Animals, Asia/Indonesia, Chiang Mai, Cliffs of Moher, Dogs, Elephant Nature Park, England, France, friends, hoi an, vietnam, House Sitting Pets, house/pet sitting, living like a local, Living Like Locals, long-stay travel, Senior Travel, Travel

Who Said John Wouldn’t Enjoy This Journey?

From the very beginning of our traveling adventure, many of our friends and followers wondered “How is John about this?” Close friends thought, and some actually said, “he’ll be back in six months”.  This public display of skepticism is my fault.  On many occasions (more than I care to admit) you would hear me say… Continue reading Who Said John Wouldn’t Enjoy This Journey?

Adventure Travel, Animals, Asia/Indonesia, Chiang Mai, Elephant Nature Park, Elephants, living like a local, Thailand

Elephants Score 20+ on a scale of 1-10

Hello everyone. This is John and this is my take on our recent week-long experience at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It would not be an exaggeration to say that every person we know had their doubts about me attending this Elephant Sanctuary. To give it some perspective, this is an adult… Continue reading Elephants Score 20+ on a scale of 1-10

Asia/Indonesia, cooking classes, food diplomacy, hoi an, vietnam, living like a local, vietnam

Hoi An’s Big Ah HA — Vietnamese Cooking Class About More Than Food

In case you haven't noticed, food is a vital part of our travel itinerary. We spend a great deal of time shopping for it, buying it, preparing it, cooking it, tasting it, photographing and videoing it, commenting on it, sharing it with others, pairing it with beer, wine or any other beverage and generally enjoying… Continue reading Hoi An’s Big Ah HA — Vietnamese Cooking Class About More Than Food

Airbnb Experiences, Asia/Indonesia, hoi an, vietnam, rice, rice fields, Tet, vietnam, Walking Tours

Hoi An Vietnam, Walking with Harry

As is our custom, day 1 in a new place usually means we arrange a walking tour. In many places, just Google "Free Walking Tour" and you'll find a marvelous adventure. Our first day in Hoi An, Vietnam we took a walking tour with Harry Vu, a local tourism pro, yoga instructor, and the most… Continue reading Hoi An Vietnam, Walking with Harry

Asia/Indonesia, Jatiluwih, rice, rice fields, Ubud, Bali, Unesco protected rice fields

Bali and Appreciating Rice

We recently discovered that RICE, does not mean RICE. It is not just food, nutrition, health, white, brown, red or black. In Bali, and now to Bev and me, RICE means a whole lot more. Even before arriving in Bali we had read about the terraced rice fields at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and… Continue reading Bali and Appreciating Rice

Animals, Asia/Indonesia, Food and Drink, food diplomacy, Health and Wellness, Local Cuisine, Luwak, Meditation, Monkeys, Ubud, Bali

Monkeys & Luwaks: Two Joys of Ubud, Bali

There are so many things to see, do, marvel at and about, and ponder in Ubud, Bali that it is difficult to know where to begin to write about the experience. A mentor used to advise me to "just begin, my friend, one word at a time!" Monkeys Here is what we know , or… Continue reading Monkeys & Luwaks: Two Joys of Ubud, Bali

Airbnb Experiences, Asia/Indonesia, Food and Drink, Health and Wellness, house/pet sitting, Ubud, Bali

Hello Ubud, Let the Yoga Begin!

This is John. It is 7:09 PM in Ubud, Bali, quickly nearing the end of day two. Thus far, we are having loads of fun. By the way, it is Saturday evening, not Friday as it is where most of you live. Being this far east is like living in the future. We dedicated this… Continue reading Hello Ubud, Let the Yoga Begin!