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How To Make Authentic Paella Valenciana

Despite the fact that we are still in the throes of apartment hunting in Valencia, we have made sure to sample the fine dining that the city has to offer. In addition to Spanish tapas and great wine, we have also been fortunate to find one of the most amazing places...

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3 Stupid Reasons Why Flat Hunting In Spain Sucks!

I feel better now for putting it out there. Trying to find an apartment in Spain is a lesson in frustration. It seems like everything is set up for failure. You'd think this would get easier since it's not our first time, but nope! I was having a discussion with...

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Favorite Yummy Nigerian Snacks of All Time!

On our visit with family in Nigeria almost three months ago, I brought back some of my favorite yummy Nigerian snacks, in addition to some very hot pepper because despite what you might have heard, "spicy" Spanish food is practically non existent. At least not in the...

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Are We Leaving Free Money On The Table When Traveling?

This is a question I find myself asking a lot lately. I am not one prone to envy because luckily, there are very few things that l like that are out of my economical reach. Nonetheless, more often than not lately, I have been asking myself that very question. This...

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A Happy Blogabration As We Turn Three

Our little old blog is three years old, and we couldn't be happier. In honor of this monumental occasion, I have randomly made up the word "Blogabration" . We're actually 3 years and 1 month to be exact. It's just taken me a while to get to writing about it. In the...

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4 Reasons Why Valencia Spain Makes Us Happy

I have been dying to show you a glimpse of Valencia, Spain for a couple of weeks. From the previous post, you know we had been considering making Cullera, a suburb of Valencia our next home because of its lovely beaches. Upon visiting, we decided against it. Valencia,...

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How to spend a day in Madrid, Spain

A week in Madrid is barely enough to scratch the surface of this wonderful city, never mind a day! It is however possible to get a sense of its magnificence in  24 hours or less. Madrid is one of our favorite places in Spain, and we have had the good fortune to visit...
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Delightful Copenhagen Visit – What to do and see

Prior to visiting this pretty as a picture city, l would have never considered using the word delightful to describe Copenhagen. I was convinced l would feel about the city the same way l feel about Amsterdam, a place that certainly did not warm the cockles of my...
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Fathom Cruise – why you should #traveldeep

Fathom Cruise to the Dominican Republic - Our trip was aboard the Adonia. It was a very enlightening and fun voyage. It was a chance to see another side of the country that most tourists never get to see. It was also a chance to meet new people and do some good, no...
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Six Impressive Miami Florida Highlights

If someone had told me l would like another place in America as much as l like Los Angeles, l would have laughed. "Not possible" would have been my answer. I would have had to eat my words though as we both really, really liked Miami. We had never been, so it seemed...
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Emotional Visit to the Apartheid Museum

On our recent visit to Johannesburg, I had some reservation about seeing the Apartheid Museum. I knew it would be hard, emotional and might make me angry. We were enjoying the city as a whole and thought this might just drag us down enough to reverse our original...
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How Successful Was Our Big 5 African Safari?

One of the experiences we were looking forward to on our recent trip to Johannesburg in South Africa was a chance to see animals up close and personal in their natural habitat. That of course meant a safari! Due to a lack of time, we were not able to do a really long...
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Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

A visit to Kyoto, Japan would be incomplete without visiting the very colorful Fushimi Inari, located in the South East area of Kyoto. Over the years, this shrine has become a must visit destination not just for the Japanese (the shrine is featured in some popular...
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Top Pet Peeves with Travel Bloggers

This is a post that's been a long time coming. I finally got to the point of wanting to get it off my chest. The boiling point came about during a discussion with another blogger who is temporarily residing in Seville, Frank and his wife Lissette of BBQboy blog.  We...
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Stockholm Sweden Surprises you in every way

I think from now on, l will continue to keep my expectations low or non-existent with regards to new places that we visit. It has served me well with Copenhagen among other places.  I am pretty sure that expecting too much made me feel kind of blah about Amsterdam, a...
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Quit your job, sell your stuff and be a digital nomad? NO. Not Yet!

I wrote this post about 6 weeks ago, shortly after l had attended my first conference. It has been taken me this long to decide to publish it because l know it will ruffle some feathers. You know what though? C'est la vie! I have been blogging for about a year and a...
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Bologna Italy: Rough guide to the Red, Fat & Wise

Bologna, Italy. The name alone conjures up visions of rich food and gorgeous medieval architecture. The largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy had long been on my list of places to see, even more so because Federico talked so fondly of it. I got...
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How to save money on a Maldives vacation

As l trumpeted on the last blog post, we were in the Maldives for a week recently. While it was the most relaxing and awesome vacation we have had in about four years, it definitely came at a big price. The Maldives can be as expensive as you want it to be :-)....
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That Was Quick! Looking Back At a Terrific Year

That was extremely quick! 2016 seems to have come and gone in a flash. It seems like just yesterday l was reflecting on 2015 and our plans for the new year. Here l am again with a wrap-up of our fun and travel filled year. We have enjoyed sharing the year with you and...
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Rare Epic Travel Fail To See Sintra Portugal

I fully admit that this epic fail is partially, if not completely my fault. First, we were traveling in August. Can you say the height of summer? Foolish l know, but l was on a high. We were at the tail end of a 31 day trip that had seen us in Madrid, Rome, Stockholm,...
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How we lost money – Our epic travel fail

This past weekend started out on such a good note. We were all set to visit the wonderful island of Palma. It was going to be a few days of rest and relaxation.  Set on a stunning mediterranean island, Palma, the resort capital of Mallorca was going to be our...
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