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Expenses: Asia, NZ, South America

Posted by on May 11, 2009 in Argentina, Asia, Australasia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Easter Island, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, South America | 1 comment

Expenses: Asia, NZ, South America

Well, we are back in Canada! Can you believe that a year went by so fast? I certainly can’t. Over the next week or two we are going to have a series of posts with lots of statistics about our trip – including the $64,000 question. This post is the third of three posts about daily costs around the world. This post includes: Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and several countries in South America. It doesn’t include Australia because of the nature of the family vacation we took there. If you need some help understanding this post, please see my Expenses: Europe and the...

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Welcome to Cool Japan

Posted by on Feb 17, 2009 in Asia, Japan | 7 comments

Welcome to Cool Japan

Japan. Everyone thinks they know a thing or two about the Land of the Rising Sun. Be it through an unhealthy obsession with ninjas, playing Super Mario Brothers 3, driving a Toyota, or taking a picture with your Sony camera, we’ve all come in contact with Japan in some fashion. So, before we begin, I wanted to clear a few things up and address some of your preconceptions. First, no, I’m sorry, you can’t see ninjas running all over the place, throwing their ninja stars and flying through the air and whatnot. That is ridiculous. Ninjas are far too agile and sneaky to be...

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… and I said yes!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2009 in Asia, Hong Kong | 6 comments

… and I said yes!

As many of you know, it was in Hong Kong where Jon and I started dating. It was from Hong Kong that we took our first trip together. It was when Jon was leaving Hong Kong that we decided that it would be worth it to spend the next six months in an extremely long distance relationship (I was travelling around the world and wouldn’t make it back to Canada at all in that time). And now we can add one more to the list – it was in Hong Kong when Jon asked me to marry him… and I said yes! On our last day of our five day stopover in Hong Kong I woke up oblivious to even the idea...

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African vs. Japanese Infrastructure

Posted by on Jan 9, 2009 in Africa, Japan | 2 comments

African vs. Japanese Infrastructure

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “infrastructure” as “the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.“ Buildings In Africa buildings are often made of mud and cow dung or random peices of plywood. Some older style houses are made of leaves: In Japan buildings look like this: Roads/Rail In Africa it sometimes takes 2 days to cover 220 km, in Japan you will get there in 2 hours on the road or a Shinkansen train can get you there even...

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