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Royal Digs on the Road

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

For the first 6 weeks of the year I traveled with my mum Sam. (Yes — 6 whole weeks!) This means that I got to live the high life for a while – staying in 5-star resorts and heritage hotels, …

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Flotel Flavor

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Ever hear of a flotel? I hadn’t – so I went to check it out for a couple of days. A flotel is a raft hotel that floats on the river. Thailand’s famous River Kwai in this case.

Mom and …

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India’s Backwater Houseboats

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Kerala Houseboats, also called kettuvallam, are country boats that were used to transport goods through the state’s backwater maze of canals. As more roads were built and the barges were no longer needed, the country boats transformed into a tourist …

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My African Abodes *Video*

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Small Kalahari Hut

I’ve been in Africa for nearly 3 months now and am having quite the adventure! Even settling in for the night is a unique experience. Here’re 3 distinctly African abodes:

African Bush Tent

I was living in a tent for …

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Ethiopian Tikul Huts – LivingMini®

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

ET Countryside Hut

Tikul huts are the traditional houses found in northern Ethiopian. Still in use today, the huts are usually 2 stories, made of stone with thatched roofing. The bottom floor is used for storage and cooking, and the top floor for …

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Uncle Ho’s House – LivingMini®

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Ho Plates

I’m not sure what it says about me that I saw my dream house while visiting Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum. I mean, I came to check out the monument and ended up sketching out the design of his house. Hmmmmmm.…

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Visiting a Vietnam Rhong House – LivingMini®

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Rhong_House_InteriorRhong Houses are Vietnamese traditional community houses found throughout villages in the Central Highlands. These houses are the core of the community life, hosting guest receptions, village weddings and prayer gatherings. Rhong houses are also a reflection of the village’s …

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Filipino Nipa Huts: *Video* – LivingMini®

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

waters_outside_barracuda_lakeFilipino nipa huts, called bahay kubo in Tagalog, are native dwellings made from bamboo.
The walls are woven and the roofs are thatched with nipa leaves. Most are built on stilts and are accessed from long bamboo gangways creeping out …

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Home on Wheels: Camper Vans – LivingMini®

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Camper__CampersWhile trailing around Australia, I crossed paths with lots of camper vans and I have to admit, it seemed like an ideal way to travel.

The first advantage, of course, is that you get to roam freely. Stopping when you …

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Fijian Bure: A Modern Interpretation – LivingMini®

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Traditional_Fiji_BureA “bure” is a Fijian dwelling made of wood and straw. Traditionally, a bure functioned as a community center, where Fijian men (those that were circumcised) gathered to eat and sleep and “talk story” (as we say in Hawaii).

Today …

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