DANCING PANDAS

Journaling The Journey

Perfect Week in Chiang Mai

It is easy to understand why so many people come to Chiang Mai for a few days and end up coming back to spend a lot more time here or even relocate to this super progressive, artsy, foodie city set near gorgeous lush mountains. The city is quite large and diverse. There are many fun […]

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My Vegan Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a place of dreams.  I had heard amazing things about this city and was so excited to find out that they were all true. Travelling through new places can be taxing on a plant based diet. Using Google Translate to explain my vegan preferences leaves most people on the receiving end with […]

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Hong Kong – Country Parks

It has become a bit of a tradition for us to land in Hong Kong at the beginning of a given year. Flying in on Cathay Pacific business (50K points each from Toronto), we stayed our first night at the Hong Kong Sky City Marriott Hotel (which is right at the airport). The hotel was […]

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4 days in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv was our last stop of our 2.5 month Middle Eastern tour. We wanted to save the best for last and that we did. Tel Aviv is considered one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, this colorful and fun […]

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Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee

Travelling through Israel we often found ourselves near many Bible Tour Buses – mostly Christians finding holy places from the New Testament. As I have mentioned in previous posts, we are not very religious people – we identify as spiritual people who believe in the “live and let live” philosophy of life. With that said, […]

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Israel North Coast Itinerary

Our itinerary explores the north coast of Israel which is north of Tel Aviv.  These destinations offer breathtaking beauty, pristine nature and some of the most stunning views.  It had been many years since I visited these parts.  Read on to find out how this coastline has changed and evolved.  

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Bethlehem – a day trip from Jerusalem

We were excited to go on a short day trip to Bethlehem from Jerusalem and surprisingly  it was quite straight forward.  We caught bus #21 from the bus terminal across from the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.  Since the bus is operated by a  Palestinian company there isn’t a clear schedule, but it runs quite frequently […]

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Jerusalem – the city of gods – even if you don’t have one

As our bus, from Jordan arrived at the Damascus Gate we were so excited to walk through the Old City.  With all of our exuberance we quickly realized that it would be best to drop our backpacks prior to venturing into the tight corners of the crowded cobble stoned Old Jerusalem.  Check in Jerusalem was […]

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