Three Days in Sydney on a Budget

Sydney Opera House

Before we started our around the world trip we asked our daughter, Sydney, where in the world she wanted to go. Without pause, she said Sydney, Australia. Sydney, the city not our daughter, is renown for being one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit and can easily wreak havoc with anyone’s […]

RTW Budget: One Month in Bali

Gunung Kawi

For the month of July we stayed in the beautiful, but very touristy town of Ubud, Bali and then at the end of the month we flew to Melbourne, Australia. By the end of our stay in Bali, we really had mixed feelings about the island. We enjoyed exploring the rice fields of Ubud and […]

Photo Essay: Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal

Monkey Forest-15

Monkeys! Cute little monkeys. Adorable and completely innocent little creatures. We once thought that, until we visited SE Asia. During our 6 months in SE Asia we came to realize that we were wrong. Long-tailed macaque monkeys are not so innocent. Cute, yes, but far from innocent. Monkeys are actually vile, thieving, diseased creatures whose sole […]

Rice Fields of Ubud Bali

Rice fields of Ubud

I was not sure what to expect when we decided to stay in Ubud Bali, as we had heard fellow travelers express vastly different opinions. It seemed like people either loved BalI or hated it. After staying a month I can see a little bit of both sides. The traffic is horrendous and Ubud is […]

Photo of the Week: Koala

Koala Bear

Driving just 90 minutes east of Melbourne, Australia we found the Ballarat Wildlife Park. One of the things we wanted to do most in Australia is to see the strange native critters. Not only do you get to see the animals at the park, but you actually get to pet them, including this cute little […]

RTW Budget: One Month in Malaysia

June 2014

For the month of June we were in the amazing country of Malaysia. We spent 2 ½ weeks in the city of Kuala Lumpur and then flew to the beautiful island of Borneo staying in the city of Kuching for 11 days. At the end of the month, we then left Malaysia for Bali. We […]

Sydney’s Corner: All About Chocolate

Glorious chocolate

Who likes chocolate?  This blog is going to be really sweet, because it is all about chocolate.  Let’s first start with some facts about chocolate. Origins Chocolate was to believed to have first grown in Mesoamerica.   Mesoamerica is an area of southern Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  People think that chocolate has been […]