Expect the Unexpected: A Real World Friending in the Coromandel

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We had only planned to stay an hour or so, visiting with a Facebook friend in Tairua, a small town on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. But it was seven hours and six new friends later before we …

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A Wild Suburb: Escaping the City in West Auckland

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In 1948, two scientists came to the coastal bluffs along the Tasman Sea just west of Auckland, and for the first time listened to the sounds of stars outside the Milky Way. It’s likely that few visitors now head here …

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Waiting on the World to Change, by a Coral

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Note: Each night at El Nido Miniloc Resort we were given a one page story that sought to educate us, in a fun way, about the fragile environment we live in, how we impact it, and what we can do …

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Rocky Road to Paradise: Our Resorts in the Philippines – Part 2

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At four different sites in the Philippines, two of which are described below, we experienced clear waters, abundant tropical fish, endless and varied coral reefs – all worthy rivals to what we have seen on the far more famed and …

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Rocky Road to Paradise: Our Resorts in the Philippines – Part 1

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At four different sites in the Philippines, two of which are described below, we experienced clear waters, abundant tropical fish, endless and varied coral reefs – all worthy rivals to what we have seen on the far more famed and …

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Resilience and Resistance on Bohol

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We had planned to come to the island of Bohol for one purpose – to enjoy the spectacular diving and snorkeling off Panglao Island, just across a bridge from Bohol’s southern tip, about two hours by ferry from neighboring Cebu …

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A Farewell to Oz – with some hops, a few skips and a jump

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We felt nostalgic and saddened as we prepared to leave our home in Melbourne and the country of Australia. We’ve loved all the quirky charms of the city – its trams, its hidden laneways, its mash-up of new and old …

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Noddy but Nice – Trading Travel Disappointments for Delights

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About an hour north of Brisbane, with about three hours driving left to reach Hervey Bay, the phone suddenly indicated we had gotten an unnoticed call. The barely listenable message said something about challenging weather conditions in the bay. “You …

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The Coast of Curiosities: Oddments off the Road from Perth to Exmouth – Part 2

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In this part, you can find out about a beach made completely of small cockle shells and what it’s like to swim with grinning, four-meter wide manta rays. Part 1 reveals what we call Western Australia’s “Grand Ocean Road,” with …

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A Dying Fall: Our Trip in Three Colors

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We missed the fall season last year because we moved to the southern hemisphere in July. For us, it’s been sixteen months straight without it, at least till now:  winter-spring, then winter-spring-summer. And no fall. By May, we started seeing …

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