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Purple Potatoes and Pink Prawns – the downs and ups of eating in Hong Kong

As we entered our final week in Hong Kong we reached the few items left on our Things To Do lists. At last we made the trip all the way up the Travelator (the long escalator) to the Botanic Gardens … Continue reading

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Questions you should ask – Part 3 – About the Area

Part of the fun of travelling is discovering new places for yourself. House-sitting gives you the opportunity to get to know a place really well and from a different perspective from the normal tourist. What better place to start than … Continue reading

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The Only Way is Up!

Wednesday Those of you who read the last post on this blog will already know that Wednesday is free entry day at Hong Kong museums. It will, therefore, come as no surprise to learn that today we took the MTR … Continue reading

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Kowloon, High Noon and the Path to Wisdom

Wednesday Carrying on the theme of extreme budgeting we visited two excellent museums on Kowloon today – The Hong Kong Museum of Art and The Hong Kong Museum of History. They were so good that we wouldn’t have grudged paying … Continue reading

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The Road to Freedom

Many people we know and meet are envious of our lifestyle. They think we are lucky.  They think we are brave. Yes, there is an element of luck in how we have ended up together free of debt, free of … Continue reading

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Hitting the Heights in Hong Kong

We are now cat-sitting in Hong Kong, arranged through Housecarers.com, a five-week stay which will give us plenty of time to immerse ourselves in the culture, see the sights and of course drink copious amounts of wine and beer. Our … Continue reading

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Thailand Revisited

11 to 25 March Our four month long trip to SE Asia begins in Thailand. We were last here in March 2007 and notice one or two changes. Here are some excerpts from my Thailand travel blog. Bangkok Having left … Continue reading

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Chania house-sitters take to the road

February 2010 Back in Chania and with unlimited access to internet we’ve hardly seen the light of day as we spend hours searching and researching our next trip. After what we would see as a lazy couple of years on … Continue reading

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Questions you should ask – Part 2 – About the House

Household equipment and appliances vary from house to house.  Given a drawer full of manuals and a day or two, we can generally work out how most things work without too much trouble.  Nevertheless, it’s best to go over the … Continue reading

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Before you leave

When your house-sit comes to an end you will want to make sure that you leave everything just as (or better than) you found it. If you want to be asked back or get good references, the home owner must … Continue reading

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