What to Expect on Your First Trip to Bolivia: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

Of the three countries we visited during our 3 week trip to South America, I was most nervous about visiting Bolivia. People either seemed to love it or hate it, so we had no idea what to expect on our first trip to Bolivia. We spent 5 days in Bolivia (visiting La Paz, Sucre and […]

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The Uyuni Salt Flats- Our 1-Day Tour of Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

Bolivia was never on our radar as a place to visit until I started seeing photos of the Uyuni Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni). I was drawn to its simplistic beauty- crusty white salt covering miles and miles of land so flat there was no end in sight. Then of course there were those funny, […]

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Photo of the Week: Cave and Basin, Banff National Park

Banff may be world famous for its breathtaking mountains and glistening blue lakes, but it was a small cave and its thermal waters that spurred the creation of Canada’s first national park, Banff, in 1885. Cave and Basin is the lowest of nine natural hot springs on Sulphur Mountain, its water bubbling up from 3 […]

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Hiking the Inca Trail- What to Expect on the 4 Day Trek to Machu Picchu

Of all the things we did and places we saw during our 3 weeks in South America, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru is our favourite memory. It even climbed the ranks as one of our all-time cherished travel experiences. And to think, I was a little hesitant to do it. I’d heard so much […]

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Frank - December 16, 2016 - 12:03 pm

Wow, massive post and some great photos. I’ve previously read about it and it always sounded to me like there would be lots and lots of people on the trail. But you’ve made me curious with your experience and fantastic photos…

Never fun getting sick, glad it didn’t last more than a day. You’re tough!

Frank (bbqboy)

Visiting Machu Picchu- Peru’s Hilltop Inca Citadel

Machu Picchu- just hearing the name conjures up classic images of this hilltop Inca city, high in a tropical forest of the Peruvian Andes. These ruins, once concealed by the jungle, have gone on to become an icon of the Inca civilization and Peru’s most visited tourist attraction. About Machu Picchu- History and Discovery Machu […]

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the cape on the corner - November 15, 2016 - 12:29 pm

wow. the photos are amazing, and i can totally see crying over something so beautiful, but also, a long dreamed of location. glad you got some pictures of you both, together.

Alouise - November 25, 2016 - 2:09 pm

Machu Picchu is one of those places I’ve dreamed of visiting for years as well. It’s too bad you didn’t feel whatever energy people said “you’re supposed to feel” when you were there, but I think that’s the thing about travel – we see those pictures with no people and forget there are people in the background, maybe people selling souvenirs, etc. I felt similar when I went to Chichen Itza a number of years ago. I expected it to be like awe inspiring site, of silence and reflection, and it was full of tourists and people selling souvenirs. It was still interesting to visit and I’m glad I went, but I didn’t have the connection I thought of would. Sounds like your experience was similar, but I’m glad you still enjoyed it. The photos look fantastic, and still make me one to to visit one day.

Rhonda Krause - December 24, 2016 - 10:10 am

Funny you mention Chichen Itza because I kind of felt the same way about it. I was shocked that people were allowed to be inside selling souvenirs. At least that wasn’t the case at Machu Picchu- souvenirs were sold at the gift shop only.

Photo of the Week: Strasbourg’s Astronomical Clock

The astronomical clock in Strasbourg Cathedral is a fine example of what can be achieved when art and science come together. Statuettes and paintings embellish a case housing clock dials and mechanisms, working together to measure time and astronomical indications. When Strasbourg’s astronomical clock was completed in 1574, it was considered to be one of […]

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Orongo- Ceremonial Village of the Birdman Cult

Set between the sprawling crater of Rano Kau and the plunging cliffs of Easter Island’s southwest coast, is the small ceremonial village of Orongo. Orongo is a much different site than any other place on Easter Island. There are no famous moai statues and no huge ceremonial platforms. It’s the only place on the island […]

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Rano Raraku- Carving Site of Easter Island’s Moai

Scattered across the slope of a volcano are hundreds of stone heads, their serious facial expressions gazing out over Easter Island’s barren landscape. These are moai- idolized by the original Rapa Nui culture and obsessively built here at Rano Raraku, one of Easter Island’s most fascinating sites. About Rano Raraku Rano Raraku is the quarry […]

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the cape on the corner - November 8, 2016 - 11:30 am

wow. amazing to see that in person.

4 Days in Easter Island- A Self-Guided Tour of Rapa Nui

“We’re most looking forward to spending 4 days in Easter Island,” I’d say when friends asked about our upcoming trip to South America. “What’s Easter Island?” some would ask, a quizzical look on their face. “You know, the place with all the stone heads,” I replied, trying to hide my shock that they didn’t know […]

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3 Weeks in South America- Our Itinerary’s Hits and Misses

South America has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for 10 years, but for some reason it has always taken a back seat to other destinations. I am happy to say, that is no longer the case! We finally made it to the southern hemisphere, spending 3 weeks in South America (well, 24 days […]

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Tamara - November 4, 2016 - 9:58 am

Sorry to hear you had a poor experience in Huacachina- we loved it, and I don’t remember seeing any garbage at all (we went 2 years ago). I also didn’t notice pollution in Lima like you described, but it’s also one of the only places I’ve ever been where I was terrified about getting robbed anytime we had to get into a taxi. I’m hankering to get back down to South America to explore Argentina!

Rhonda Krause - November 11, 2016 - 3:39 pm

Yeah, it was a big disappointment. Our hotel had a nice pool area that looked out onto a dune, but the sand was covered in garbage. We noticed garbage is a problem in a lot of areas in Peru and Bolivia. It looks like people drive out onto the rural roads and dump their household waste. Then the dogs and other animals come and rip open the bags and before you know it- garbage everywhere!

I felt safe in the cabs in Lima. Well, from getting robbed that is, not so much when it came to the driving!

I’d love to explore Argentina too and maybe even go back to see more of Chile.

Victor - November 14, 2016 - 10:08 am

Beautiful photographs. It’s so pity there is no Pinterest share button.

Visiting the Edo-Tokyo Museum

It’s not very often that I go out of my way to visit museums when I travel, but once in a while I find one that interests me enough to pay a visit. The Edo-Tokyo Museum was one of those that caught my attention. Even though this was my second visit to Tokyo, I still […]

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Annika@457 Australia - October 10, 2016 - 11:47 pm

EDO-TOKYO Museum reminds us of how did Japanese people live long time ago. Thanks for sharing. I just realize how gorgeous their ways of living is.

The Tottori Sand Museum- Around the World in Sand

Walking into the Tottori Sand Museum I was dripping with sweat, having spent the last hour or so across the street exploring Japan’s largest sand dunes. I was eager to get into the museum not just for the cooler temperatures (although, that was a big part of it), but also because I was curious to […]

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Miriam - August 25, 2016 - 5:14 am

Incredible what they have been able to create just from sand and water! What an amazing museum!

The Tottori Sand Dunes- Enjoying Japan’s Largest Dunes

Wait a minute…I’m still in Japan, right? I scan the scenery surrounding me- it’s all sun, sand and sea. This looks nothing like what I saw on my first trip to Japan a year earlier. Where were the castles, the temples, the shrines, the forests? Instead, here I am, standing at the edge of the […]

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Climbing Mount Mitoku- The Trek to Nageiredo

Walking up a smooth, well-worn stone staircase to Sanbutsuji Temple, I instantly hoped the whole trail up Japan’s Mount Mitoku wasn’t going to be this steep. Looking back now, that was the easiest part of hiking Mitokusan. My adventurous hike (or should I say climb) up Mount Mitoku began simply enough. I met with the […]

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Mariko - August 29, 2016 - 11:21 pm

Wow, what an experience!

How to Spend 3 Days in Tottori, Japan- My Itinerary

Stretching along the Sea of Japan, in the San’in region of Western Honshu, is a coastal prefecture that’s largely untouched by foreign visitors, at least for now. But once the secret gets out, I’d expect that to change. Tottori prefecture is an ideal area of Japan to visit for people, like myself, who prefer smaller […]

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Photo of the Week: Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park

When we first arrived at Sylvan Lake, in South Dakota’s Custer State Park, I was shocked (in a good way) by its unique appearance. Rising up from the shore line, on two sides, were large rock formations so perfect looking, I almost didn’t think they were real. “This looks like something you’d see in Disneyland, […]

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Alouise - July 26, 2016 - 12:06 am

I saw Sylvan Lake and first thought you were talking about Sylvan Lake here in Alberta (I may have jus got home from work). Sylvan Lake in South Dakota looks pretty cool.

Rhonda Krause - July 28, 2016 - 3:14 pm

When we were driving around the Black Hills and I saw a sign for Sylvan Lake, I just had to go check it out to see how it compared to “our” Sylvan Lake. I think it was much more unique!

Frank - August 4, 2016 - 2:13 am

Pretty place, I always like a spot where you can climb rocks.

Frank (bbqboy)

Boat Tour of Islamorada- Visiting Bloodline Filming Locations

Islamorada was a place I wasn’t familiar with until I became hooked on the Netflix original series Bloodline. This gripping family drama and thriller is set in the Florida Keys, filmed primarily in Islamorada. The locations are such an integral part of the show, it’s like the Keys themselves are a main character. So during […]

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Nic - www.seenicwander.com - July 22, 2016 - 2:08 pm

Such a beautiful post! This is a huge inspiration to newbie travel bloggers like me! Thank you! :)

Rhonda Krause - July 24, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Glad you like it!

Frank - August 17, 2016 - 3:03 am

Interesting as I’m watching the series right now (about halfway through season 1).

Beautiful photos!

Frank (bbqboy)

Feeding Deer in Nara Park, Japan

Entering into the heart of Nara Park we are greeted by a small, friendly deer wandering freely throughout the grounds. Approaching us, the deer bows its head down, as if to say hello. “Oh, so cute! Look how she’s bowing her head,” I enthusiastically announced to Mike. “I think she’s politely asking for some deer […]

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Arpita Garg - July 21, 2016 - 10:32 am

deer is looking so cute and beautiful photos of nara park.

Exploring Nara Park- Temples, Shrines and Deer!

Our one day in Nara was spent almost exclusively at Nara Park. I usually like to explore as much of a city as possible, but there were so many sights in this one park that I didn’t even feel guilty for not branching out into Nara’s other areas. Nara Park is very large and packed […]

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Danial - July 15, 2016 - 8:44 pm

Looks like you had a great time there! I’ve never had contact with tame deers before so the deer feeding experience would be great.

Rhonda Krause - July 18, 2016 - 2:02 pm

Oh yes, it was really fun to get to interact with the deer. Back home in Canada that would be a big no-no!

Frank - July 21, 2016 - 2:01 am

Really beautiful and I love the deer. We’re going to Japan in November and I’d love to see this place.
Question: did you stay overnight and did you do a day trip from Kyoto?

Frank (bbqboy)

Frank - July 21, 2016 - 2:02 am

I meant “OR did you do a day trip from Kyota?”

Rhonda Krause - July 21, 2016 - 11:19 am

We stayed 2 nights in Nara. One day we explored Nara Park and the second day we did a day trip to Yoshino. I’m so excited for you to visit Japan!