KO TAO

KO TAO

Wow! Time sure does fly. We just got back from our trip to Ko Tao and are trying to find the words to describe time we spent there. We had read alot about Ko Tao before coming here. At eight square miles Ko Tao is the smallest inhabited island in the Bay of Thailand and it has only been inhabited since the late 1940s. The first settlers were fishermen and coconut farmers. Scuba divers arrived in the 70s and the…

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LAMAI

LAMAI

Because we know how complacent we can become we built two exploratory adventures into our winter here in Koh Samui. This past weekend we took our first one and tore ourselves away from our home here in Bang Por and ventured to the eastern side of the island to Lamai-unchartered territory.  We caught a Songthaew right outside out gate. These are trucks that have open air seating dropped into the bed and cost about 1/10 the cost of a cab….

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Dean Dorazio aka Carol and Kathy Rushby

Dean Dorazio aka Carol and Kathy Rushby

We reached out to Dean this past fall to help us with a few blog problems. It seems we now have a few new problems which we hope our friend Dean will be able to fix. Honestly he is not here with us in Thailand. Hopefully this will be solved by the next post. The people who wrote this post and who are enjoying themselves in Thailand are Carol and Kathy.

Back in the Thai life again!

Back in the Thai life again!

But first a quick recap of our fall- plans for three weeks in Arizona and Utah where ditched when sister Carol surprised all of us by having a heart attack and spending 5 days in the hospital followed by three months of cardiac rehab. Now we know why we buy trip insurance! So glad to say she has fully recovered and got the green light to head back to Thailand. If any of you have any questions about the sodium…

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What do you mean summer’s over ??

What do you mean summer’s over ??

Transition times can be difficult for some of us and the thought of the end of that luxurious season called summer takes a bit of getting used to. Throughout our lives summer has meant being able to spend time in the water, cooking and eating outside and touching base with family and friends. This was true while growing up in Southwick and West Springfield. As adults we spent summer time at home or pools with vacation weeks at the ocean….

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SPRINGTIME WITH THE RUSHBY’S IN:

SPRINGTIME WITH THE RUSHBY’S IN:

Maine At least once, and oftentime twice, a year we head up to visit our dear friends living in a slice of heaven. The trip up is like unwrapping layers and layers that get more beautiful as you go until you reach the gem inside. The area they live in is beautiful and they are the most fun people to be with. It’s one of those places where we want chores to do because they are so unlike chores that…

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Adventures in Andalusia

Adventures in Andalusia

Welcome back to Spain Part 2! We last left off with Carol and I traveling to Seville by train from Barcelona. I am happy to say that we made it there safely Monday afternoon, checked into our new apartment, and then went out to explore the Feria de Abril. This week long festival is possibly the largest in Seville and celebrates Spanish heritage, with the ladies dressing in classic flamenco dresses and the boys in suites.  People ride around in…

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Basking in Barcelona

Basking in Barcelona

Hola loyal followers and newcomers! This may be a little different from the normal posts because Carol’s granddaughter, Maddie, is going to be writing it instead. My grandma and I are currently riding a train through the Spanish countryside on our way from Barcelona to Seville. How did we get here you may ask? Well it all started a couple of years ago when Carol announced her plan to take her grandchildren on individual trips when they turned 16. As…

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A Day in our Sandals at Koh Samui

A Day in our Sandals at Koh Samui

Old King Sol rises at 6:30 here at Koh Samui and by 7:30 on market day we are on our way-intent on beating the heat. Out the wooden gate that is the door to our villa and take a left. Our mile long stroll has new things to discover every single time we do it. This is probably true everywhere but our senses are heightened here.  New flowers have bloomed, a water buffalo is grazing by the sidewalk, 918F53AD-DCB7-422F-97BC-DD3AD2EEEF8Froosters are…

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Religion, Living Expenses and Being Americans

Religion, Living Expenses and Being Americans

RELIGION Yesterday, after two months of drinking beer we decided to purchase some hard liquor-vodka. We had already purchased tonic water and limes and were ready to kick back with a vodka tonic at 6 p.m. Walked up to the counter to pay only to find out that it was a religious holiday-No alcohol or cigarettes could be bought. So we thought we’d talk a bit about religion and cost of living in SE Asia. There are three predominate religions…

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