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  • We left home today, setting off on our Big Adventure. We have 31kg of luggage in our main bags (less than we thought) and 14.5kg in our day bags (more than we thought!). Solana has carried her 1.6kg reliably all day - we might need to up her load! Currently at Manchester airport, staying in a hotel before we fly to Costa Rica tomorrow. Let the adventure begin....

  • 1) The security guys at the check points watch soccer. You can score numerous high fives for knowing details about Giroud's back kick scoring goal last weekend while waiting for your bags to either get exposed to x-ray radiation and decreased ability to reproduce or to get dumped into a red tub then wiped down with a toilet wand.

    2) Do NOT be the group of women headed for somewhere in Africa who used their carry-on luggage to transport a bunch (like 20) of greater than 100 mL bottles of perfume. The security agent will make you either throw it all away and proceed forward or they will let you go back out to the beginning and check that bag, just like the rest of freaking universe. TSA has some serious explaining to do for letting that onboard any international plane out of America. It was jaw dropping... the woman had like a Mary Poppins bag, with never ending bottles of perfume. It was quite embarrassing that an American airport let all that on an airplane. What else could sneak through?

    3) They are serious about the exact size of their clear plastic bag. Security will make you repackage in their preferred size, having to ditch your Poop-ourri Spray, your hand lotion and 4 lip glosses.

    4) Don't bring all your lip glosses on any flight, they are at risk of sudden extermination with no notice.

    5) Hot-natured ppl, don't wear a sweater and jeans, with your knee high compression socks, plus boots onto any flight over 2.5 hrs. I don't care what the travel blogs say about wearing your heavier items on the plane so they don't take up room in your carry-on. That's BS! Be comfortable cuz it's a loooong flight.

    6) A smile and manners goes far in making those around you enjoyable to be around.

    Thank you, that is all for now...

    ~hj
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  • So I was in Gloucestershire today attending training and the day after tomorrow I'm due in Wrexham to deliver training so I'm meandering my way oop north and stopping in Shrewsbury to catch up with the lovely Emily tomorrow.

    Edit: it's now tomorrow. Done work today, now having an evening of yoga + steak combo. The best. Maybe even a G+T, who knows. Staying here another night seeing as we're so close to Wrexham so I can leave in the morning.Read more

  • Our first full day in Prague, it was recommended to us by an American at our hostel breakfast to do the free walking tour of Old Town. If any of you know my traveling style it is first and foremost to do the walking and/or bus tour to get a broad overview of the history, points of interests, and must-sees of whatever town you are visiting, so this was right up my alley. We bundled up cuz it's snowing weather and took off in search of tour guides. Since neither Fatin or I know Czech, nor do we really know what is considered "Old Town", it was quite funny trying to navigate the streets via the map app on my phone, trying to figure out where and what we were doing. We loved wandering around though and came across some amazing mixes of Baroque styled architecture, a bit of Art Nouveau, and some Medieval gates thrown in there for good measure. And we found our tour guide...Pistis was his name, the Israeli-now-Prague-resident.

    Pistis had a great story. He was living and working in the UK, then met a girl from Prague he really liked. He came to visit her one weekend in Prague, but it was turned out to be awful. They couldn't communicate very well, it was awkward, he had a dreadful time, so he was happy to be back on a plane headed home to the UK. Oh, but wait! When he landed in London, the airport security detained him, questioned him, wanted to know why an Israeli was coming to the UK from Prague, etc., etc. They kept him overnight, by which in the morning they decided his work visa was no longer valid and they sent him back to Prague. He's been in Prague ever since for the past four years and it has become a city he loves. He passes his passion and love for Prague on to the tourists he meets everyday as he gives his tours.

    Pistis says Prague is magic and I am quite inclined to believe him. The name means "doorway" and maybe this place is a doorway, into another place or time or world. Who knows! I will tell you it is a lovely city, safe, clean and beautiful. There is a rich history here that many do not know, but I can guarantee once you find out, you'll see how it's connected to your history somehow.
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  • Attending training here (Community Circles) and turns out the village is very pretty and has lots of stuff to see. Sadly not possible today but going to come back for a visit at a later date.

  • Mein alljährlicher Besuch einer Ballettstunde in UK war diesmal sehr, sehr kalt. Wieso ist mir das früher nie aufgefallen, dass der Raum unglaublich schlecht isoliert ist? Ich saß wie eine Zwiebel mit 6 Schichten (Top, T-Shirt, Pullover, Strickjacke, Fleece und Jacke) und 4 Paar Socken (Schuhe sind nicht erlaubt) auf meinem Zuschauerstuhl. ;)

You might also know this place by the following names:

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