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We The North (Chiang Mai Thailand)

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On January 29th we got up bright and early and boarded a ferry at Koh Phangan pier which took us to Surat Thani Airport where we would be flying directly to Chiang Mai. The ferry was littered with survivors of the previous nights half moon party, many holding their heads and trying to grab just one more wink of sleep as they traversed back to Koh Samui which is another island close by. Been there, done that and for second or two I felt like we missed out on a great party but that feeling quickly passed as I realized just how much better I felt then they did! It is never fun admitting that you are getting a bit older but those days of partying till the wee hours of morn are very few and far between, especially in the case of travel when you don't want to miss out on anything simply because you are too rough from the night before....I am not saying it won't happen on this tour, but for now I am taking a bit more of a reserved approach and still having a lot of fun! After a great chat with a gentleman from Finland in the airport where we exchanged travel stories, but most importantly our knowledge of Finland hockey players who where in the NHL, we boarded our plane and were in Chiang Mai just two short hours later. As I looked out the window during our landing approach I could tell we were somewhere completely different than anywhere we had been so far in Thailand. Mountains and jungle outlined every view you took in and rice fields were all over. Small subdivisions dotted the landscape as we neared the city and there was not quite the chaotic piling on of homes we had seen when landing in Manilla or Bangkok.

Cab service was readily available once we exited the airport and for 160 baht ($6 Cnd) we got to our hotel/apartment. We had booked a spot on line to make sure we had a place to rest at for the first couple nights with a plan to head out into the city during that time to find a new place closer to the pulse that we would stay at longer. Today is now February 8th and we have had all sorts of great experiences during our time in Chiang Mai and we still have 2 more days to go before we depart for Ho Chi Minh City on then 10th. Here are some of the highlights so far which will hopefully give some insight into what Chiang Mai is like as a place and to give some tips on things other people may want to try out while here.

Our first night in Chiang Mai we immediately noticed a huge difference in the vibe between this city and our only other Thailand city reference which was Bangkok. The pace seemed much slower, the streets less crowded and there was just this overall feeling of a being more relaxed. Now don't get me wrong, Chiang Mai is still a large city and there are plenty of busy streets and jammed up traffic areas but it was nowhere near the volume of what Bangkok threw at us. With help from the gentlemen at the front desk of our hotel we made the short walk to the Night Bizarre which is a must see in my books, as we actually went there on back to back nights. Any map you grab of Chiang Mai will have this place marked out on it. It is located outside the old city of Chiang Mai but there is plenty of cheap transportation that can get you there if you are not up for the walk. The night bizarre is open at 6pm and closes at 12am and once you are there you will find blocks and blocks of vendors, massage stops, restaurants with live music and deals deals deals! Mind you a lot of the clothing vendors are repetitive in what they are selling but there is something for everyone. A little bartering is expected so don't think you need to pay the stricker price on anything. Sherry and I really enjoyed chilling at some of the open air restaurants that had live music and watching the crowds roll by and I am sure Sherry would tell you her highlight was the Cabaret show that took place in the market at 9:30 pm every night. For 200 baht each, which included a drink, we were entertained for one hour by some of Chiang Mai's finest lady boy's. Nothing could have prepared me for the escapades that took place during that hour but it was all in good fun and well worth the time and money for a cheap laugh. Word to the wise though, do not sit in the front rows as they like to snatch up a few unwilling participants to come on stage.
Our first full day in Chiang Mai we made our way down to the old city with the plan of finding a place to stay for the next few nights which would get us closer to the pulse of city and the backpacker crowd so we could meet more people. There are guesthouses and boutiques all over the old city that you won't find on the Internet but that are more than decent for accommodations. We settled on Julie's place which had a large common area out front by the reception and it was fairly central in the old city. For 550 baht/night or about $20 can we had our next four nights stay arranged in a private room with air conditioning and a somewhat hot shower. I had never stayed in a hostel before, so this was a first for me and I wasn't quite ready to settle for a shared accommodation. Although we booked in for 4 nights we would only be spending 3 nights as we booked an overnight excursion to an elephant rescue centre which we left for after our first night at Julie's. Sleep was minimal during our first night at Julie's, partly because we where afraid of missing our early morning pick up and partly because of some the noises that crept into our room from outside. No biggy though, it's all apart of the experience though right.......There are tons of different elephant excursions you can choose to go on and the way we decided on ours was through a reference from some people we talked to a couple days earlier who said they really enjoyed their stay and felt like the elephants where being treated quite well. The elephant retreat was an experience I won't soon forget as we got to spend a lot of time with the elephants feeding and going for short rides, but maybe the most memorable part for me was getting to spend time around the camp once the rest of the tour groups left. Sherry and I were the only two staying over so we got a a really cool behind the scenes experience. Some of it involved the elephants but a lot of it was spending time around the Mahout (elephant trainer - 1 dedicated per elephant) and the rest of the amazing people who worked at the retreat. I found myself working alongside the Mahout helping to feed the elephants (see pictures) and also mixing up some cement so we could make posts for a game called Takraw, which we eventually played out about 8 games of. The people at the rescue centre where amazing. So friendly and enjoyable to be around. Even though most did not speak any English and I know very little Thai, we still had a lot of laughs as we shared the common grounds of work and play. Sherry spent time hanging out with the women of the centre who welcomed her in and the even gave her the chance to try some fried up crickets which she brought over to me for a taste test as well....they where pretty good actually. At night we settled in to our loft up in the hills which was open air and had a couple mats, some pillows and blankets enclosed in a mosquito net to protect us from the creatures of the night. Again sleep was minimal but I wouldn't change a thing as waking up and looking down over the retreat in the mornjng to see the elephants grazing around was priceless. In the afternoon of day two we hooked up with another tour group and went Ina white water rapid tour which was a lot of fun and we got to meet lots more cool people from around the world. I could go on and on about our time at the rescue centre but I should likely get to a few more Chiang Mai highlights. Check out our pictures for some more insights into the time we spent with the elephants.
Once we made it back to our guesthouse we settled in for some more laid back time where we tried to catch up on sleep and took time just to walk around the old city taking in all it had to offer. Unlike Bangkok where we tried all sorts of transportation out, in Chiang Mai we have been getting our exercise and walking all over. Many people choose to rent scooters or peddle bikes during their stays but seeing the way traffic works around the city I think our safest bet is to stay on the side walks. We where fortunate to meet many people during our stay at Julie's and as we toured around the city. We have definitely noticed that there are many more Canadians, Americans and people from the UK in Chiang Mai which has made it easier to spark up a conversation. We have also had the opportunity to meet up with a fiend from back home who has been in Chiang Mai for almost month now completing a Yoga course. It was definitely nice to see a familiar face from home and we have had a few good dinners out catching up on our travels completed and talking about what's next. Thanks for all your hospitality Jillene, Sherry and I really enjoyed your company. There have been so many great places to go out and eat at, with a place for every budget as well. It is not hard to find a place where you can get a full meal and a large beer for $3 Canadian but there are also some more upscale joints if you are looking to treat your significant other to a special night out....we have been enjoying the $3 meals hahahaha. A couple of pieces of advice for new travellers to Chiang Mai would be to definitively tour the old city for a place to stay - not everything is in the web. When you do find a place you like and you are staying for many nights, don't be shy to try for a discount. When it comes to getting around there are many options depending on your budget. If the weather is great and you are not in a rush, walking is a great way to see the city. Tuk Tuks and taxis add up over time, but in most cases you can barter with them as well to get your costs down. Make sure you carry a map around with you at all times so that if you do decide to flag down a Tuk Tuk you can show them where you want to go, as languages outside of Thai, even a written down address in English doesn't always help. Lastly, there is plenty to do outside of Chiang Mai city as well and tourist offices everywhere wiling to take your money in exchange for a tour. Make sure you do your research on specific tours before taking them, trip advisor is a great source of inside info to help you from getting burned. When we booked a tour to see elephants we did so over email with the company after reading many reviews. We where also able to get a discount that way. When we booked a tour to see the white temple, longneck tribe and the hot springs, we booked through our hotel and we where pretty disappointed with what we got. There was an up sell along the way for something we didn't even want and out of a 10 hour day we spent only about 2 hours doing what we had thought we where going to do. Tourism is a huge industry in Chiang Mai and there are plenty of scams waiting for the uniformed participant. Do your homework and you should be fine.
Well that's just about enough rambling for now. Next time you hear from us we will be in Vietnam enjoying Ho Chi Minh city and Mui Ne which is a surf and fishing area on the west coast. I will have some more details on our time in Chiang Mai coming as well - just too hard to jam it all in one post!

Cheers,

Shayne and Sherry

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Southern Thailand Island Life

Koh Phangan you are the best!

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It is January 29, 2015, around 7:00 am and we are leaving our island paradise of Koh Phangan after a 6 night stay. We arrived early in the morning on January 23 after a 12 hour overnight train from Bangkok Hua Lamphong station. We had purchased our tickets the day before and we're lucky enough to be able to upgrade to first class which gave us our own cabin. All and all the train is very cheap and inexpensive way to travel if you have the time in your travel plans. There are lots of people who will stand outside of the train stations and try to get you before you go in so buyer beware. They will get you to go to the TAT, which is another shady little travel office outside of the station. Just keep on walking and get into the station where there are tons of ticket windows and people to help. To get to our final destination we had to arrange for a short bus ride and a ferry and again this was done through our ticket purchase at the train station. For a little over $50 Cnd we had all our transportation looked after.
Even though it was still very early in the morning when we boarded the Ferry at Donsak Pier, a shot of energy began to surge through me again. We were on the water, surrounded by beautiful islands and the sun was just beginning to rise up from behind the clouds. The ferry was well outfitted with washrooms, cabin and deck seating, along with a small assortment of refreshments and snacks. The sun was hot and the heat felt amazing when we jumped off of the boat in Koh Phangan around 9:30 am. Using our lonely planet Thailand book we had figured out where on the the island our accommodations were roughly, so we just needed to find a taxi to get us there. Just off to the right of the peer we found a taxi service that loaded us into the back of their truck and began hauling us, along with 4 other travellers up to Sunset Hill. We had no idea what to expect of our resort as we only booked it online just a few days before and we based that on great reviews from Trip Advisor in combination with the reasonable price (approx $60 Canadian/night). After what seemed like a straight vertical climb up a hillside we arrived at our hotel where we were immediately greeted by a staff member who took our bags and welcomed us to the resort. We were way early for checking in, so all we hoped for was to get that done, then maybe be able to hang by the pool until our room was ready. To our surprise, not only were we able to upgrade our room to Ocean view for a very reasonable rate, but we were also able to check in to our room right away. You will see why we upgraded if you check out some of our photo's. The staff where all so welcoming as they helped us with everything we needed and they did it all with great big smiles on their faces as well. We really felt at home! Thank you to Tina and Wii - you ladies are the best.

So, we had 7 days to live it up on the island and here is a bit of a run down on how we spent our time. Getting Around - you quickly learn that the main mode of transportation on the island is by moped, scooter or smaller dirt bikes. Taxi's are readily available but if you are staying for a long period of time, you can rack up quite a bit of cost just getting around. For 200 baht per day or $7.50 Canadian you can come and go as you please travelling all the over the island. There are some gas stations on the island but for 40 baht you can get what is the equivalent to a 26 ounce bottle of booze in volume of gasoline to top up your wheels. There are road side stands all over the place so running out of gas should never be a fear. Through our resort they ordered, dropped off and picked up our moped which was really convenient. Now this did result in me getting a hot pink coloured moped as I didn't get to pick my wheels out, but I could not have cared less as we where in paradise! Make sure you do take photos of the moped when you pick it up and do it in front of the person you are renting from. There have been scams run where they claim you damaged the vehicle and will try to get some more of your hard earned dough before letting you return the moped.

When it came to food, the options were endless. Everywhere you went there where little road side bars and restaurants. We tried to diversify the best we could in what we tried but the Soul Food cafe which was right near the pier in Thang Sala and which served vegetarian, became a common stop, along with just about any beach front bar that served cold beer. Sherry has a gluten free diet and has been eating raw for some time now and we had no problem finding places to match her appetite. The Freeway was a really cool spot that I would recommend checking out for a sunset drink and a bite to eat (see photo's). The prices are reasonable everywhere in terms of food. There are some more upscale restaurants if you wish to dine a little bit classier one night but even at these places you won't be overwhelmed by the bill.

We chose to explore the island on our own instead of signing up for tours and trips. With our moped and information gathered from talking to other travellers we made our way around almost the entire island stopping at Wai Sai Beach, Bottle Beach, Chokulum Fishing village, and many other cool, but inexpensive stops. We enjoy making our own adventures for the shear thrill of the unexpected and unknown and in many cases it is just cheaper - remember, we are unemployed and homeless! One of the highlight stops for Sherry and I was a newly established Sauna called The Dome. For 200 Baht each ($6.00 Cnd) we hung out in the middle of nature by a campfire which was surrounded by pillows and little lounge areas. For the price we paid you also got to use the Dome Sauna, and you where served watermelon and tea. This place was right up Sherry's alley and I always enjoy trying out new things and I really had a great time myself as well. You can stay as long as you want starting from 6pm and going until 12:00 am. The atmosphere is very chill and laid back with people sharing stories and trading perspectives on life. Now contrary to what my brother in law Brent thought, no giant orgies broke out while I was there but there where lots of people that you could class as "free spirits". If you decide to put this on your list of things to do then make sure you bring a bathing suit to change into - they will provide you with a towel and sarong. For those that love raw food there is also a menu that you can order from while you chill by the fire. The sign to enter the place is tough to see so make sure you are paying attention as you get close. Thong Sala is a port area where there are markets daily for shopping for just about anything and everything. There is room for a bit of bartering but not in all cases so don't push your luck too hard as the prices are already bargain basement. Another must is taking in Muay Thai fight. Just look for the posters that line then streets or listen for the pick up trucks with loud speakers going around pumping up the fight nights. Did I have a clue what was going on in terms of how the scoring worked or what the announcer was saying - nope sure didn't- did I have great time - you bet. There is great respect amongst the fighters and that was one thing that I didn't need a translator for. A highlight for me was seeing a guy knock out his opponent in just two rounds, after which he proceeded to get out of the ring, light up a smoke and then crack a beer! It was like post game rec league hockey! There are many beautiful waterfalls on the island as well. We checked I a couple but noticed not many people around as they would assume they found the waterfall as soon as they saw running water hen would walk away disappointed. If you are just a bit adventurous these places need a little exploring to get the most out of the experience. We hiked around two water falls, one of which was Wai Sai and we ended up getting some cool pictures and where able to cool off in the falls as well.

The people that would be considered permanent residents of the island are very kind and also very diverse at the same time with people coming from all over the world to open their own raw chocolate stores or beach front restaurants. Never did we feel like we where in the tourist pressure cooker. We took everything at our own pace which is why we loved it so much. Although the island is known for its crazy full moon parties which take place once a month, there is so much more to discover. Haad Rin is where the parties take place and we did take a drive over there one day just to see what it was all about but we did not stay long. There is one thing and one thing only that happens down in that beach area and it is a crazy wild "use it and abuse it" party. Remnants of the parties lay all around and for us, there just wasn't that free and welcoming feeling that we had back on our part of the island which was about 30 minutes up the coast near Haad Yao. I don't want to spoil too many of the other first time sights and sounds of island so I will refrain from going on anymore as I know how much we like going into experiences with no expectations and being pleasantly surprised when the unknown reveals itself.

Our next stop is going to be Chiang Mai which is in the North of Thailand. We hope to meet up with a friend from back home who is on a yoga retreat there. We had originally planned on going to Vietnam first before Chiang Mai, but at the last minute decided we wanted to keep exploring the country we were in. We where able to get direct flights from Surrathani through Air Asia for just under $100 Cnd each. Well that's all for now, we are off and flying to our next stop on this crazy adventure!

Cheers,

Shayne and Sherry

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So that was Bangkok!

Sights, sounds and chaos

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We just finished up our 4 night stay in Bangkok and we loved every minute of it. We arrived on January 18th after over 20 hours of straight travel which left us both drained mentally and I am sure a wee bit stinky too. All that seemed to be pushed aside though as we made our way through the airport in search of transportation to our hotel. There is just something about arriving in a new place for the first time that reinvigorates you and can bring you out of the tired ass funk you are in. I am sure it is a mixture of nerves, excitement and anxiousness all wrapped up into one and passing thru your veins like a miny blood transfusion. We had no problems getting to our hotel through a combination of the Airport Railway system, the underground subway and good old two feet and a heart beat. The closer we got to the hotel the more my tunnel vision was intensifying as I had nothing but a cold beer and a nice shower on my mind. Even with those distractions at the front of my mind, it was impossible to ignore the chaos that was all around us once we popped out of the subway and into the streets of Bangkok. There were people everywhere! Cars, scooters, tuk tuks and taxis were weaving in and out of traffic with very little honking or shouting. Street vendors cooking up all different kinds of treats like sea bass on a stick could be seen everywhere we looked. The side walks were crowded but not too fast paced, the only thing that got you moving every once awhile would be the odd moped or scooter that came zipping down the sidewalk. It was a short walk to our hotel but our eyes got opened wide in that short distance. People always talked about how it smelled in the city but I didn't find it too bad at first. Once we checked in I grabbed that shower and opened that first cold beer and started to relax - that was game over for me as the jet leg caught up and before I knew it I was out cold! That sleep was the best thing that could have ever happened as we both woke up the next day refreshed and ready to embrace the city. It may sound like a waste of a day to some, but for us it was aninvestment in the next 3 days.
I don't want to go on to much about our every movement during our time in Bangkok, rather I will provide an overview and highlight some things we learned along the way. Transportation in the city is limitless. We used the subway system a lot as it is very cheap and easy to navigate with English being used at the ticket dispensers and on the majority of signage. We also managed to use a tuk tuk, the river boat, the canal boat and the taxi throughout our stay. Traffic is absolutely crazy so it can take you a long time to travel a short distance if you are in a taxi. Tuk tuks and mopeds play by their own rules and seem to make pretty good time bobbing and weaving their way through the chaos. When we took the canal boat down to old Bangkok on day two we got a really good taste of the poverty that exists in the city. All along the canal banks their was squalor. It wa tough to see that side of city but it really makes you appreciate what you have. Aside from the apparent poverty, you have to be damn fast getting on and off those boats. You just hop on and hope for the best! I would not recommend this for families with small children. The subway gets my vote as it is very easy, fast and clean - but if it is your first time in the city you have to try them all!
As for what we visited we did the tourist thing and saw as many highlights as we could. We made it through the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and many other religious structures in old Bangkok. You have to pay for many of these but it is not outrageous. There were also many beautiful parks in our area which we took time to tour around and enjoy. Lumphani park was one of the parks close by that we stopped at on our way to the shopping district. It was a great opportunity to see Thai culture at play. The one cool part about the parks was that they contain fitness equipment that anyone can use. I have attached a pic of Sherry working out her legs in one of the pieces of equipment. We saw both sides of the shopping world, which happened to be very close to each other as well when we first visited CentralWorld, followed by Pratunam Market. CentralWorld is the third largest mall in the world while Pratunam Market is large itself but it is a street market where bartering is alive and well, along with deals on "name brand" cloths, sunglasses, watches etc. Pratunam market or one just like it, is a must.. Never did we feel unsafe but you do have to keep your wits about you just like anywhere else.
The food was great everywhere we went. We didn't get to crazy adventurous but we did try out some local hole or should I say hut in the wall cuisine. The prices are always right and people serving us were great. Probably one of the funnier experiences we had was on our last night out when we stopped at a pub called the Penalty Spot. We just planned on stopping in to grab a quick drink but it wasn't long before the band was playing travelling willberries and a whole other whack of western music. The first band was great but then second band which opened up with "the graduation song" and then followed up with "I'll be missing you" by puff daddy and faith evans just blew our minds. A few drinks later and large smiles on both our faces and we headed home for the night. The other part of that story that was of interest was the high volume of white males sitting with young beautiful Thai women. There was something else going on at that bar because the odds of that many goofy looking white dudes landing the attention of such beautiful ladies seem somewhat astronomical to me....
So that was our last night in Bangkok and I can safely say I was ready to go when it was all said and done. Loved every minute, but it is a crazy place. We booked our next stop while we were in Bangkok which is Koh Phanagh. This is an island in the south of Thailand which is best known for its Full Moon parties. We won't be there during one of those but no doubt it will be a great time. So we are headed for some R&R and another view on Thai culture. Bangkok is a cultural punch in the face but if you can get up from the first one and enjoy all the craziness you will no doubt have some awesome memories. Until next time.

Cheers!

Shayne and Sherry

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Southeast Asia, Australia, Ireland and many more

Just hanging at the airport

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Well here we go, it's time to travel and it is time to blog - both things that are new for me and my wife Sherry. Today we sit at Toronto's Pierson International Airport awaiting our 9:40 departure to Thailand. First things first, how the heck did we get here? It is a bit of long story but if you have some time and don't mind indulging me for bit I will fill you in on some details. Sherry and I have been married for 2.5 years now and we have been together for almost 8! Over our 8 years together we have had our share of ups downs and everything in between while we lived in our small cottage country home in Lurgan Beach, Ontario. One of the biggest struggles we had was when Sherry was dealing with post concussion, which ultimately lead her to leave her position with the county of Bruce as a pre school resource teacher. For almost 4 years we sought out treatments, lifestyle changes and anything that would help her get her life back on track. The headaches, dizziness, fatigue and depression came all to regularly and often without warning or a logical explanation. This was a trying time for Sherry and I both personally and for our relationship as a whole. Perseverance paid off and just shortly after we got married on August 25th of 2012, Sherry began receiving treatments on her atlas vertebra which dramatically increased her health and wellness. In combination with a dogged commitment to eating healthy, Sherry began to turn the tide and it was not long before we regularly saw glimpses of the Sherry we all knew and had grown to love. As of the day we left Sherry is doing well in the health department.
So, what about me, Shayne, the guy writing this opening post.... Well I lived in small town Ontario, Canada for all of my life and have worked in the local power industry for almost 10.5 years since I was 21 (had to leave you a bit of math to figure out how old I am). I have been blessed with great family, friends and work colleagues throughout my life and have absolutely nothing to complain about. I have enjoyed my employment over the last 10.5 years and I know that without it, we would be in a lot different position with respect tot the changes we have recently made....what are those changes- well to start with I resigned from job and sold my house. Yep, my wife and I are unemployed and homeless, so the next obvious question has to be Why. Part of this I can explain, but part of it can't, so here goes the part I can explain - with Sherrys health challenges and me being employed at the same place since leaving school and never having seen much outside of my home town, we decided that life was too short and that we needed to see what else was going on out there. I am very appreciative and thankful for my employment, but I had a growing sense of not being content. I enjoyed the work I did but just was not content not knowing what I was missing out there in the world and Sherry felt the same - I just wasn't ready to settle in and needed to scratch that itch. We went back and forth for several months trying to decide what the next step for us were going to look like - Sherry had just started a business selling gluten free and raw desserts while I had started a new job as an HR business parter - we were both doing things we really enjoyed but knew there was more and we kept going back and forth on what that looked like. We knew in our hearts it was travel and had started making plans for where but not the when part. Sherry was all in and ready to go, but it was me that had some major thinking to do, I had a great job and leaving wouldn't be easy. Then came a random weekend in May when I went on a canoe trip to Algonquin park with a good friend, Curt Donaldson and a bunch of his buddies who he regularly went on this trip with from the KW area. The only guy I knew was Curt but I was up for the adventure. It was a short trip but on the second day I jumped in a canoe with one the other dudes I didn't know before the trip who is known as scooter. Scooter and I headed out to catch some fish for lunch and while we didn't get any fish I am happy to say I did come away with what I was looking for. The small chat began quite general and then it was not long before he started telling me that he and his wife (mrs scooter) had quit their jobs a few years earlier and moved to Australia to work and live. His story convinced me that travel was the right next step, I didn't need anymore signs. When I got home and told Sherry, she was really excited and the the planning began. I finished work on December 19th and we sold our house with closing date of February 27th. Our plan is to be in Thailand on January 18th and to spend 32 days travelling south east Asia, after which we will head to Australia to meet up with friends on the west coast. We plan to spend 30 days in Australia before heading to Dublin, Ireland in late March. The whole idea is for us to get a taste of world travel, learn to navigate our way through different countries and cultures, to have a bit of vacation along the way, to learn more about ourselves and most importantly to have some fun! We hope to travel for at least one year with no definite plans in place for when that is up. We are leaving ourselves open to any and all possibilities as you never know who you might meet along the way and what life changing opportunities might open themselves up to you. We will be blogging about our adventures to document all the ups and downs along the way in hopes of keeping our family and friends in know about our travels while also hopefully helping other people to learn about what is out there in the world to experience. Well I think I have rambled on long enough but I thought it was important for people to understand our back story so that you can gain greater meaning from the posts we make from here on out.

Cheers and we'll be in touch again soon!

Shayne and Sherry

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