Where We've Been

Middle East / Africa

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness"

Mark Twain


Beirut: A Culinary Delight

Beirut is well known for its culinary delights, and we certainly were not disappointed in our visit.  From what we have heard, there are new restaurants always popping up in the Mar Mikhael district.



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Throughout our time in the city we had numerous choices for where to eat.  Each meal posed a challenge as we struggled to decide what to choose.  Ultimately, it was usually proximity that won out, since it was so cold.

We thought we’d highlight three of our favourite spots.  You should definitely check them out if you’re ever in Beirut!

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Lebanon: Photo Essay

We arrived in Lebanon during a particularly rough rain and hail storm causing flights to be grounded.  Trees were strewn across roadways, sidewalks and even through windows.  Despite the weather we ventured out and about through the city of Lebanon with a short day trip to historic Tyre and Sidon.


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Brugge, Edam + Volendam

In some ways Belgium has become a home away from home. Peter’s parents have lived here for 4 years, and we’ve managed to visit them each year that they’ve lived here; 3 of which were at Christmastime. We even had a short bout of snow this year!

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Our Top 9 Places to Visit in 2015

Travel is obviously an important part of our lives, and so we’ve put together our top 9 picks for places you should visit in 2015. We’ve been to all of these and wholeheartedly recommend them to you!

Kathmandu, Nepal


Kathmandu is buzzing with people from around the world who are in the midst of doing something amazing. Some have just returned from climbing well known mountains such as Mount Everest, others are working towards more attainable targets. The food, the people and the excitement in the air makes Kathmandu a spot for any serious traveller.

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Southern Iraq: A Few Firsts


I had never been turned around at an airport and refused boarding on a flight, until this year.  For the most part I have the sense that if I talk long enough to the people at the check-in counter they will eventually allow me to board, even if there are snags in the system.  But as Chris, a photographer friend, and I tried to board our flights to Southern Iraq this past October we tasted a very bitter airport defeat.  We tried to talk our way out of it, but ultimately we were turned away and forced to leave the airport in a taxi rather than on a plane to Iraq as we had hoped.

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His + Hers Holiday Reads

The title has a bit of double meaning. Firstly, these are great reading options for any upcoming vacation you’ve got planned. But they’re also great options for purchasing for a loved one during this holiday season! What better gift than a book?

We’ve both got reading lists that are hundreds of books long and we’re continually adding to them. As a result, we’re both usually reading something, and holidays are where we tend to really dive into reading. So we’ve put together this list of His + Hers books that we’ve enjoyed reading the most this past year. Of course, if you’re a “her” and you like a book from “his” list (and vice versa), then that’s fine too. :)


These are all quite related to travel, which is appropriate seeing as Peter read these while traveling.  It’s no secret that this is the genre he loves reading.

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The Great Railway Bazaar

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Expat Hate Culture

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We are in our third year of living as expats in Kuwait, and right from the beginning I noticed just how much other expats hate living here.  It has continually frustrated me for these past years, and it’s something that makes me want to leave a conversation as soon as I hear it starting.

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Back Home in Kuwait


The beauty about having your own blog or website is that you don’t have to apologize nor explain yourself when you disappear off the map for two months.  There are no editors banging on your door asking where the next update is, and of course in a Facebook saturated world our close friends and family have had pretty regular updates on life in Kuwait and my recent trip to Iraq.  We’ve also been pretty regular at sharing posts and images on our Facebook travel page: Eat Well, Pack Light and Travel Often.

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Machu Picchu

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Hiking to Machu Picchu is one of those things that I always figured serious travellers had to do at some point.  For years I had imagined seeing these world famous Incan ruins set upon their lofty perch.  In fact, though Alison does not remember it, I had made some serious inquiries with a travel agent in Peru 8 years ago to visit the site as part of our honeymoon.  In retrospect, hiking may not have been the best choice for our honeymoon.

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