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Jude receives a blessing from a nun in Cambodia

Our second guest post for FamiliesGo! is called Siem Reap with a Toddler: Beyond the Temples. Even after ten nights in Siem Reap, we had trouble saying good-bye.  Cambodia is a beautiful country with lovely, friendly, and welcoming people.  We encourage everyone to visit, and hope this post helps with some of the logistics, especially if you’re bringing a child.  If you enjoy the post or find it helpful, please “like” or tweet it.  Thank you!

 

We were delighted when FamiliesGo! asked us to write a guest post, and jumped on the opportunity to write about one of our favorite places: Cambodia.  The first of our two posts is called Angkor Management: Touring Angkor Wat With a Toddler.  We hope it encourages other parents to bring their kids to Angkor Wat and the beautiful surrounding Temples of Angkor.  If you enjoy the post or find it helpful, please “like” or tweet it.  FamiliesGo! is a great resource for families who love to travel and explore!

 

After two months in South-East Asia we reached at least one inexorable truth: street food is a really good bet. Continue reading »

 

Just outside Binh Tay Market

Ducking low-hanging baskets and dodging rushing men pushing carts overflowing with wholesale goods, a multitude of smells and stenches came at us from every direction; merchants barked sale orders over SIM-card fuelled cellphones; and the bright colors of a wide array of products for sale leaped out from their dimly-lit stalls. Continue reading »

 

Jude and Mickey Mouse at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

One of the many pleasures of Hanoi is waking up at 5 a.m., walking (or running) to Hoan Kiem Lake, and seeing the city come alive—with hundreds of people of all ages, but more in the 60-80 year-old range, exercising together.  (The average age seems to drop later in the morning, with more people in their 20s and 30s exercising by 6:30 or so.)  Seeing so many people come together before dawn to move around and stay healthy and limber is an incredible and inspiring sight. Continue reading »

 

To get all the juice from a lime without any seeds, make three cuts as in the picture above. This gives you three equal squeezes, with leftover juice in the middle if you need more.

What is Lao cuisine?  I arrived in Laos knowing next to nothing about it, and was eager to learn more.  As a first step, I signed up for a one-day cooking school in Luang Prabang, highly regarded and once visited by Gourmet’s Ruth Reichl for her television series. Continue reading »

 

Patrick and Jude at Chaweng Noi beach

“See you next time when it’s drier.”  That was the message we received from Poom, a Bangkok resident and family friend who had graciously agreed to host us, gently telling us that—in the face of Bangkok’s “worst floods in fifty years”—it probably wasn’t the best time to come for a visit. Continue reading »

 

Jude killing time at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport

We recently completed 22.5 hours of door-to-door travel.  This marathon featured a six-hour drive, an international red eye, a short domestic flight, and a lot of sitting around at airports.  This was not in the original itinerary, but with the flooding in Bangkok, we made some changes (more on that in a later post).  I thought I’d share some tips we’ve picked up about surviving situations like this: Continue reading »

 

We were flattered when Global Basecamps (a company that focuses on sustainable travel) recently asked us to contribute to its blog.  Here is a link to the piece we submitted (“Bathing with and without Swimsuits in Budapest’s Thermal Waters”).  As we’ve blogged, Budapest is one of our favorite cities.  The thermal bath scene there was definitely a highlight of our visit.  If you enjoy the post, please “like” or “share” it!

 

A stall at the Great Market Hall

Paprika is ubiquitous in Hungary, and comes in many different variations (certainly, many more than I’m used to seeing at home), from mild and sweet to very hot.  While visiting Budapest, we made three trips to the Great Market Hall and I spent a lot of time looking at the different kinds of paprika sold there.  I asked one vendor the difference between two types of spicy paprika she was selling, thinking it was the level of heat, and she told me instead that the peppers were grown in different areas of Hungary, each with its own unique flavor.

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