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Cat Tales: August 2012

Posted on 31 August 2012 by brett

Seven Rila Lakes Trek Celebration

Seven Rila Lakes Trek Celebration

We’ve learned to live in the moment and to be prepared for anything to happen while on the road. A chance meeting in Chumphon, Thailand with Jeff & Neda led us to Bulgaria….. a hidden gem we would have never known.

It is now more than 100 years since Bulgaria declared its independence from Ottoman rule. And, 20 years since the fall of Communism. The average standard of living suffered a catastrophic decline in the early 1990’s in many former Communist states. Many began to rise with Capitalistic policies toward the end of the 21st century. Some countries like Ukraine, Moldova and Serbia are poorer today than they were in 1989. Others like Bulgaria & Romania have managed to bounce back considerably. The IMF ranks Bulgaria 67th in the world by per capita GDP (PPP). Romania is slightly behind in the 73rd position. Both are 15-20% above the world average. A list of European countries by monthly net average wage reveals both countries around $400. To put this in perspective, Turkey is at $634, the US around $2,197, and the UK at $2,556. Continue Reading

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Turkish Mediterranean Blue Cruise

Posted on 15 August 2012 by brett

2012 Blue Cruise Crew

2012 Blue Cruise Crew

Encountering new friends during our travels has delightfully taken us on unexpected adventures around the world. It’s funny how one small decision can domino effect your travel plans. Our decision to go to the Pearl Jam show in Prague lead us to meet Lauren & Dave in the 10 Club line…… while they were wondering why they weren’t getting buzzed from drinking non-alcoholic beer. It took a local Czech person to point out that the label read “Non-Alcoholic Beer”.  

Instant friendship is what made our decision easy to continue on following Pearl Jam to Berlin. Fast-forward one month later and all our paths crossed once again while in Turkey. Dave is so generous and offered for us to stay with him in Istanbul. And, Lauren invited us on an unforgettable Blue Cruise sailing trip around the Turkish Meditterrean Sea. Continue Reading

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