Archive | January, 2012

Shanna and Aaron at the Summit of Doi Pui

Hiking in Thailand: Our Hike with the Chiang Mai Hiking Club

Looking for an off the beaten path activity in Chiang Mai?  A chance to connect with the local community and see something that might generally be off the tourist radar?  You should check out the Chiang Mai Hiking Club! On the day we visited, there was a solid group of about 40 local Thais and […]

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Thai chili peppers

How I Learned to Love Thai Food in Thailand

Before our trip to Thailand, I had no idea what galangal was, what to do with the lemongrass that I have been growing in my garden for years or what the difference was between Thai Basil and Holy Basil (nor did I know the wonder of life that is fresh coconut milk). Thai food uses […]

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Street food in Thailand

Thailand Street Food Recap

I was thoroughly confused.  I had been doing my due diligence on the internet with regards to street food in Thailand and have come to no conclusive stance one way or there other as to whether eating it posed a threat to out lives or not. I had heard and read many different opinions about whether eating […]

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Karen Neck Rings

Should you visit the Long Neck Karen tribe in Thailand or not?

I felt trepidation about our upcoming tour stop at a hill tribe village.  After seeing iconic photos of the Karen “Long Neck” hill tribe women in National Geographic and other publications over the years, my husband wanted to see for himself these women who have made such a unique lifestyle choice. The whole thing felt […]

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Why you need a rolling bag at the Tucson Gem Show...you never know what you are going to pick up!

Looking Down the Road: The Tucson Gem Show, part IV (packing and must bring items)

Be sure to check out my other great posts about planning your trip to the Tucson Gem Show here! There are a few items that I have found it helpful to pack when coming to Tucson for the Tucson Gem Show that one might not think of in the normal list of things that one […]

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Sensoji Temple in Tokyo

The Importance of Leaving Room for Flexibility When you make travel plans

We are on a gradual descent back into normal reality. We are on the flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles, turning the clock backwards 12 hours and crossing the date line, so we will be arriving the day before we left (I love the time warp that happens traveling back from Asia, and seeing the […]

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Star Princess Cruise Ship

Cruise Safety – Why I will not hesitate to cruise again

Anyone who knows us well knows that we LOVE to cruise.  We have been on a number of cruises recently,  most recently a 16 day trans Atlantic last winter that was one of my all time favorite vacations. Stemming from the recent grounding of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy and the extremely sad and […]

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The temple at Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our Last Night in Chiang Mai

I have mixed feelings about my time here in Chiang Mai. While we still had a good time, it was not really what I had expected. I am not honestly sure what I had expected, but I feel somehow a little disappointed by this city. The night market was fun, and Doi Suthep was amazing. […]

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Chiang Mai flower market

Reflections and suggestions for Chiang Mai Thailand

I guess I feel a little let down by Chiang Mai Thailand.  It is not Chiang Mai’s fault…my expectations of this northern Thai city had been bolstered by reading the many reports from other travel bloggers on the internet, and the short time that we had to spend there just didn’t leave enough time for […]

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A typical elephant ride in Thailand

Elephant Abuse in Thailand

We normally try to avoid things like this, and in the past we have been successful. It all started very innocently. We booked a tour package that included a number of things…one of them being an elephant ride. It was nice to do the tourist thing for once and just pay someone to take us […]

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