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Hiking The Tongariro Alpine Crossing In New Zealand

February 18, 2016
Tongariro Crossing hiking in New Zealand

We walked for eight hours. EIGHT HOURS! But, every step was beautiful and I can’t even complain about my sore Achilles.   Rated one of New Zealand’s top walks, the Tongariro crossing was just another one of those things that I heard was a “must-do” in New Zealand. And, since we didn’t plan much, and the name rang a bell, we went for it. There’s a volcano, seemingly desolate landscape, emerald pools of sulfur stinking water and miles of flowered…

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A Weekend Trip to Pai, Thailand

August 12, 2015

When I was still in America, living at home, weekend trips consisted of road journeys to the Jersey Shore or up to Mt. Pocono to fish at the trout farm. Don’t get me wrong, these destinations are interesting in their own right but dodging hoards of jellyfish and clumps of seaweed in the murky Atlantic gets old after twenty-some years. Now, temporarily stationed in Thailand, weekend trips have become much more inspiring. Pai is a small mountain town about a…

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How to Get to Sapa From Hanoi: The Only Guide You’ll Need

May 3, 2015

How to Get to Sapa From Hanoi Updated: 2017 Travel to Sapa By Bus If you want to get to Sapa from Hanoi, a bus journey  tends to be the most convenient option. It typically takes between five and six hours to arrive in Sapa from Hanoi. There are several bus companies and they all leave from the center of Hanoi. I took the Sapa Express. The bus was brand new, comfortable and the service provided water, snacks and even one…

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