Tips for Sydney’s New Year’s Eve

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A year ago at this time, we were in Sydney, Australia and trying to figure out how to make the most of our New Year’s Eve experience. NYE is a big deal in Sydney – 1.5 million people turn out to watch the fireworks and the parade of illuminated boats up and down the harbour – and the question of where to go to watch the fireworks is a daunting one. The city’s official NYE website lists more than 60 locations from which you can watch the fireworks, listed on…

Happy Thanksgiving! One Month At Home

A hangnail was far from the worst injury I could have sustained in Bali

A year ago at this time, we were in north Queensland, Australia, in the Atherton Tablelands, hunting platypus. We actually completely forgot about Thanksgiving until we logged onto Facebook and saw all the posts about it.  But now we’ve been home for one month, and with Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, we reflect on some things we’re truly thankful for: 1. Peanut butter and jelly. It was so hard to find peanut butter on the road, and when we could find it, it was called something strange like ‘American nut butter.’…

Italy: A Tale of Two Farms

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We had the great pleasure of escaping to two farms in Italy while we visited. “Agrotourism” is a big part of the tourist industry there and knowing how much I love every moment we get to spend at Harvest Sun Farms with our friends in Ohio, I was definitely excited. One thing I learned quickly while looking at the Agrotourism in Italy site is that many places are just countryside homes, and not actual working farms, so you have to read the descriptions closely to get what you want. We…

Sedlec Ossuary

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What better day for this macabre post than Halloween! While we were in Prague in August, we took a day trip to Kutna Hora to see the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the bone church. In the late 13th century an abbot went to visit the land that was believed to be where Jesus was crucified – Golgatha. He brought back some of the holy soil and sprinkled it in the cemetery, thus making it a very popular place in Central Europe to be buried. In the 1300′s the Black…

104 Beds

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After 13 months on the road, we have slept in 104 beds. Some have been much nicer than others. We’ve had beds that are too soft, too hard, too many covers, not enough covers, too close to bugs, protected from bugs, concave, convex (ok maybe not this, but you get the idea). We’ve also had a few great ones. A brief glimpse below with location and notes.                            Tomorrow night, we’ll be at the airport Hilton in Rome…