#tbt: Summer of 2015 and learning how to ‘beach’

Going to the beach is a sport in the Algarve. In the Algarve, people stay in between January and April, as it's cold, most things are closed, and seasonal employees are out of work. Come late April, early May, the Algarvieu (Algarvians) come out to play. And that means hitting up the beach with a…

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#tbt – My friend Anne came to visit us in Portugal!

One of the loveliest benefits of spending time in Portugal was the proximity to some of my fellow Canadian friends. One such friend, Anne, was working in London for the first half of 2015. Before she headed back to Canada, she took a quick jaunt to Alte, where we spent a few days enjoying the…

A Trip to the Algarve – Kevin’s backyard

The moment I told Kevin I'd booked my flight, he went into trip planning mode. Two weeks was a lot of time to fill, but it got booked up fairly quickly. We considered and rejected visiting the North & Porto (too far), some additional castles (I rolled my ankle), another historical town (Heather got sick), and a…

Part 3 of our Philippines Trip: Nacpan Beach

Towards the end of our time in El Nido, we spent a day out at Nacpan Beach, a remote beach 45 minutes north of El Nido. We went to buy some coconuts, and the lady at the kiosk told us we should check out some rentable cottages further down the beach. So, coconuts in hand, we…

Part 2.3 of our Philippines Trip: Island Hopping Tour B and Selfie Sticks

A couple of days after Anne had left us for Manila, Kevin and I signed up for a big group tour through Art Cafe. This time, we embarked on Tour B. The food wasn't as good with the Art Cafe tour as it had been with the Golden Monkeys Tour, but the content of the…