Have you ever been on a vacation and it seems like your worries are on the trip with you? You can travel to a faraway land and have days filled with thoughts about work or things that need to be done – doctors’ checkups, tuition fees, payroll, the bills. But then there are moments during

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https://salipawpaw.com/travel-party/ Our very first post on our new blog: An Illustrated List of All the Different People to See the World With. Which one are you?   EDIT: That blog has died, the post is still alive here though: https://medium.com/around-the-world-and-back-again/an-illustrated-list-of-the-different-people-to-see-the-world-with-10660ab54bc3#.r045ef3ji          

I have a mild fear of heights. When I look over the balcony of a five-storey building the sky starts to spin, my head becomes lighter and I hear the caps of my knees tick. So when we took a 30-minute cable car ride up to Ngong Ping- Hong Kong’s second highest peak – you can imagine how much fun I had.

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When I was 5, my father introduced me to Enid Blyton and her world of goblins, elves and toys that came alive. I was into the Grimm brothers then and the bright-eyed teens of Riverdale and Blyton was a welcome addition. Days were spent drawing scenes from the books or recreating them using my own toys.

One afternoon last month, us kids (at heart) made our way through a maze of strange alleys and found the MINT Museum, a building full of TOYS from the 1800’s to the 1900’s and it was there that I was taken back to that year with Enid Blyton and found myself face-to-face with Noddy, Golly and many other characters from my childhood.

MINT, also known as Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys, is a kid’s dream come true – 5 storeys of vintage toys from all over the world! We relived our childhoods that afternoon – days spent with G.I. Joe, Tintin, Mickey, Donald, Popeye, Astro Boy, matchbox cars and the countless toys that kept us company many years ago.

We left the museum with wide grins. We felt like kids again.

-Johanna

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The last time I spoke in front of an auditorium, I was in second grade and I recited a poem. I remember it was like being in the dark and I did not understand what I was saying. Over the weekend I spoke again, in a cinema – which is pretty much what an auditorium

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El Nido

I had long heard of El Nido, about how it is beautiful. I read all the tales in travel magazines and blogs. I wondered if it was all hyperbole. I had hoped it to be just as people described it. I was sure a thousand happy travelers couldn’t be wrong. And as we got our

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