In my opinion, there’s nothing better than being able to travel, see the world, meet interesting people, observe cultural differences, and taste new foods. But no matter how well we plan, there are times when bad things happen to the best of us.

Hubby and I planned a trip to the Seychelles (Hello, Africa!) for our first anniversary. Since it was a special occasion, we decided to splurge the first three nights and stay at a “5 Star Resort” in Beau Vallon. The beach was beautiful, the sand was soft, and the traditional granite rocks were just splattered across the shore.

Unfortunate situation #1: Our 5 star resort did not have any hot water. I can deal with many issues that arise when traveling, but if there’s one thing I need, it’s hot water. It could come out of a hose, I don’t care – but I need it! How does a 5 star resort lack this basic amenity? Well, the property had only been open about 3 months and apparently management was still working to fix all the maintenance issues for the hotel. FAIL!

Fix: I quickly splashed under the cold water a few times, but finally started using the electric water jug to heat small amounts of water at a time, until we could get a reasonable amount in the bathtub.

The next day, we booked a day trip to do beach stops throughout Mahe:

Beach sunset at Beau Vallon Beach sunset at Beau Vallon


Matching pants/temple action Matching pants/temple action

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Beijing’s 798 Art Zone

by Vitra on January 16, 2015 · 0 comments

Beijing is a massive city when it comes to population and space. It can be extremely overwhelming and challenging to get by as a tourist. Last year, we went two times for work, but also met up with friends who live in the city. It’s the best feeling to have locals take you around their city. Gone are the worries of misinterpreting something or accidentally offending someone.

Locals also know where to take visitors – in terms of both food and activities. Our Beijing locals took us on a trip to the 798 Art Zone.

art in beijing

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Ushering in 2015 in Phuket, Thailand

January 13, 2015

For the first time ever, I spent the last day of the year at the beach. Not just any beach, but one on a remote island in the middle of the Andaman Sea. After a 2.5 hour drive, and a 1 hour boat ride, we reached this magnificent destination:   I spent the day relaxing […]

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A Weekend in Kochi, India – Photo Post

January 12, 2015
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There is so much to see in Kochi, India – we stayed for 3 nights/4 days. Each day, we drove about 5 hours to get from place to place. Before posting  stories, here is a visual look at what we experienced!

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Addressing my Fear of Swimming in Palawan, Philippines

January 8, 2015
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In a previous post, I gave a brief overview of a boat Expedition I did through the Palawan chain of islands over Thanksgiving. Bucket flushing toilets and bucket showers were definitely a challenging part of the trip at times, but so was spending the majority of the 5 days negotiating with myself whether to get into […]

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Savvy Little Salespeople in Siem Reap

December 8, 2014
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And by “salespeople” I mean the young boys and girls that hang around tourist spots to hawk their goods. “Ay, laaady … you buy this.” This was a phrase I heard over and over (and over) again from children during my 5 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia – especially at the major temples sites. It’s […]

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