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|| Getting there: To get to Koh Lanta, we flew from Chiang Mai to Trang with a short layover in Bangkok. We waited a little bit too long to book this leg of the trip and ended up paying more than we would’ve liked at about $120/person. A month earlier I’d seen tickets for half […]

Asia

September 15, 2020

Koh Lanta

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After a 5 hour plane trip from Beijing (see previous post), we arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I have tons of stories from our time in Chiang Mai, but I’ll break it down into highlights of what we did, tips and recommendations.         || WHERE WE STAYED: We booked an Airbnb to […]

Asia, Travel Hacks

December 15, 2019

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Our flight departed from Newark around 11am. At 14 hours it was the longest flight I had done. Adam has been to India and Russia so he’s been on long flights.   Surprisingly, it really wasn’t that bad. We flew Air China which is not high end, but they had onboard entertainment for every passenger, […]

Asia, Travel Hacks

December 6, 2019

Beijing 24 Hour Layover

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I went to Asia.   WHAT?! It still seems surreal. But dang, it was an amazing adventure.   Earlier in the year we realized we’d have a lull in work at the end of the year, and even though we had a family cruise planned for thanksgiving, we wanted to take advantage of the lull and […]

Asia, Travel Hacks

December 4, 2019

How I ended up in Asia

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Never done a cruise before this one. To be honest I didn’t’ think I would enjoy it because when I go somewhere, I like to get out and explore a country. Not just be dropped off on the beach for a day or two.   BUT, I loved the cruise. Royal Caribbean is the bomb, […]

Islands, North America

November 28, 2019

Family Cruise – Bahamas

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(Scroll down if you’re just here for the pictures!)   On a Friday afternoon, my husband asked if I wanted to take a spur of the moment trip to Southern California. Of course I said “yes duh!” Saturday evening we booked tickets. Wednesday morning we left. We hopped around southern California and stayed with a […]

North America

February 5, 2019

Southern California

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The day dawned early and the skies were clear above the eerie terrain. We got up at 6am, tore down camp, re-drove into the base of Hekla and began our ascent around 7:30. It was a damp and brisk 38 degrees. I dressed in lots of layers on my core.   The first 1o minutes […]

Europe

September 1, 2017

Day 9 – Ascent to Hekla

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The morning was damp and drizzly again. We expected as much. Weather was supposed to be crummy until Tuesday morning. 1 more day of rain to go. 🙁   But I was feeling so much better and as such I woke up staaarving. I ate two bowls of thick oatmeal, an apple, scrambled eggs, a […]

Europe

August 31, 2017

Day 8 – Journey to Hekla

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Woke up still ill. By mid day my fever had come down a lot though. We spent the day stopping at more highlights on the ring road.   First stop, Reynisfjara the black beach in Vik. We’d heard it was gorgeous, and that it was, but not only that, we got to see PUFFINS! Countless […]

Europe

August 29, 2017

Day 7 – Ring Road Cont.

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Day 6 was hellish. Not gonna lie.   The whole previous day I couldn’t get warm. No matter how many layers I had on I was freezing. Cue symptoms of getting sick. I fell asleep feeling off and I woke up with a sore throat and runny nose. Not long after I started running a […]

Europe

August 28, 2017

Day 6 – Rain Daze

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