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Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in AFaS, Australia, Oceania

Quintessential Whitsunday Tourist

Whitsunday Islands Australia-21

My hand grasped the rope in a death grip. I sat side-saddle on the rubber boat, with the salty ocean water spraying my face, obscuring my view, as I was jostled forcefully with every new wave the boat surpassed. My hair snaked across my face uncontrollably in the wind, and with each determined flick of my head, seemed to tangle further. Why was today the only day I didn’t bring a hair tie? But as I stared out the islands dotting my view and my stomach clenched yet again, I knew it was the perfect blend of both fear and adrenalin. This was the way to enjoy the Whitsunday Islands.

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in AFaS, Reading List, Travel Info

52-Week Book Challenge: Q3

GoodReads - 12 Book Covers

And in the last 3 months my life has done a 180 yet again. But my dedication to books and my New Years Resolution remained steadfast. I only read 12 books, so I didn’t maintain my one book a week, but I did start a new hobby with gusto and read many a thick sewing book and followed along with tutorials. So a new skill counts for something right?

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in AFaS, Australia, Oceania

When Aussi Dreams Come True: Kangaroos & Koalas

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary GC Australia-5

Most people have similar notions about what they want to do in Australia. Visit Sydney Harbour, Dive the Great Barrier Reef, and Roadtrip through the Outback. My expectations were a little less city oriented and a little fuzzier – I wanted to Cuddle a Koala and Hug a Kangaroo. And guess what? All my Aussi dreams came true at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in AFaS, Albania, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Croatia, Europe, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Photo Diary, Photos, Slovenia

Balkan Photo Summary – 30 Days

Balkans Route

Going through the Balkans was incredible. Ok – I snuck some European Union in here to – adding Italy and Slovenia to start and ending with a bang in Greece. The region is vibrant – its history, its food, its views! It was a region I’d been dying to visit for a long time, and my 30-day jaunt didn’t do it justice. But fulfilled all 50 reasons I wanted to explore the Region and gave me 1000 reasons to return.

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Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in AFaS, Australia, Oceania

Budget Extremes: Meet the Noodle Girls


I always say I love to budget. But I wouldn’t call myslf cheap. I spend where I want for some luxuries and skimp on other things I see as unnecessary or a rip-off. I always eat fairly well while trying to find a discount and limit activities according to what I can afford. But what about when budgeting goes too far?

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2012 in AFaS, Eat, Mexico, North America, Travel Info

Oaxaca Stole My Food Heart

Oaxaca Mexico - Cuisine - Spicy Sauces

My food heart has fallen in love once again. It’s always been a fickle thing – sending love letters and endless praise to the likes of Japanese, Greek, and Swiss cuisines. Playing hot and cold every other week; never selecting just one cuisine to dedicate its true allegiance too. Well, my food heart has found its new fling: Oaxacan Cuisine.

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in AFaS, Mexico, North America

No Pants Palenque

The ruins of Mexico were a deciding factor for my visit. I wanted to see as many as possible and soak up their history – no matter their stage of restoration. Palenque was top on my list; the perfect blend of incredible ruins, authenticity, restoration, and desolation. It was in the Chiapas Mountains with 6 hour bus rides in any direction to the next city. What I didn’t expect made Palenque even more interesting.

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in AFaS, Explore, Mexico, North America, Travel Info

Sea View Mayan Ruins

Mexico - Tulum Ruins- Caribbean Sea View

Tulum is an iconic Mexican Ruin – you see it on many brochures for the Yucutan – and it was calling me to visit. Sitting majestically on the cliff side with icing sugar sand beaches running along it; Tulum is a picturesque destination. Blue skies and Aquamarine Waters make the grey stones shine. Tulum are Mayan Ruins with the best view.

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