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WHEREVER I’M WITH YOU

by Carmel July 21, 2014

Six years ago for Easter, my family and I rented (what we didn’t know when renting it) a double-wide trailer on the Washington coast. It rained almost non-stop, so we spent a lot of time inside – snacking, drinking, and playing board games. Years later, we still joke about the double-wide Easter – it was […]

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ADJUSTMENT TIME

by Carmel July 14, 2014

The past few weeks, I’ve been working on a major photo project – condensing our 11,000+ photos into a more palatable 841-photo slideshow of our round-the-world travels. Starting in the airport in Seattle on September 16, 2013, ending with our last photo in Lisbon, Portugal, just last week. We just returned back to the U.S. […]

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REJUVENATION

by Carmel July 10, 2014

We’ve mentioned it in passing on our Paris posts that during our visit, I was sick with bronchitis. After a week of trying to fit in recovery time between sightseeing in Paris, I was barely starting to get better. It was worth it to fight through the coughing fits, the asthma attacks, the fever, and […]

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FOR THE LIVING

by Shawn July 7, 2014

Fun fact #13: I love cemeteries. I grew up near a gorgeous sprawling one and it became one of the backdrops of my childhood. My brother and I spent much of our summers riding our bikes along the narrow gravel roads, checking out the more elaborate tombstones, daring each other to peer into the family […]

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VOUS ÊTES ICI

by Carmel July 3, 2014

This post is dedicated to my little buddy Alejandro who was learning about the Catacombs in school at the time we visited. Sorry it took me so long to send you more pictures. Hope I can make it up to you with this post! This was Shawn’s first visit to Paris – actually, this was […]

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IT’S GOOD TO BE WRONG

by Shawn June 30, 2014

Arriving to Paris, I was ready for a fight. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to visit Paris. However, that unsavory stereotype of the Parisian rang loudly in my head, like a cathedral bell. During our time in Southeast Asia, we encountered more than a few French tourists who painfully reenforced some of those stereotypes: […]

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ON BEING MALL RATS AND IT’S ONLY FAREWELL FOR NOW

by Carmel June 27, 2014

The year is 1995. It’s only a few months before I turn 15 years old. My weekends primarily consist of having my dad drive me to meet up with my 3 girlfriends and spend close to an 8-hour day sitting around in Bellevue Square (“Belle Square” as we called it) or Southcenter mall. I rarely […]

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GOOD EATS AND MY CONTINUING DESCENT INTO CRAZY CAT LADY-DOM

by Carmel June 25, 2014

Georgetown, Malaysia, is one of those places that anyone who reads travel blogs has already read about a million times. Its popularity with travelers and bloggers has grown quickly, most likely due to its street art, good food, and UNESCO World Heritage status. After a quick couple weeks going from the south of the main […]

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WHY GO TO IPOH

by Carmel June 21, 2014

There was 2 weeks left of our visit to Malaysia. We had already planned to head up north to Penang Island and the city of Georgetown. With our recent island experience, we weren’t anxious to get back on another island quite yet – even if it is significantly larger than Pangkor Island. During our Gobi […]

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THE FINAL LEG OF OUR RTW TRIP

by Carmel June 16, 2014

Yesterday, I was noticing that in exactly 2 months, we’ll be back in Portland. The day we return will also be exactly 1 year since we we packed up our moving van and took what remains of our belongings to my mom’s house in Seattle. I swear we didn’t intentionally plan it that way. We […]

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