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Belugas, Bears and Blooms: Summer in Churchill

Hey friends! I’m jumping out of my typical chronologically-based coverage to skip ahead and share my recent trip to Canada. We’ll be back to Thailand soon! “How do human survive here?” We’d taken off before the sunrise and watched as the view out the window turned more and more harsh and inhospitable. There were no roads snaking below, only lakes and rivers. Our destination, Churchill, could be reached only by plane or by a forty-eight hour train journey from Winnipeg. I’d first heard of Churchill years before, at a travel-themed…

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And Now Onto Chopping: A Koh Tao Cooking Class for the Domestically Challenged

It is safe to say that one of my primary motivations for living part-time in Thailand is the availability and affordability of meals that someone else other than myself has prepared. “Domestic disaster” doesn’t seem to quite cover a past that has included the fire department being summoned during an attempt at boiling macaroni in the Cayman Islands, self-induced food poisoning from undercooking beans in Panama, and a long history of misidentifying cucumbers and zucchinis just about everywhere. But just as my palate has slowly expanded, so too has my…

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Bar Hopping and Boat Bopping: Another Weekend in Bangkok

If you follow Alex in Wanderland on Facebook, you might have caught my announcement that I’m headed to Newfoundland to visit Ian’s family — so it’s perfect timing to share this post about his family’s visit to us in Thailand! Bangkok. Capital of Thailand, city of eight million people, and the gateway to Southeast Asia for travelers from around the world. Including, in one overlapping weekend of the month that I dubbed “host-a-palooza,” both Ian’s parents, who were arriving from Canada, and my friends, who were departing to the US…

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Where to Eat in Winnipeg’s Exchange District

Hey friends! I’m jumping out of my typical chronologically-based coverage to skip ahead and share my recent trip to Canada. We’ll be back to Thailand soon! Called Canada’s “most overlooked food destination” by Air Canada, Winnipeg’s food scene is having a moment. Much of it is happening in The Exchange District, home to the city’s highest concentration of independent shops, restaurants, galleries and cafes, and my personal favorite ‘hood in Manitoba’s capital. With only four days to eat my way through the city I certainly can’t claim this is an…

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Traveller talk: July 2016

Pilgrims in Lalibela, Ethiopia. © Philip Lee Harvey / Lonely Planet Each month our fab Thorn Tree moderators bring a few tasty morsels of community chat to the fore. This month’s menu includes: self-catering in Cuba; a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa; footwear; reading lists; discovering India by bike; and finding India in London. Our TT-ers are a very eclectic bunch. Self-catering in Cuba? The unusual topic of cooking in Cuba cropped up this month, which ttjpdo glowingly describes as ‘one of the best threads’ on the subject. While most users on the thread agreed that part of…

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The Best Things in Life are Free… in San Francisco

The Lonely Planet team getting ready to explore San Francisco © Rachael Nusbaum To celebrate the launch of The Best Things in Life Are Free, last weekend we hit the streets of San Francisco on a walking tour with San Francisco City Guides (sfcityguides.org) to give sightseers free copies of the book and a free drink at Vesuvio Cafe. We had the chance to explore the city ourselves, following the recommendations in the book. Starting in Chinatown in the morning, we made our way up to Coit Tower with its breathtaking…

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LP Pathfinders: top posts from July 2016

A backpacker in the Namib Desert, Africa © Westend61 / Getty Images Our Pathfinders have been up to all sorts of adventures this month – from visiting a prison in the Philippines to discovering a modern-day Pompeii.  Spend a night with brown bears in Estonia; plan an outdoor escape in the Greek capital; and learn how to pack light when backpacking through the world’s second largest continent with July’s top travel blogs. Spending the night with brown bears in Estonia – Emily and Gregor If you go down to the woods today, you’re…

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Only In The Peg! What To Do in Winnipeg

Hey friends! I’m jumping out of my typical chronologically-based coverage to skip ahead and share my recent trip to Canada. We’ll be back to Thailand soon! What do you know about Winnipeg? I admit, I haven’t done more exploring of my neighbor to the north. Having only briefly visited Montreal and Toronto in the past, my travel experience in Canada was limited and I didn’t have much to base my expectations on before heading to Manitoba this summer. What I definitely didn’t anticipate? A Canadian capital bursting with creative people,…

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LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from July 2016

With the summer season in full swing in the northern hemisphere, Lonely Planet Pathfinders from all over the globe have been soaking up the rays. The result? This month’s Pathfinder Instagram round up which celebrates the perfect union of water and land coming together and the breathtaking views that compel us to fall deeper in love with our beautiful planet. Here are our selections for July. Landsort, Sweden A photo posted by Skye Class (@skyetravels) on Jul 12, 2016 at 12:10pm PDT ‘This is what my day looked like while in Landsort…

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Visiting Khao Yai National Park By Motorbike

If you’ve been lucky enough to receive a postcard from Thailand, it likely featured paradise islands, charming provincial towns or perhaps the sparkling lights of Bangkok. The country’s beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan big city are well documented, including here on Alex in Wanderland. But did you know Thailand also has one hundred and twenty-seven national parks? I made it a goal this year to explore a handful of them. I started, appropriately, with Thailand’s first: Khao Yai National Park, just a few hours northeast of Bangkok. Khao Yai, a sprawling…

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