alilou's Adventures in Wonderland - all over the map.

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  1. alilou

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    Your description of traffic reminds me of my time in Manila and other the Philippine cites. Not only was the traffic as insane as you describe, but traffic lights were also in short supply.
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    Yeah, same here - very few traffic lights. I was also told it's the same in Bangkok, and I imagine in cities in India too. I also forgot to mention the noise - horns constantly blaring, and loud vehicles. I've heard something about in England (I think) and some other Euro cities they've done experiments of completely doing away with all traffic rules in some areas and accidents rates have dropped by 50%! Suddenly everyone has to take care because no-one has right of way.
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  4. Aussie Willy

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    Thanks again Alilou for the blog. Great reading. Trips sounds fantastic.
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    Now there's an interesting concept. But I an hesitant to trust it, I'm already a timid driver and people are always honking at me for not being more aggressive. For example, I prefer not to be one of two cars turning left during rush hour when you end up waiting until the light turns red. I'd rather just bide my time and wait for the next light change.
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    Alilou - I'm not sure if you are Vincent's (UMBS Go Blue) list for the Skate America group purchase ticket?

    He is putting together his order for Skate America tomorrow. PM him you want to be included. Looks like most of us are going for the 'Gold' package, it's $200.

    The last post on the Skate American thread in Great Skate Debate gives the details and PM link.

    Japanfan
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    Thanks for the heads up - sent you a pm re this.

    The next installment of my blog is done

    http://alisonarmstrong.blogspot.com/

    We are back in Vancouver. I'm really tired and must try to sleep now. It was an amazing journey.
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    It's the sixth and final installment - the conclusion of our journey with more about Hanoi, and our trip to Ha Long Bay.

    http://alisonarmstrong.blogspot.com/2010/05/sixth-installment.html

    It's been a great pleasure doing this. It's reawakened my joy of writing, and I've discovered a whole new joy of photography. I only did it because some friends asked if we'd be emailing progress reports and photos. And at the "Not-at-Worlds" dinner (just 2 weeks before we left) some of the Vancouver FSUers asked if I'd be posting about our trip. Well I guess I didn't need to be asked twice :lol:

    My niece created my blog for me back in 2004. This was before I had a computer or a digital camera! I wanted to be able to send pictures of our Vancouver apartment to my sisters in Oz. And I hadn't used it since - until this trip. I even had to phone back to Vancouver to get the user name and password so I could get into it :lol:

    Anyway I'm glad it was there as it turned out to be the best way to share our adventures with everyone.

    I hope you enjoyed it.

    (BTW UMBS Go Blue - I already have SA tickets, but thanks for thinking of me. I've sent you 2 PM's (on 25 May and 30 May) so I'm wondering if PM's are not getting through to you for some reason :confused: )
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  10. Aussie Willy

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    Thanks so much for posting all these Alilou. Sounds like a great trip. Love the photos of Ha Long Bay.

    Question - do those monoliths in Ha Long Bay every fall over? They kind of remind me of the 12 Apostles and the west coast of Victoria here where the coast seems very fragile. But those ones look very secure, even with a tiny bit holding them to the base.
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    To be honest I haven't a clue, though you'd think they would eventually, even if it takes a few more hundred thousand years, as you can see on all of them where the water has eroded the base. And they are limestone which is a pretty soft rock I think.
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    Thanks so much for bringing your "adventure" alive for us.
    It was a pleasure to share it with you!
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    You're welcome. It's been so fun to do it.

    And it seems I just can't stop :lol:

    There is a new blog entry up - about Vancouver. Since I'm not travelling ATM I thought I'd write about my own city as if I'm a tourist here. It helps me see it with new eyes. And it's a great excuse to take pictures :)

    http://alisonarmstrong.blogspot.com/
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    I hike at the UBC Endowment Lands often, Alilou, and also enjoy the North Shore hikes - especially Lynn Valley.

    To anyone visiting here: there are some great walks in the rainforest here that are likely not mentioned in standard tourist guides.
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    Thanks, alilou!
    I spent one of the best vacations of my life in Vancouver.
    You reminded me of why I love/miss the city so much.
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    Yes, it's a good good city in many ways. I feel very lucky to live here.

    Japanfan, Lynn Valley's a great place to hike - we go over there now and then. Now we seem finally to be getting summer maybe we'll head over that way again soon. But first the hammock in the tree..........
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    And AC - we have window units in the bedroom and office, I tend to hide there during heat waves . . .:slinkaway
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    Vancouver is such a beautiful city. I don't how I was able to live in cities with no sea and no mountains before moving here!
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    I am on the move again :cheer2:

    Right now we're in Italy to be followed by maybe Spain later in the Fall. No specific plans past Oct 17, except to return to Vancouver Dec 6 to leave time to get visas for India, followed by a family Christmas in Montreal, then off to India in January.

    I have a new blog entry up for those who are interested, about our first week in wonderful Italy. We love it here.

    http://alisonarmstrong.blogspot.com/

    Hope you enjoy it.
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    :cheer2: I adore travel blogs! Thanks for sharing!
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    Thanks for sharing Alilou and please be very careful!
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    I'll look forward to reading your about your ongoing journey(s).
    You write so well.
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    Thanks for sharing and please be adventurous. ;)
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    Thanks for the feedback. It's always nice to know someone's reading :)

    Next to come is Cinque Terre, then Tuscany.

    Italy has been on the "bucket list" for a long time and does not disappoint.
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    Welcome to Italy!!! I hope you're enjoying your trip. Tuscany is my favourite place on earth, and I hope you'll be able to visit Siena, it's beautiful. If you need any help/question please pm me :)
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    Grazie mille pingu! We are actually in Tuscany right now, I'm just a bit behind on the blog. The next blog entry will be about our 6 days in Cinque Terre and the gorgeous Italian Riveria. And now we're staying on a farm just outside of Poggibonsi and spent the day today in San Gimignano :swoon:

    Tomorrow we're going to Siena! And the next day Orvieto, and after that we haven't decided yet. We have at least 2 weeks here in Tuscany and then maybe we'll go to Venice.

    Where are you?

    ETA: Oh I just read your location :duh: Milan
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    Enjoy Siena tomorrow!!! It's such a beautiful city, if you go there by car you can park it in one of the big parkings and the entrances of the city. You can't go by car within the walls, but this means that the whole old part of the city looks like one of the medieval age ;)
    You'll see flags hanging from the buildings, they're the flags of the contrada (uhm, it's like a part of the city) that won the last Palio (August 16th). You can climb up to the tower that is in the main square, and from there you can see the whole city and the hills around :)
    Well if you're stayig two weeks in Tuscany you could visit the region, there's Pisa, Florence, and if you go on the coast there are a lot of blue flag beaches ;) There's Orbetello in the south, it's an island linked to the coast by two streets, and if you go there by car is beautiful, there's just the street and then you see the island in front of you and the sea at the sides :swoon: Elba is the biggest island of Tuscany, unfortunately I haven't been there but it's really beautiful.
    Or you can go to Volterra, a city in the middle of the hills, the street that goes there is gorgeus, it looks like being in a movie :)
    I'm sorry if I wrote something you already knew and wrote in your blog, I haven't had time to read it so far but I will for sure!
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    We were briefly in Pisa to pick up our rental car and raced from the stazione to see the tower before we had to drive to Poggibonsi to get there before dark. But we will go back and explore the city more. And of course we will go to Florence. And we'd also heard about Volterra and it's quite close to where we are. We also want to the amazing natural hot springs in the south of Tuscany. So much to see and do here. And it's so beautiful. Thanks for the tip about parking in Siena.

    I haven't written anything about Tuscany on the blog yet.
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    A new blog post is finally ready!

    http://alisonarmstrong.blogspot.com/

    This one is about Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful places on earth, and some other places on the Italian Riviera which are also pretty stunning.

    We love Italy :cheer2:

    Next I'll write about our time in Tuscany which is also fabulous. Did I say we love Italy?
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    I'm happy you liked the Cinque Terre! I've never been there (I know, shame on me...) but I definitely want to go before this year is over.
    I knew you would have loved the food :lol: I think that's an important part of a country's culture, and it's nice to taste the typical products/dishes of a city or region. The cool thing of Italy is that you have thousands of different recipes for every region, so you can eat a lot :D
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    I try very hard not to eat a lot. So my clothes will still fit me :)
    Gelato wins every time though :D
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    That's normal :D I'm happy that the weather has been great so far, it's the perfect time of the year to visit Italy because it's not freaking hot but it's still warm...and thus you're able to eat gelato every day :rollin:
    Are you back in Tuscany now?
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    We've been in Tuscany for about 10 days. I'll write all about it in my next blog post. The blog posts are always about a week or so behind cause I'm too busy doing/seeing stuff to have time to write. I'm going to try to get the Tuscany blog written in the next few days because on the 17th we go to Venice :cheer2:

    Also the dates on the blog posts are wrong. The blog records the date I begin the draft, not the date I actually post it which is a bit confusing.

    Anyway loved/loving Tuscany - went to Volterra, Siena, Firenze, San Gimignano, Cecina (we wanted to go to the sea), and Orvieto in Umbria. Yesterday and today have been housekeeping days - doing laundry, tidying up etc. Tomorrow maybe we will head over to the Chianti region.
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    A new blog post. This one is all (and only) photographs of people.

    http://alisonarmstrong.blogspot.com/view/sidebar

    (Is my location out of date? Did Vanessa find a partner yet?)

    Also I've changed the format of the blog (which I like much better), but I've had one email from a friend saying it won't open for her now. Anyone else having trouble opening it?
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    No problems at all. Love the pictures.
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    Good to know. And thanks :)
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  37. skatesindreams

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    Ditto for me!
    Thanks, as always, for sharing.
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    alilou, your blog is wonderful! I've just spent an hour or more scrolling through pictures. Thank you so much for sharing -- and writing about your wonderful trip!
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    Thank you so much. I just love doing it, so it's always nice to get feedback that people are enjoying it :cheer2:
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    It will not open for me in IE9 but it opens just fine in Firefox. Enjoying your travels :)