Tag Archives: Couchsurfing

We Made it to the Mainland!

Our time in Hong Kong was lots of fun and a great introduction for the girls to China. But nothing prepared us for the mainland! We belong to a Facebook group of travellers that share tips with each other and we learned that it was

Hanoi Happenings

Meeting new friends is a great way to get to know the local culture….so while in Hanoi, we reached out to a lovely Couchsurfing family and made arrangements to meet up with each other. Hong lives in the “suburbs” of Hanoi with her husband Huy, mother Minh

A Fond Farewell to India

A virtual assault on the senses, India has been an interesting, incredible, and incomparable experience for all of us. From the moment we landed in New Delhi, we had the stark realization that we were in a land like no other. For the past 46

A warm welcome to India!

After an awesome time in Zanzibar, it was time to head out on our next adventure … India! We had a bit of an adventure just getting to our first stop, New Delhi!  We got up bright and early at our hotel in Stone Town,

Surfing in Israel

Initially, we were a bit nervous to come to Israel as there were a number of reports on the problems between the various nationalities.  We weren’t sure if we should bring the kids to an area with so many problems that involve violence.  But given

Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit….

 “O’zapft is, (It is tapped!)” the Lord Mayor of Munich cries as he taps the first keg of beer and officially starts Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a popular festival that takes place in Munich, Germany. It was started to celebrate the wedding of King Ludwig I and

Part 1 – The Amazing Flower Parade

Having spent a few ‘intense’ days visiting the Canadian War sites through Normandy and Belgium, we were ready for our next cultural experience – participating in an annual flower parade in Loenhout, Belgium.  This has been a tradition since 1952, and what started out as

Another Surfing Success!

Amidst our WWI and WWII explorations, we came to meet another wonderful family through Couchsurfing.  The De Vuyst family were a super energetic group of 5 who had just recently returned from their own amazing travel experience in New York City and California. The family took

Paris with Friends!

Paris is an amazing city and we have really enjoyed our time there…in fact, one week was too short to see so many sights and try so many new things. It’s even better when you have friends to show you the way and introduce you

Paris – The City of Lights!

We arrived in Paris, the city of Lights, late at night at the Gare Du Nord. We rented a 2 bedroom flat in the 11th arrondissement – the Bastille District through VRBO. It was in a residential neighbourhood, so we quickly felt less touristy and part of

It’s the People that you Meet!

While in the UK, we have been staying in Travelodge hotels as needed. They are similar to our Travelodges at home – clean and safe – but not a lot of frills. Some days, we tour, tour, tour and then simply fall asleep in our