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Je Suis Ivory Coast

Sigh. Another attack on a beach resort. This time in Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire). I have wanted to visit this vibrant country for two decades but not got there yet. I came close when I lived in Nigeria, 1000km (600 miles) away. 13th March was reportedly, a beautiful day in  the Ivory Coast, when six cowards dressed in black with balaclavas opened fire with Kalashnikov msachine guns on the beach at Grand Bassam. They were eventually shot by Ivory Coast security forces. The BBC reported “They killed a child, despite him kneeling down and begging”.…

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Taking Notes en Route

The older I get, the more I realise, I will not remember the name of the random person I met on the airport bus or the book they recommended or the walking tour guide’s name, or the artist whose sculpture I loved. I need to record it in some way on the spot. I used to write it down in my diary or travel journal but in this electronic age, there are my three favourite note programs. These are my top three: Evernote has been stable mate. It allows me to photograph things and imbed them…

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Can’t use a Non refundable hotel room?

The other week my boss had to fly to Sydney, Australia for work. And almost every hotel was booked out. The few rooms available were at astronomical prices. The Boardingarea community came to the rescue! Through a brilliant article on Magic of Miles on what to do with non refundable hotel rooms, I discovered Roomer, one of several websites that allows people to sell non refundable hotel rooms. As a result, I found a hotel room at my boss favourite hotel for less than half of what was being asked for. Win for the employee (me). There is…

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Pray for #Paris

In view of the situation in Paris, I have withdrawn my original post. Praying for our world and especially those impacted directly by these events. Paris is my favourite city in the world and I feel very sad for this day. May we work to create peace not division between all of us on this one small wonderful planet.

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Most amazing fireworks in the world

Where would you go for an amazing fireworks display? New York? Sydney? Dubai? To my surprise I found it is actually in a small town of just 482 people called Gunning. Located in a rural area, 260 km (160 miles) south-west of Sydney, Australia. Why? Firework’s Australia the country’s largest firework’s distributor and organiser has two factories in the area and every year they organise the Gunning Fireworks Festival to demonstrate their newest and best bangs and colours. I went along for this year’s Festival last Saturday night and for almost two hours, small and large shells, rockets and mortars were…

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300 Boeing 787s delivered

On July 27, Boeing announced they had delivered their  300th Boeing 787. This means the company has delivered 100 in the last nine months. Boeing has orders of 1095 for the plane’s three versions. In the four years since the plane began commercial flight, there have been 294,000 commercial flights using the 787.  Almost 55 million passengers have flown 659 million miles for a total of 1.5 million revenue flight hours. 31 airlines are currently using the plane with Vietnam due to be 32nd in the next week. All Nippon Airways Aeroméxico Air Canada Air India Air New…

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Scrubba- a intriguing idea

Scrubba is a wash bag that is not just for storing your laundry- you can actually use it’s built in flexible washboard to  wash your clothes in 30 seconds with 2 gallons of water! Its an Australian invention! The Scrubba wash bag measures approximately 54 cm x 32 cm (21 inches x 12.5) and weighs less than 145g five ounces).   A percentage of all sales go to clean water projects in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. I do not have a Scrubba. Would you use one?

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