This Photo Stinks!

3 Apr

Durian Fruit in BangkokIn February, when we were in Asia, we came across a fruit called durian. I had never even heard of it, but we were very curious to try it since people snickered every time we asked about it.  What was so funny? We soon found out… Continue reading

6 Warning Signs Your Plane May Be About To Crash

27 Mar

Airplane Interior I have a secret to tell you. I’m morbidly fascinated by plane crashes. I can tell you which airlines have had disasters and even rattle off the flight numbers of the flights.

I’ve seen video clips of airplanes doing more flips than an Olympic gymnast and even one crashing into bits into the Indian Ocean. And while these crashes are horrific, it’s amazing that people survived them. But, they did.

Airlines don’t want to alarm people unnecessarily, and that’s a good thing. But there are some things you need to know. So fasten your seatbelts, here are 6 signs that indicate your plane may be going down.

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Backwards Bucket List: This Place is Amazing!

13 Mar

Walking the halls of Ankgor WatAs I mentioned in my last backward bucket list post, I love reading bucket lists. And I’ve noticed this destination on several lists. There is a reason….It is AMAZING! Continue reading

Desperation, Good Looks, and Getting Fooled

6 Mar

Greece is in a world of hurt, financially, that is.

I’ve heard that desperate times create desperate people. And the people in Greece are showing their desperation. We found this out first hand.

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Arriving in Athens jet-lagged and exhausted, we trudged through the airport toward the train station. Boarding the train to the city, I kept thinking that something was going to go wrong….

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Warning! Disney Related Profanity Will Be Found Below

28 Feb

Holley Shiftwell

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Entertaining the Little Guy on long trips has been fairly easy. All he needs is a toy car, and he is content, playing for hours. So when Disney came out with the movie Cars 2, we bought a few of the cars, excited that he would have some new toys. And Holley Shiftwell, the sleek purple spy car, was one of his favorites. Little did I know, she would cause some major embarrassment. Continue reading

Never Read the News While on Vacation (Even if There’s a Grenade in the Street)

27 Feb

On February 14, 2012, an Iranian man threw two grenades down a busy street in Bangkok. Despite blowing off his own legs, he survived.

Streets of Bangkok

Streets of Bangkok

We had no idea, even though our hotel was less than five miles away.

I don’t usually read the news while on vacation. I figure it’s nice to kind of fall into a hole where reality doesn’t affect you. But what if the reality is that there’s a terrorist throwing grenades in the city you’re visiting? Shouldn’t you know about it?

Thai Giant

Thai giant, guarding the Wat Phra Kaew temple grounds

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How NOT to Get Cheated by Taxi Drivers…Ever Again!

21 Feb

I have a love-hate relationship with taxi drivers. There are those I love, the ones who have taken us on tours and one who even invited us to his home. But, there are some I hate, the ones who con me, thinking I’m a dumb tourist who’ll never know the difference!

I’ve been cheated by taxi drivers all over the world, from Houston to Macedonia. Then, I got smarter and started using a system to check their honesty. Until I started using this method, I was never sure if I was being had. So, here it is…. I promise it works!

Limassol, Cyprus

In Cyprus, our taxi driver took us to his home to meet his 2-yr.-old daughter. He even gave us a bag of fruit picked from his own trees. Such a nice man! (Limassol, Cyprus)

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