Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

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The Joys of Travel – Loving the Unexpected, and laughing at it!

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Hello everyone!   We are finally getting our feet back on the ground after an amazing 4 months away!   We love to travel, and I think one of the surest signs of a great holiday is when you come home, but you could have easily kept going!   Yes, it is great to be in your own bed at night, etc….   but I always feel a bit sorry for people who say, “Oh, it was a great holiday – but probably a bit LONG”  (or something similar).   What constitutes “too long” is obviously different for everyone, but the Shox’s know that this three month round the world trip was a good length of time!

The more we travel the world, the more we realise how little we have actually seen!   But every additional trip brings us a slightly better understanding of how life is for other people who also inhabit this awesome planet.  We love the fact that we get to experience new things, try new foods and appreciate the cultures of others.  And of course, when you travel, things don’t always go according to plan!   That is definitely part of the appeal, I think.   I love how that tests your inner fortitude, and how it can strengthen your relationship with your partner!   Some of our best memories are from things that didn’t quite happen they way they *should* have, but seem quite funny later on!  A great example of that was our final night in the Philippines…..   we were with our dear friend Shirley, her husband Raul and their daughter Leyra.  We had planned a “special treat” at a hot springs resort that wasn’t too far to drive to the airport on our final day.  What we quickly realised when we got there was that it was a resort that catered almost exclusively to the middle class, male businessman from…. Korea!   It was quite surreal.  We had overweight, shirtless men walking past our table, as we silently ate our Korean meal…. who then filed off like ants into the same pool we were heading into.   We coughed our way through their smoke filled haze, but were strangely fascinated by their choice of fashion accessory!    More than half of these guys chose to wear their towel on their head…. but not just DRAPED on their head… oh no!   they somehow rolled and shaped it like a pair of EARPHONES (???) or perhaps Micky Mouse Ears.   It seemed strange to have them marching beside us, enroute to the pool…. but what was even weirder was that they continued to wear these fashion accessories IN the pool!   Wonders will never cease!    ah, all part of the joys of travel!

We aren’t sure if they are Mickey Mouse ears, or stylised headphones…. either way, it was pretty far out to see!


Written by Mar(k)

October 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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  1. Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo
    News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Thank you

    • hi there! thanks for your comment, and glad you like our wee blog! As far as tips go – I really don’t know! I use tags, which I think helps. And to be honest, I had no idea we were on Yahoo News! I also try to keep it up to date – not a daily or even weekly thing, but I do try to post regularly, which also helps I think. But I’m afraid I can’t give you anything more concrete than that! Good luck with your blog! : )


      April 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm

  2. Greetings, I’m Darren and I’ve just recently begun to get into what you’re speaking about. I don’t know where you’re finding your
    ideas, but solid job anyway. I ought to spend some more time learning
    and understanding much more. Thanks for this: this is just what I was looking for for my goal.


    May 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    • Thanks Darren! Great to have you on board, and glad you are enjoying our blog. Kind regards, Mar(k)


      May 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

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