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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Phuket to Koh Samui

Phuket to Koh Samui

Well, we all know that moving day is a pain in the neck and this was one of the worst. In a moment of insanity we had decided that the way we wanted to get from Phuket, an island off the west coast, to Koh Samui, an island off the east coast, was by bus then ferry so we could see more of the country and, no joke, save ourselves $40. We know you are all laughing at us and…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

There are so many things unique to the areas that we have been visiting. When electricity and phone lines no longer work they just string up another line so you have crazy jumbles of mostly nonfunctional wires. With the exchange rate of 22,000 dong in Vietnam equalling $1 everyone is a millionaire! This is $200 Food glorious food! Steaming, tasty Pho, scrambled egg on rice paper cooked over a few coals on the street, Com Ga-chicken and rice, fresh spring…

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