Krabi Hot Spring & Tiger Cave

If you have a pre-existing condition and you want to travel it can sometimes be problematic in getting travel insurance. Insurers do not like to take calculated risks so they need to know if there is a likelihood that your condition could result in you needing medical assistance whilst you are abroad. the first wine was his 2010 Tavel/Chateau de Trinquevedel which he had drawn off of the tank for us this morning. the wine had been assembled within the last month and is waiting to be bottled in march. the wine was a robust pink throughout the glass and clear. the aromas were of flowers and red fruits. the taste was flowers, red raspberries, strawberries, and a hint of white pepper. the finish was a wonderful balance of mineral and acid. it is young and will evolve further on the fruit and flowers side in the months before we see it. i look forward to enjoying this during the coming year.

This goat milk cheese hails from Central Point Oregon, and the cheeses are produced from a herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats; a breed which produces a very high butterfat milk. The farm is fully sustainable, producing all of its own electricity. The goats are able to pasture most of the year, supplemented with spent grain from the Wild River Brewery, which gives the cheese a hoppy, nutty aroma and flavor. Elk Mountain is a semi-soft mountain style raw milk cheese made in the style of aged Tomme from the Pyrenees. The cheeses are aged 6-8 months, during which the wheels are washed with Wild River Brewery Honey Wheat Ale which gives the rind a gold color. It is firm, dense, and slightly flaky.

Sometimes in life, you just find yourself on a bike with a set of hills ahead of you. At that point, all you can do is start pedaling. So, that’s what I did. And man, this bike felt good! In some ways, I felt like the bike did the triathlon for me… But it took a mile or so to get comfortable with the ride. Less than half a mile into it, I encountered my first hill. I switched into the lower gears and gave it my best, with lactic acid building up a little too quickly in my quads. The burn came on a little too soon, given that this would be about an hour-long ride, so I tried to just focus on my breathing and pacing myself.

Actually, sobrang dali lang mag-apply ng visa for Japan. Its contrary to what we have heard from a lot of people. I was granted tourist visa twice in the same year. For somebody working in Singapore, you just have to present your employer’s letter stating your position, date joined, salary and that you are responsible for all your expenses. Fill-up the application form, ID pictures, photocopy of your EP/SP/Work Permit, passport and bank statement with at least 3500sgd of available balance. Return tickets and hotel accommodation. The visa application is free of charge and if you apply on a Monday, you will get your visa on Thursday after- same week.

As I meet more and more people in this new identity as a DPT student, I find myself still wanting to tell them about a whole different life I had before all this. Most of the people who I meet now don’t know much about the girl who spent a month volunteering in Costa Rica, a month traveling alone around Mexico, and months fighting a parasite in Ecuador (among other exotic and dangerous adventures, although Juan the Amoeba certainly left his mark). Most don’t know what led to this person, to this blog, and what led to giving all of that up. (And who’s to say anyone cares?!) That said, the time has come to put TwT aside for a little bit. I’m still Travels with Tavel. I always will be! But I’ve decided to keep more of the journey to myself, now.Tavel

Full of gorgeous photographs, the book is the the memoir of an Australian woman who lives a life between Australia, England and France and calls all three home. She, her husband and three children, purchased a derelict 400 year old mas (farmhouse) on the outskirts of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, a village we will visit in October for one of the finest outdoor markets in the South, Moulin Casetelas, the olive oil mill where the Archers take their olives to be milled, and lunch on Roman delicacies in the Taberna Romana across the road from the ruins of Glanum just outside of town.