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Rio de Janeiro, On Our Way to World Cup 2014

We are watching the World Cup Final in 2010 at a dive bar in the Lower East Side when Whitney and I begin scrolling through the list of countries that would be hosting the next few World Cups. Brazil is at the top of the list as we look at each other and nod in agreement. It’s decided...we are...

Kangaroos, Koalas and a Birthday at the Beach

After a few rainy days in Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island, we flew down to Brisbane to meet up with our good friend Prue. We had a short stay in this town, but checked off a couple of the top things to do. First of all, Australia is obviously known for their Kangaroos and Koalas. We had already seen...

Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef: Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach

We leave Sydney, Australia with the sun shining as we board a Jetstar flight on our way to the Whitsunday Islands. We planned to make a trip to the Great Barrier Reef on our tour of Australia and we were told that Hamilton Island and Airlie beach will give us access without heading any further up the coast as our time...

When the Seed Was Planted

A little more than fifteen years ago Mom calls me into the kitchen and says, “Mawmaw wants to take you and Chris on a trip to Europe.” It was early springtime and I wasn’t even thinking about the summer.  I was just about to turn 15 years old and the most planning I did was…actually I don’t really remember planning...