We’re back in Prague, the city where we started off our full-time travels back in 2014. We’ll be here a month but not for fun stuff – Prague is where we get our yearly medical/dental checkups. Still, we love Prague and never get bored (we’ve been here 7 times and have spent a combined 6 months).
We really enjoyed our last 2 months in Ukraine and will be back. The photo up top was taken at the Canadian Embassy in Kiev. A lot of people liked our post on Lviv, including the Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine (Roman Waschuk. That’s him up there). Next thing we knew we were being invited to a party at the embassy. It was almost like being back in Canada and I took advantage to drink some Labatt Blue, purely out of nostalgia. It’s still one of the worst beers in the world.
Below: I think I should be a spokesman for Labatt Blue. “Labatt Blue. Still one of the worst beers in the world”.
Speaking of nostalgia and Canadian patriotism, anyone remember this ad?
A gem overheard by Lissette at the Embassy party. A man, making an excuse to the woman he’s standing next to: “I have a photographic memory. I just can’t remember right now”. Ok….
Above: we loved the sign above the beer fridge at the Embassy. Nice Canadian touch.
The beings formerly known as Bbqboy and Spanky…
We were at the airport yesterday and I was reading the News online when I saw that Kanye West is changing his name to Ye. His official tweet “the being formerly known as Kanye West. I am YE”.
Which made us rethink our nicknames. Maybe we need something that captures the essence of “us” in one word. Spanky wants to change hers to “shitalot”. I want to change Bbqboy to “talkshitalot”. What do you think of that? Our new header will look something like this:
Ps. I’m just kidding.
Our Travel Plans (Croatia, Mexico, Montreal, Morocco)
We had planned to fit 3 weeks to visit Georgia on this most recent trip. But we have a lot going on and couldn’t fit it in this time. But seeing how we’re planning to spend next summer in Ukraine we’re considering visiting Georgia and Armenia next fall for a more extended period. But that’s a long time away.
The next 3 months will be very busy. October will be spent together in Prague. Then November and December we travel separately. I’ll be going to a bunch of places. First is Mexico where I’ll spend 2 weeks with my mom. We’ll visit a few towns we haven’t previously visited (I’ve done a lot of travelling in Mexico, it’s one of my favorite countries. Have a look at my Mexico category if you think it’s a destination that interests you). I’ll then spend a week in Montreal. My son Benjamin graduated university and I’ll be attending his commencement. I’ll then be spending 5 weeks travelling solo in Morocco. I plan on visiting much of the country and doing some hikes and adventure activities. I’ve previously written about why people should travel solo, even if they are in a relationship. Last year my solo trip was the week I spent taking El Chepe across the Copper Canyon in Northern Mexico (amazing experience). I also had an unplanned solo trip in Sarajevo. This year it’s 5 weeks in Morocco.
While I’m doing all this Lissette will be going somewhere. Where she doesn’t know or won’t say. But she’ll be making up her mind in the next few weeks.
By the way, special thanks to Heather at Conversant Traveller. Morocco is her favorite destination (I think she’s been there 7 times now) and she’s really helped me out with my planning. Have a look at her posts on Morocco if you want to be inspired.
So for the first time I won’t be spending either Christmas or New Year’s with Lissette. But we’ll be back together in the new year and plan on a slow train trip that will take us from Budapest to Istanbul (with stops along the way). We’re then thinking of a month in both Germany and France in the spring. But again, that’s pretty far away and we tend to plan in 3 month blocks…
Below: Here’s a map of our plans for the next few months. Although it looks really professional I can assure you that I did it…
Day of the Dead
A reminder that the Day of the Dead is coming up in Mexico (on November 2nd, but there are festivities from Oct 31 to Nov 2). The best place to experience the Day of the Dead is the Pueblo Magico town of Patzcuaro. If you’re thinking of going, have a look at the discount we are offering readers of the blog at Casa Encantada.
Day of the Dead is something I’ve always wanted to experience but just can’t seem to fit in my schedule (I’m arriving in Mexico November 3rd this time around…)
Are you a full-time traveller?
Writing back and forth with another full-time travelling couple this week I got an idea for an upcoming post on other full-time travellers. Their background, why they decided to travel full-time, how they fund their lifestyles, the places they’ve been and their experiences, challenges to travelling full-time, etc, etc. I still have to figure out the format. If you, as a reader, have questions you’d like answered please comment below. It’ll help determine the format. If you’re a full-time traveller let me know, I might want to include you in that post.
Readers will notice that we’re starting to include some affiliate links in our posts, the reason being that Spanky is demanding a bit of return from this bottomless pit of time and energy that I call a blog. But for readers those affiliate links don’t change anything – in fact they add value to those looking to book a hotel, rent a car, or reserve a tour. They’re all companies that we use ourselves.
So if you enjoy this blog please consider using these links when booking your next hotel, car rental or tour. We get a small commission out of it, it doesn’t cost you a cent, and it keeps Spanky happy. When Spanky is happy I’m happy and I write all this free content. When she isn’t happy I hide somewhere and I don’t write.
Booking.com for booking hotel stays. Some people also use it to book apartments (something we have to look into as well. Watch out Airbnb!).
Rentalcars.com for car rental. We don’t rent cars very often but some places (like Croatia and South Africa) you can’t do without. Some of our best adventures have actually been road trips where I’ve rented a car (like our South Africa road trip).
GetyourGuide.com for tours. Sometimes you HAVE to pre-book a tour. When we were in Krakow for example we missed out on the Wieliczka Salt Mine because they had no openings that week. We usually like to wing things, but if there is something we really want to see we’ll pre-book.
You might not be planning a trip anytime soon but if you keep us in mind for the next time it would be greatly appreciated.
Ok, that’s our update. Thanks for reading!
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