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Newfoundland: Take The Newfinese Language Test

  “Stay where yer to till I come where yer at.”   The Newfoundland language is sometimes happily easy to understand, but at other times we were totally lost. At those times, we responded to Newfinese with blank stares, raised eyebrows and an awkward smile, thinking “Huh?” or “How can I reply when I never understood a word of what… Continue reading

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Audubon Zoo, New Orleans

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  The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is ranked as one of the top zoos in the United States. We didn’t know this at all at the time.   In fact we had no idea how amazing it would be when we decided to take a break from Mardi Gras in Nawlins’, which of course, was fantastic fun, and in… Continue reading

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Ring 1: Beara Peninsula’s Remarkable Scenery

  The Beara Peninsula is untouched and has very few tourists. It has some of the most remarkable and unusual scenery.     Starting at Glengarriff, and driving around the entire peninsula to Kenmare, we saw some astounding terrain. This is a photo journal.   School children in Beara Peninsula`s small towns generally wear uniforms.   We loved these charming… Continue reading

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S. E. Asia: “99% Of What We Worry About Never Happens”

  Malaria   As many of us have said before,   “99% of what we worry about never happens, and the other 1% we can handle.”   And so it was with our fears of Malaria, and fears of the side-effects of the drugs to prevent Malaria. It’s a well-known fact that some of them make you feel really sick,… Continue reading

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Of Accidental Heroes

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  One never knows when an opportunity may come along to be a hero. It is never planned, and probably the last thing on your mind at that moment.   My friend, G, loves to snorkel and spent many an afternoon at the far end of the lagoon at the North Beach on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in the deeper water… Continue reading

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6 Things To Know Before You Go To Penang & Best Value Hotel

  It was hard to leave raw natural Borneo, but we were on our way to Malaysia, and to another adventure.     At the airport in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, we waited for Air Asia to open, and stopped for a bite to eat.   Wow. This simple French rice dish called Riz Soubise was spectacular. Who knew a simple… Continue reading

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Penang, Malaysia: What Is A Chew Jetty?

  Walking toward the Chew Jetty, we were excited. We had heard it was a fantastic sight, the highlight of Penang.     First of All, What is a Jetty?   It’s an odd name, but not odd for the Chinese in Malaysia. Jetty is the name of an actual floating village on stilts sitting over the water. What an… Continue reading

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Dine And Dash At Hemmingway’s Hideout In Old Havana

Dine and Dash at Hemmingway’s Hideout   The very first day we were in Cuba, we were wandering around Old Havana. We stopped for drinks at Ernest Hemingway’s favourite hangout the Hotel Ambos Mundos in Old Havana. Remember? He wrote The Old Man and the Sea, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.   The Hotel Ambos is a lovely hotel… Continue reading

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Falling For A Stranger in Havana

  One day I was checking out all the shops around Parque Cristo in Havana Vieja, when I saw the Churros wagon in the park.   The delicious aroma of fried dough was wafting directly to me. Mmmm…  50 pesos (65 cents) for two freshly fried Churros filled with chocolate or Dulce de Leche. I’m on my way…   Mouth… Continue reading

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Women In Cuba Smoke Cigars

  If you want to get a feel for local culture in Cuba, settle down for a morning (or afternoon or evening) of people-watching in any one of Cuba’s central parks.   You’ll find a central park in every village, town, or in each area of a city all through Cuba. Warning: you may find it fascinating.   The people and… Continue reading

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3 Great Cheap Restaurants in Old Havana

Cheap Food in Old Havana   Cuban food is good. No matter what you’ve heard, it is good basic food. The cheapest and best Cuban food is found in Paladares, the locally-owned and run restaurants, the smaller Mom and Pop Restaurants. Rice and beans are served with every meat or seafood, so if you want cheap food in Havana, look… Continue reading

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Sloppy Joes, Prostitutes and Milk in Havana

  Did you know that Sloppy Joe’s were invented in Havana?   Yes, those good ol’ Sloppy Joe sandwiches were invented in Havana. Remember that ground beef/tomato sauce mixture you slopped on buns? Then you devoured it in minutes thinking it was the best thing you ever had?   Sloppy Joes were the brainstorm of a local Havana restaurant (Paladar)… Continue reading

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Borneo: Orangutan Break-In, Night Safari and Tea Plantation

 [bwwpp_reading_lists sid=1 title=’Travel To Little Known Places’ template=’list’] Orangutan Break-In   We were down for breakfast at the Myrne River Resort in Borneo when David told us that there had been an Orangutan Break-in!   Most of the cups and glassware had been removed from the Coffee and Snacks station in the centre of the Restaurant because a wild Orangutan… Continue reading

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Borneo River Safari: Gigantic Butterflies and Tree-Climbing Crocodiles

  Gigantic Butterfly   Relaxing on the deck before our Borneo River Safari, something moved beside my chair. I looked, and made a small gasp. There was a huge creature fluttering on our patio window a foot away from me! I stood up, stepped back… and took a closer look.   Well, it was just a butterfly! But it was… Continue reading

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Bird’s Nest Soup: Most Expensive Soup in the World

Travelling through the mountains of Borneo, we made a stop at Gomantong Cave, known for its ancient Bird’s Nest harvesting. A delicacy in this part of the world is Bird’s Nest Soup.   Inside the Cave The first half-kilometre into the cave is a beautiful forest.   Not only is this magnificent cave full of the priceless bird’s nests of… Continue reading

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How To Make Roti in Borneo

  One of our stops on our way to a new jungle resort in Borneo was for Indian food. What a treat it was to watch this guy making each individual fresh roti, and with a bright smile that showed how much he really seemed to enjoy doing it. To watch it was true art.     How to Make… Continue reading

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An Entire Exotic Island to Yourself in Tonga

  We had rented a cabin and were about to spend a week on an uninhabited island, Uoleva Island, in the Haap’ai Group of Tonga. It was an island we would have all to ourselves with absolutely breathtaking white powder beaches and crystal clear turquoise water (perfect for skinny dipping). There were no roads, no cars, no shops on the island.        … Continue reading

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Ghost Plants, Stink Bugs & A Magical Lake in the Borneo Rainforest

The Lake   It was the most mesmerizing lake we had ever seen. Set in the Borneo rain forest like a jewel of peace among wild thorns.  (Double-click on any photo to see it full size)   Reflections so perfect and so still, you’d swear there were two lakes.    Most astounding was the silence. In any forest you will… Continue reading

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Borneo: Stripped Naked By An Orangutan

  Sepilok Orangutan Nursery   We were still giddy from seeing the wild Orangutans that morning.  After returning to the gorgeous Sepilok Nature Resort, we had lunch and a short break before we headed to the Sepilok Orangutan Nursery and Rehabilitation Centre.   The Orangutan Nursery and Rehabilitation Centre houses orphaned and stolen baby orangutans. Many of the little orangutans… Continue reading

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The Wilds Of Borneo: An Alternative To The African Safari?

Move over Africa – Borneo could offer as much as Africa, without the price! Check out our amazing adventures below while on Borneo Safari, and just see if you wouldn’t rather go to Borneo at half the cost of going to Africa.     WILD ANIMALS OF BORNEO   With one of the oldest rainforests in the world, and protecting the… Continue reading

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