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round the world travel

Looking Back on a Year of Unforgettable Memories

Spending a year traveling the world has been the most incredible experience.  It's been an educational, eye-opening, and life-changing adventure we never could have imagined.  We are beyond grateful for being able to experience and learn as much as we did in one year - meeting with family and...
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Spending Thanksgiving in Selcuk, Turkey

Our Turkey adventure continues west to the city of Selçuk we stayed at an AirBnB just steps from St. John's Basilica and even had a view of the Temple of Artemis. We were most excited about visiting Ephesus located just 3 kilometers from Selçuk where centuries ago, the Greeks settled at this...
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Visiting the Pools of Pamukkale – Denizli, Turkey

After a long day exploring Göreme on the Green Tour, we checked out of our hotel to head to our next intended major site on our list of places to visit - Pamukkale.  From Cappadocia, the only transportation available are overnight buses (no direct flights or trains), so we were in for a long 9+ hour...
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The Cappadocia Green Tour – Turkey

A great way to explore a lot of Cappadocia in a short amount of time is by taking one of the organized tours that are offered.  The tours at Cappadocia are color based - Red, Green, Blue, or Orange. We decided to go with the Green Tour which encompasses Göreme Panorama, The Underground City...
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Exploring the historical sights of Göreme, Turkey

After checking off touring cappadocia from a hot air balloon off our bucket list, we had the rest of the day to explore the rest of Göreme and what it had to offer.   The most well known "attraction" after hot air ballooning is the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Open Air Museum that once...
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Breathtaking Cappadocia from a Hot Air Balloon

After the madness of Morocco, we were headed to our next country - Turkey! We had a stopover in Geneva, Switzerland where Minh looked at the backside of a posted dial clock (looking at the hands backwards) at the airport and thought we were going to miss our connecting...
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Foods to try in Morocco

Food in Morocco is plentiful and you'll never go hungry. When visiting Marrakesh make sure to check out some of the following:   Tagine Tagine is the most popular dish in Morocco. Cooked in a conical shaped ceramic dish, it can include many ingredients such as chicken, lamb, or beef,...
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The Seaside Town of Essaouira, Morocco

Located on the western coast of Morocco lies the seaside town of Essaouira. The town makes for a great day trip from Marrakesh as the atmosphere of the place is a mix between North African and Mediterranean. With a much more laid back and calm environment compared to the Medina in Marrakesh, it was...
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Must-Do in Morocco – 3 Day Desert Trek

When going to Morocco, a MUST do is going on a desert trek. You’ll find that there are numerous companies selling tours within the Medina in Marrakesh. They all practically have the same itinerary, but the quality of the van, driver, and guides are what differ between the tours. Minh and I had read...
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Getting our PADI Advanced Open Water Diving Certification in Bali, Indonesia

After getting our PADI Open Water diving certification in Koh Tao, Tiff enjoyed it so much, she wanted to continue to pursue getting the Advanced certification. One of the greatest benefits of the Advanced Open Water certification is that you can dive deeper - up to 30 meters. It is great for wreck...
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