2014 Travel Recap

December 31, 2014  •  3 Comments
Hi all! 2014 is coming to and end and we are all looking forward to the new year. This past year was pretty amazing for us. We quit our jobs in May, moved all of our stuff from our apartment on the UWS to my parents' basement in Queens and shortly after left the country. Our first trip was to Canada to visit Vlad's family in Winnipeg, friends in To...
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A Taste of Thailand

December 20, 2014  •  6 Comments
-by Edyta- T hai Food is such a universally loved cuisine - the mention of it alone is enough to make most peoples' mouths water. From the colorful spices, carefully extracted flavors and aromatic herbs, Thai food can translate to an exotic and adventurous cuisine to some, or a more basic, comfort food to others. The marriage of fresh ingredients...
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A bit of luxury on Koh Samui Island, Thailand

December 18, 2014  •  2 Comments
-by Vlad- We departed Krabi Province on December 3 and after a 2 1/2 van ride and a very bumpy 90 min ferry, we arrived on the island of Koh Samui, located in the Gulf of Thailand. After another 20 min cab ride to our hotel we were ready to settle in and explore the grounds. Kirikayan Resort impressed us immediately: twice the size of our NYC apar...
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Long Tail Boats and Beach Time at Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

December 13, 2014  •  4 Comments
-by Edyta- The hustle and bustle of Bangkok quickly got us longing for a more relaxed stay. Picking the next destination was not easy - there are literally countless beautiful places in Thailand. The ones that are the easiest to get to tend to be the more touristy. After doing research and chatting with a few locals we settled on Ao Nang - a beach...
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Bangkok, Thailand: First Stop in Asia

December 07, 2014  •  7 Comments
-by Edyta- Sawadee or hello from Thailand! We arrived in Bangkok, Thailand on November 21, 2014. As sad as we were to leave beautiful New Zealand, we were also excited for warmer weather and getting out of our comfort zone in South East Asia. Traveling in Australia and New Zealand was relatively easy as they are English speaking countries. We sus...
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Interesting Things About New Zealand

November 30, 2014  •  4 Comments
-by Edyta- New Zealand, this distant and mysterious land, stole our hearts. After spending a month in Aotearoa (Maori name for New Zealand), we learned and noticed some interesting things that are worth sharing. Don't be surprised if after reading about this beautiful spot, you will find yourself looking for flights across the globe! Enjoy! Kia O...
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Post Earthquake Christchurch & Last Stop in New Zealand

November 27, 2014  •  2 Comments
-by Vlad- Our last stop in this beautiful country was the South Island's largest city, Christchurch. We had been told that the city was still in rebuild mode after the devastating earthquakes between 2010 and 2012 during which 185 people died and many were injured. In this two year span, over 4000 earthquakes measuring 3.0 and above on the Richter...
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Tekapo: Milky Blue Lakes & Flying Over Mount Cook

November 26, 2014  •  2 Comments
-by Edyta- We left Queenstown with a bit of sadness. Our time in New Zealand was coming to an end and we were leaving one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed at. However, since we are 'glass is half full' kind of people, we were looking forward to our next stop, the small town of Fairlie near the beautiful Lake Tekapo. We arrived ther...
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Queenstown, New Zealand: Bungy Jumping, Alpacas and Epic Views

November 24, 2014  •  2 Comments
-by Edyta- Four nights in Dunedin went by fairly quickly and we soon found ourselves on the road again, driving through picturesque New Zealand scenery. Next stop was Queenstown, a touristy resort town in the middle of Otago region, situated on the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by tall mountain ranges with snowy caps. We've heard from loc...
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Rugby Match in Dunedin

November 21, 2014  •  1 Comment
*Post written by Vlad* After an adventurous 3 days in Franz Josef, we headed east to South Island's second largest city, Dunedin (Christchurch is first). One of the main reasons for our visit was to see the Kiwis play England in the Four Nations rugby tournament (Samoa and Australia were the other two participants). We pulled up to our Airbnb hou...
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Hiking the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

November 19, 2014  •  6 Comments
*Post written by Vlad* Despite another long drive (7hrs with stops) from Wakefield to our next destination, Franz Josef Village, I was looking forward to it. The scenery in New Zealand, and in particular, the South Island, is something that can only be seen in person to appreciate. Our drive took us down the west coast, where we stopped in Punakai...
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Nelson Area & Abel Tasman Park... and lots of sheep

November 17, 2014  •  2 Comments
Welcome to the South Island of New Zealand! After spending a total of ten days in the North Island, on November 1, 2014 we arrived in the South Island via interisland ferry. The ride took about 3 hours. South Island greeted us with lots of sunshine and much warmer temperature than what we have experienced so far in NZ. The top region of the South...
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Wellington, New Zealand: Kiwi friends & Polish Orphans of Pahiatua

November 13, 2014  •  6 Comments
Making our way down the North Island, our next stop was one of New Zealand's bigger cities - Wellington, which also happens to be the country's capital. During our 6 hour drive from Taupo to Wellington, the scenery changed rapidly and drastically - all the while remaining beautiful, and picturesque. We finally understand what our friends Ben and Cr...
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Stinky Thermal Pools, Redwoods & Maori Village

November 11, 2014  •  8 Comments
After spending four nights in Auckland, we got ready to travel to our next destination - the small town of Taupo, situated approximately 3 hours south of Auckland, on a lake by the same name. Once we left Auckland we were in constant awe of the views - tons of green rolling hills peppered with cows and sheep. We took a small detour on the way to Ta...
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Auckland: Welcome to New Zealand!

November 09, 2014  •  4 Comments
Nau mai ki Aotearoa / Welcome to New Zealand After spending a whole month in the amazing country of Australia, we took a three hour plane ride from Brisbane to Auckland, NZ. As soon as we touched down, we realized that our current attire of shorts and t-shirts would be demoted to the bottoms of our backpacks, and our warmest clothes would be up fo...
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