Posts by: Melissa

On Safari in Sri Lanka

On December 24, 2013 By

Like our trip last year to Australia, Justin and I were probably most excited about seeing the wildlife of Sri Lanka during our visit last February.  While in Hikkadua, we went on a whale watching cruise.  The actual pursuit was mildly entertaining in itself as all of these boats would chill out in the ocean [...]

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Chengdu: Home of the Pandas

On December 24, 2013 By

At the end of a work trip to Chengdu, my coworkers took me to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.  They have an immense property with various habitats for pandas at different ages including a nursery for both giant pandas and red pandas.

 

First of all, the center is [...]

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Weekend in Kuala Lumpur

On December 7, 2013 By

Justin and I have often tried to coordinate one of my work trips so that he could join for the beginning or end, but for 2 years it just didn’t happen.  Many of my trips are planned or cancelled last minute (which makes Justin’s airfare too expensive or risky), but last April we succeeded and [...]

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Tihar in Nepal

On December 7, 2013 By

The festival of lights, known as Tihar or Dipawali, is a 5 day festival that happened to coincide with our stay in Nepal.  This particular festival involved the celebration of different animals – one per day.  We happened to be walking through the villages during the dog day and cow day!

The animals are adorned [...]

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When we went to the local grocery store for the first time (Cold Storage) we felt as if we spent a similar amount of money compared to our usual St. Louis shopping trips but got about half as much food.  So, I decided to do an actual comparison to see just how much more expensive [...]

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Exploring Sri Lanka

On March 9, 2013 By

One very adventurous couple we met in Singapore moved back to the US about a year ago and gave us a parting gift – their Lonely Planet guide to Sri Lanka.  They loved travelling there and the cover of the guide has a photo of an elephant on the beach.  Seemed enticing.  In Singapore, we [...]

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10 Years Ago…

On January 24, 2013 By

As an 18 year old, 1st semester freshman, I had the wonderful opportunity to star in our college production of My Fair Lady.  As a musical lover, it was a dream come true.  My entire family drove down to watch.  My high school best friend took the 8 hour journey with them (choosing [...]

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