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Amazing 12 days in South Africa

The Uber drivers were plentiful, but not always well marked.  The friendly fellow working in the median near the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg helped us find a black car.  The driver quoted us a fair price to our desired location and we all hopped in.  He took us safely to our location and advised us that we would be safe if we stayed on the main block in Maboneng Precinct.  We paid him and thanked him, and imagined how shocked our husbands would be over our lack of inhibitions!

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My Interview with Nomadic Matt – travel blogger and author of “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day”

 I am so excited to share my interview with Matt Kepnes, travel blogger and author of the New York Times best selling book “How to Travel the World on $50 a day”.

On my first solo trip to Thailand I searched the internet for ideas about what to see in Bangkok on my own and stumbled across Matt’s blog: Travel guide to Bangkok.  His informative and easy to read guide set me off on my first solo adventure in a city where very little English is spoken.  I had an amazing day and my confidence soared as I enjoyed sights and markets used city trains and boats to get around.


I started writing my blog during that trip and found it rewarding and therapeutic to share my journey about my unexpected life as a middle aged widow.  Eventually I wanted to learn more about blogging but courses aren’t available at the local Community College so I signed up for Nomadic Matt’s course called “Superstar Blogging – The Business of Travel Blogging”. It’s designed as a 10 week course so you can pace yourself and learn as you blog.  Even after the 10 weeks Matt and his team keep in touch with students via Facebook and emails and you may even get an opportunity to meet or interview one of the Travel industry experts!

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One Day in Hakone Japan

For a variety of reasons I found myself the only tourist on our tour of the Hakone Japan region today. A lovely English speaking Japanese woman escorted me on a private tour of this summer vacation area known for it’s healing hot springs and occasional views of Mount Fuji, when  not covered in clouds. 

After a hearty Japanese breakfast at the Ryokan we walked to the beginning of the gondola called the Ropeway.

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Is Vegas the City for…Kids?

The pool area erupted with squeals and cries and kids running past my lounge chair. I’m a nice lady and like kids and all but what is going on? This is Las Vegas, not Disneyworld, right?

My visit to Las Vegas was amazing. So much fun and such a diversity of entertainment.

Initially I went to Las Vegas, this time, for the SDE (staff development for educators) conference. I was honestly excited to attend several workshops on play in early education and early literacy. The conference was impressive. I had lunch and dinner with teachers from across the country.  We laughed over shared stories and challenges that face us no matter where we live.

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