Alice Springs, east and west

  I had no idea what to expect in Alice Springs. Dave had been years ago, but I know he was just as excited as I was to be there. One of the first things that struck us as we approached Alice after hours and hours of solid highway driving…

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Home, not home

The advantages for us leading this nomadic lifestyle are many and varied, not least the opportunities to house sit, caring for gorgeous pets whilst living in lovely homes around the world. But what happens when a curve ball is thrown, unexpectedly having to go “home” when in fact we no…

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Transit day: leaving Valparaiso

  Following the ordeal of our arrival into Valparaiso, when it came to the morning of our departure we wisely made the decision to catch a taxi to the bus station. At one point we were attracted to the idea of taking one of the funny old trolley buses across…

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The walking tour: Valparaiso

  You know how we love a guided walking tour when we arrive somewhere new.   It’s a wonderful way for us to learn about a place we’ll be spending time in, of the history and social structures. And we see things we’re unlikely to if we just wandered around…

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Cat Cuddle Cafe

*** Feline alert: if you don't like cats you might like to stop right here. For the past couple of years as house and pet sitters we have become accustomed to having animals in our daily lives. For the moment though, we are not house sitting. We're staying at daughter…

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Streets of Valparaiso

  I had read on some travel sites that Valparaiso makes a good day trip from Santiago.   How wrong were those reviews!   Valparaiso in 3 days wasn’t nearly long enough for us to absorb the energy and atmosphere of the fascinating port city.   We arrived into Valparaiso…

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