cottesloe Beach

on Mar 5, 2014

We read a few independent guides about things to do in Perth. Many of them recommended spending a day at one of the great, local beaches. Our new-found “Perthonian” friends had also recommended the beach and told us a few of their favorite spots along Cottesloe Beach. So, we decided to heed the advice and spend a lazy Tuesday afternoon at the beach! For...

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The Verdict on Vegemite

The Verdict on Vegemite

on Mar 4, 2014

This week marks our last week in Australia and with only days remaining we still hadn’t tried Vegemite. It’s not quite on the same level as  the kangaroo, but it’s still a major icon of Australia. If you ask an Australian about it, they all seem to love it, but confess that it’s an acquired taste. Even on our previous two visits to Australia,...

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