Great Eats in Ubud, Bali

Great Eats in Ubud, Bali

Sandra has captured a good slice of Ubud in her lovely photos, while taking you on a culinary journey through town. Although some of the restaurants are a bit above our daily budget (we try to eat in Bali for about five bucks each per meal ), she has located some...
First Motorbike Ride in the Crazy Traffic of Ubud Bali

First Motorbike Ride in the Crazy Traffic of Ubud Bali

Having never traveled in Bali, I was unprepared for the amount of traffic in Ubud, one of the larger cities. The narrow streets are crammed with cars, trucks, and motorbikes of all sizes and description. No one pays much attention to traffic laws and they park in...
Visitors to Cambodia Documenting Amazing Art Program

Visitors to Cambodia Documenting Amazing Art Program

This post from Alissa and Dan at This World Rocks describes a school they visited in Cambodia that really touched my artist’s heart! Read about the man who was an orphan himself and now helps the kids at his school to become artists, sell their paintings and go...
A Few Purchases To Feel At Home While House sitting

A Few Purchases To Feel At Home While House sitting

I read a lot of other people’s travel blogs. Many are youngish backpackers and a few have cleverly posted lists and photos of the things they pack, like Dan and Alissa at  thisworldrocks. As long term house sitters in Australia, we had to pack for three seasons...
Cordial, My New Favorite Beverage

Cordial, My New Favorite Beverage

When we first arrived here in Oz I learned that there is a local beverage that they call cordial (that is pronounced cor-dee-yal), though our English transplants friends call it “squash”. This all rolling out of a conversation about “pumpkin”,...
Feeding the Little Joeys at Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary

Feeding the Little Joeys at Uralla Wildlife Sanctuary

Shortly after we arrived in Kendenup, we learned that there was a wildlife sanctuary in the area. At a community market, we met some of the volunteers who were walking around with little joeys in pouches made of soft fabric and old T-shirts. We attempted to attend...
A Guide to Bacon Styles In the US, Australia and the UK

A Guide to Bacon Styles In the US, Australia and the UK

Traveling quickly teaches us that in other countries familiar foods often have unfamiliar names and are available in unfamiliar forms. In this post from the Paupered Chef, we learn of the different styles bacon can be purchased in English speaking countries and how to...
Ubud the Expat Way: 5 Awesome Experiences Without a Tour Bus

Ubud the Expat Way: 5 Awesome Experiences Without a Tour Bus

This article from This World Rocks presents the many reasons that Ubud is the cultural capital of Bali and highlights activities that visitors can enjoy on their own. It provides tips on the best places to learn yoga, eat organic, and much more. Read the entire...
Australians Love Their Tea with Bickies and Coffee Too

Australians Love Their Tea with Bickies and Coffee Too

Since I knew that Australia was originally settled by the British, I assumed that they drank tea there. I have enjoyed a cup of tea with breakfast for many years, so I was looking forward to travelling to Oz and the fun of learning what kind of tea they drink and how...
Trials On The Art Trails- in Western Australia

Trials On The Art Trails- in Western Australia

It has been fun attending the Plantagenet Pottery Group, here in the local shire. (Shire is like a county, American folks). I was fortunate to arrive in time to catch the tail end of people making sculptures for the annual art trails exhibition and was encouraged to...
Australia Wild: The Untimely Death of a Bobtail Lizard

Australia Wild: The Untimely Death of a Bobtail Lizard

When Laurie heard Chienne barking and went to investigate she came upon a frightening sight. The little terrier was face to face with a lizard that belonged in the reptile house of some zoo. At least sixteen inches long with a fat, heavy body and a purple mouth, the...
Learning to Speak Australian

Learning to Speak Australian

One of our decisions regarding house sitting was to start with English speaking countries until we were more comfortable with the process of moving about the world. We did want to see the world though, so Australia was a great choice for a house sit. Now that we are...
Long Road to Oz

Long Road to Oz

We have had a busy month full of changes and too much for one post, but I will do a recap of our travels for those who want to read a lot. Then get more into what it is like here, in Kendenup, in the next post. We left Boston, after a quick visit to Portland, Maine,...
Tourist or Resident? Housesitter…uh huh, uh huh!

Tourist or Resident? Housesitter…uh huh, uh huh!

I took a break from writing while playing tourist, using our City Pass to visit sites in and around Toronto. The pass is good for 9 days, so we had to cram it all in, even with our leasurely two months of time here! As we visited the big ciy, at first I was pretty...
Serene Beauty of Humber Arboretum

Serene Beauty of Humber Arboretum

Expecting the climate in late spring in Ontario to be mild with occassional rain, Laurie and I have been surprised by the extremes in weather here. We have had everything from sunny cool days to cloudy, hot, humid ones and plenty of rain. The forecast often calls for...
I Am In A Foreign Country!

I Am In A Foreign Country!

This weekend is the unofficial beginning of spring in Canada because tomorrow is Victoria Day, and this weekend Canadians tend to head for “cottage country” to begin the summer parties and outdoor play. Last week the neighbor called to warn us the liquor...
Time Traveling to Massachusetts

Time Traveling to Massachusetts

Leaving Portland on Saturday was exciting in many ways. It was time to begin our journey. And, though the first house sit would be for family, we were on our way to becoming intrepid vagabonds.   There is not much to tell about the six day drive across America....
Traveling from Santa Rosa CA to Portland OR

Traveling from Santa Rosa CA to Portland OR

As I sit in Ontario Canada on a bit of a grey day, it seems a good time to get started sharing about this experience. I am choosing to start with the travel. The history of the decision to do this is vast and will fill in on other sections of our blog as time allows....
Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Finally settled into our family home base in Holliston, MA. Neil’s dad is comfortably set up in the downstairs apartment they created for him just six weeks ago. We arrived a few days ago from Santa Rosa, CA with a short detour to Portland, Oregon to see our...
First stop, Portland OR

First stop, Portland OR

left our grown up kids in Portland, after a nice three days. Tonight we are headed for bed in Boise, Idaho. Next stop, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Read Next Lost and Found → Liked this post? Please share...

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