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Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 September, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 September, 2017

Good morning Labor Weekend looms large on our horizon, the end of summer, and apparently also, one week into this year’s hurricane season.  I do hope if you are in TX, or if you have friends/family in TX, that you are okay and have managed to endure this week’s challenges. We had another couple join […]

How Close to Expiry Does Your Passport Remain Valid?

How Close to Expiry Does Your Passport Remain Valid?

Don’t you find it frustrating to have a theoretically valid and unexpired passport, but to be told by airlines and potentially by foreign countries that you can’t use your passport if it is due to expire maybe as much as six months after you’ve finished your travels.  Perhaps you’re traveling for 3 or 4 weeks, […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 25 August, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 25 August, 2017

Good morning Did you see the eclipse?  If you did, I hope you weren’t as underwhelmed as I was – we had a 94% occlusion here in the Seattle area, and my daughter and I went to watch it in a local park.  A 94% occlusion actually meant almost no detectable change in levels of […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 August, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 August, 2017

Good morning The searing heat of midsummer seems to be softening, and the traditional end of summer – Labor Day – is just around the corner.  How quickly the summer passed, although for sure, my garden is gasping for water. We had another two people join next year’s Grand Expedition of Great Britain this week.  […]

How Noise Can Make Your Hotel Room Quieter

How Noise Can Make Your Hotel Room Quieter

It can sometimes be hard to sleep in a hotel room (or anywhere else for that matter).  The stress of changing time zones, unfamiliar surroundings, and unexpected sounds and noises, all aggravated by sometimes the urgent need to sleep due to your alarm set for too early the next morning, can see you unable to […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 August, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 August, 2017

Good morning I hope your summer is proving as wonderful as mine is here.  At times like this, it is hard to think of living anywhere else in the world, but think about it, I did, after noting an article on Forbes suggesting I could quit my job and live in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for […]

Can You Really "Live Abroad So Cheaply You Might Not Need to Work"

Can You Really “Live Abroad So Cheaply You Might Not Need to Work”

A recent article in Forbes Online had the appealing headline “Quit Your Job And Live Abroad: 8 Places So Cheap You Might Not Need To Work“.  What’s not to like about that (although the web article is one of those ultra-annoying click-bait type articles that results in endless clicks onto new pages, each with minimal […]

How to Shoot Sharper Pictures with a Monopod

How to Shoot Sharper Pictures with a Monopod

A regular tripod is a wonderful tool that professional photographers are seldom seen without.  But they are also cumbersome and take up space and weight in your suitcase, and during your days traveling around, they are another bulky item to have with you all the time. Talking about time, when you choose to use a […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 4 August, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 4 August, 2017

Good morning We’re having a ‘heat wave’ here in the Seattle area, with temperatures in the mid-90s.  That’s a problem for two-thirds of the population – the two-thirds who don’t have a/c.  Making things much worse is an astonishing amount of smoke everywhere, massively reducing visibility, and threatening the practicality of a Blue Angels display […]

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