An Unexpected Jordanian Feast in Romania

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For the first time in nearly a year, we could see our breath. The weather was changing quickly and it was a cold morning as we walked to the bus station in Targu Mures. Though we weren’t entirely prepared for it, autumn was upon us. We had just spent the past couple of weeks adjusting to city life once again after our road trip through Maramures, as well as basking in some proper hotel life during this time. However, it …

The Liebster Award

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So, by some wonderful stroke of awesome, we received three nominations for the Liebster Blogging Award in one week! How flattered we are to be thought of that much for writing a blog. This website is our baby, it requires a lot of attention, feeding, changing and love. However, at the end of the night, we can put it to sleep and it stays that way until we wake up in the morning, so at least as parents we’re well-rested! …

Traveller Interview: Eliza

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We first met Eliza back in 2013, during our first trip through Europe. We were taking a two-week tour through the Balkans as part of our visit, and Eliza was our guide. We’ve kept in touch over the years and she has since moved back to her native Poland, where she owns and operates her own tour company these days. During our visit to Warsaw a few months back, we were fortunate enough to spend a couple of evenings drinking …

Looking Back at One Year on the Road

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It’s that unmistakable time of year, the leaves are colouring, and exhaust fumes have that subtly different smell in the changing air. Our Australian friends are flooding social media with excitement for the coming months and everything is pumpkin-spiced. That can mean only one thing: We’ve been on the road for nearly an entire year already. With 36 buses, 11 flights, 4 trains, two boats, countless shuttles, cars and the back of a few pick-up trucks; we’ve travelled over 32,000 …

Bratislava; It Should Have Been Amazing…

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The unfortunate fact about life is that sometimes it doesn’t play out the way you’d like. Even in the beautiful old city of Bratislava, one can have a less than pleasurable experience. This is especially true when it comes to long-term, budget travel. Sometimes these negative vibes come from the overcrowding of some once-idyllic beach. Perhaps it’s the tourist hordes at some beautiful monument you’ve been dying to photograph. Other times, however, it’s subtle things, many of which add up …

A Few Days in Warsaw, Poland

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We found ourselves in Poland almost completely unplanned; our visit was completely due to costs. The reason we’d been in Europe in the first place was to attend a conference in Ostrava, in the eastern Czech Republic. The cheapest way for us to fly into this region was via Poland. So simply in a stroke of luck, we found ourselves in a fascinating new city we hadn’t even planned on visiting. And because we flew in early, we had a …

Traveller Interview: Dustin & Jessica

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I’ve known Dustin for a very long time. We first met while working as line-cooks at a chain restaurant in Edmonton about 17 years ago! When Kylee and I first met, one of the first nights out we had, I dragged her along to a party at Dustin’s place, that was the first time she met my friends. We only met Jessica recently. Between our travels and their jobs, their travels and our jobs, it was surprisingly hard to find …

House Sitting in Epsom

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Chances are you’ve never heard of magnesium sulphate. It’s much more likely you know it by its common name: Epsom salts. Now, other than one of the earliest discoveries of this compound being discovered in the town of Epsom, this is the last we’ll be talking about that. We rolled into Epsom on the Southwestern Rail train from Waterloo station just before noon. I think it was noon, our phone said so at least. For Kylee and I, it could …

Traveller Interview: Lydia

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We’ve actually known Lydia for quite some time, though we both met her in different circles. Kylee and her worked together for a couple of years as travel agents and bonded through mutual love of food. While I originally know her from over a decade earlier back when I was DJing and she fed my vinyl habit from the local record shop. A few years ago, she moved to Hong Kong, where she currently resides.   Name: Lydia Where do …

Visiting Guatape, Colombia

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My lungs burned and I was far too sweaty for this early in the morning. I should have eaten more than a bunuelo for breakfast. 475… Only 200 more steps to go. Aside from the realization that I’ve become incredibly out of shape over the passed two months, the view from up here is stunning. The colourful town of Guatape is a tiny scattering of buildings in the distance. 500… The Road to Guatape When one of our friends from …