The Rare Sight of Jumping Manta Rays in Puerto Escondido

In five years of full time travel we’ve never seen dolphins or whales—somehow we always miss the right time of year or just get unlucky. It’s been on our bucket list for a long time and we hoped that our luck would change in Puerto Escondido, a beach town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, where we’re living for a month. It’s whale season, but despite reports of others seeing whales and swimming with dozens of dolphins, we went out on a boat trip with low expectations—our past experience had taught us that much.

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Disneyland & California Adventure in One Day: An Itinerary for Adults

It’s no secret that Simon is a huge fan of Disney. I was dubious about visiting as an adult, but he converted me with trips to Disney in Florida and Japan. Disney is an escape for us, a world where life has a soundtrack, everyone is happy, and fun is effortless. While we were in San Diego there’s no way Simon was going to miss the opportunity to visit a new (to us) Disney park in Los Angeles.

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San Diego Like a Local

Our impression of a new city is often influenced by the people we experience it with, more than the place itself. Would we have enjoyed our time in San Diego as much if we hadn’t stayed with our friends Tom and Jenny? Surely not, although San Diego has a lot to offer: warm, sunny weather even in late October; a laid-back outdoor lifestyle with beaches, parks, and hikes nearby; and delicious vegan-friendly food.

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The Vegan Experiment Continues in San Diego

My vegan experiment continued as we moved down the USA’s west coast from Portland, to San Francisco and Sonoma, and on to San Diego. After finding San Francisco surprisingly difficult when eating in non vegetarian restaurants, San Diego was much easier (and less expensive). There are plenty of vegan options, even without eating in any of the city’s vegan restaurants, and menus were usually well labelled. Veganism is common here and we often found vegan cakes in cafes and vegan products in every supermarket. Continue reading →

My First Half Marathon in Sonoma Wine Country

The more time we spend travelling, the more travel becomes the norm. To continue to grow we have to find new challenges, try things that scare us, that we never thought we were capable of.

I’ve written before about discovering a passion for running on our travels, as a way to test myself mentally and physically, and to explore new places. I felt so good after completing my first 10k run in Thailand last Christmas that I set myself the goal of running a half marathon in 2014. Last month I did just that. I ran it faster than I expected. And I loved it.

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