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This time in Bangkok, I got to experience many new things for the first time. Here are the best ones.
Is Australia a Value Destination?
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The Glorious Beaches of Sydney, Australia
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Australia’s Northern Territory in Black and White
This harsh and unforgiving environment is best seen in black and white.
The best food in Italy is in Emilia-Romagna. Period. Long known as the home of parmesan cheese, prosciutto, and traditional aged balsamic vinegar, even Italians from other regions will grudgingly admit that yes, Emilia-Romagna is home to Italy’s best food. Emilia-Romagna, a northern region consisting of the western inland region of Emilia and the eastern seaside region of Romagna, may not be... [Read more]
To me, arriving in Bangkok feels like slipping on a well-worn leather shoe. It’s so easy, familiar and friendly — yet exciting and full of surprises. No two days are ever the same. That’s a good thing — but Bangkok’s familiarity has also become a problem. After exploring Bangkok like crazy during my first 10 days there more than three years ago, my subsequent visits were... [Read more]
It’s one of the most expensive countries in the world. Is Australia worth the cost? Over my three weeks Down Under, I choked at prices several times. The first time was at a little general store and cafe near Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory when I wanted to buy a cup of coffee. Coffee was served in real mugs — no takeaway allowed — and a tiny mugful cost $4.90... [Read more]
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My sky-high expectations for Melbourne began when I was in college. It began when my roommate Kelly Anne decided to study abroad in Melbourne. At that point in time, Fairfield University only allowed you to do select study abroad programs that were either their own programs or through their partners, and none of the programs took place in Melbourne. Kelly wanted to study in Melbourne so badly, she... [Read more]
Three years ago, I fell madly in love with Cambodia. For three years, it occupied a top five spot on my list of favorite countries. So when it came time to take Mario and the SOTM Tour to Southeast Asia, I knew that Cambodia would be a mandatory stop for us. I was beyond excited to show Mario everything I could about this wonderful country. If you’ve been following on Facebook, you know that... [Read more]
The following post is brought to you by Hotspot Shield – a product that I use to protect myself while on public wifi networks. To find out more about Hotspot Shield, click here. I’ve heard the comparisons again and again — Sydney is the gorgeous city, but Melbourne is the cool city. Sydney is the great place to visit, but Melbourne is the great place to live. I preferred the way... [Read more]
I can pinpoint exactly when and where I first heard about the Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb. It was the second season of The Amazing Race in 2002. I remember that clearly — I was a senior in high school, still coming off the high of my first overseas trip to France the year before, obsessed with all things French, and dreaming of traveling the world. I remember the villain of that season —... [Read more]
The Northern Territory is an extreme environment. The climate is harsh; the wildlife is dangerous. The people who have survived here before modern development and technology are truly warriors, because this environment can kill you quickly — whether it’s through heatstroke or dehydration, a snake bite or a croc attack. While looking through my Northern Territory photos, I realized how... [Read more]
It’s been five months on the road for the SOTM Tour. I mentioned to Mario this morning that we were close to the halfway point — so what would his favorite places be so far? Japan, he said. And South Africa. And the Burj al Arab, and the night he proposed to me in Malta. Me? Japan. Australia. Malta. Macedonia. Italy. This trip has been so much fun — but a feeling has been persistently... [Read more]