Tag: Featured

Sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

There were only a few things that we really wanted to do in Yangon, and we had heard that the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda was not to be missed. As usual, we procrastinated and nearly ended up missing it, but after a quick $3 taxi ride we arrived at the massive pagoda. The Shwedagon Pagoda is 2500 […]

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A Picky Eater’s Guide to Food in Asia

Here’s a fact: I’m the world’s pickiest eater. My friends still bring up the time in high school when I wouldn’t eat KFC coleslaw because it was “too spicy”. It’s not due to failings on my mother’s part-we had to sit at the table until all of our food was gone, and I certainly wasn’t one of […]

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Bucket List Adventure: Seeing the Great Wall of China

When I realized I’d been living in Beijing for six weeks and hadn’t seen the Great Wall I was a little embarrassed. Luckily my friend Phoebe invited me along for an overnight trip out to the wall, so I packed a bag and prepared to rub shoulders with a million of my closest Chinese friends. A lot […]

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The Hindu Festival of Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur

Last week we went to Kuala Lumpur, since my mum was flying home from KL and I needed to do a visa run. I hadn’t done any research for the trip, but soon after we arrived we realized that the next day was the celebration of the Hindu Festival of Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur in […]

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Visiting Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai (and why I will never ride an elephant)

I first read about Elephant Nature Park on a blog called dtravelsround two years ago while I was living in the United States. After doing some research into the plight of the Asian elephant, I vowed never to ride an elephant, but instead I would visit this sanctuary and see first-hand the incredible work the volunteers are […]

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The Temples of Angkor

Going to Cambodia without visiting the temples of Angkor is like going to Egypt and skipping the Pyramids. More than two million visitors swing by the temples each year, and for good reason. With hundreds of temples in the area there’s plenty to choose from, and they’re all so different that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Entry to […]

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The Best Beaches on The Big Island, Hawaii

I recently visited the Big Island in Hawaii, and when other travelers told me they were “island hopping”, I figured I’d mistake devoting 11 whole days to just one island. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Public transport is sporadic and unreliable (although very cheap), so we rented a car for a few days, and […]

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My heart still belongs to Chicago

Ahhh Chicago. The coldest winter I’ve had in my life, prettiest city I’ve ever seen, and the best clubbing I’ve experienced in America.   When I decided to be an Au Pair, I was determined that I would be living in New York City. I imagined myself riding the subway, eating pretzels on the street, […]

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My thoughts on the Homeless in America

Six months ago I went out to eat with a friend in the Gaslamp District in San Diego. I’d been here for a year so we were celebrating with some wine and a nice dinner. We were sitting at a table outside people watching as we waited for our food. A few minutes later, a homeless black […]

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The Curse of the American Soccer Mom

Au Pairs have to deal with a lot of crap. Soccer moms fall into this category. We don’t really have these in New Zealand, at least nowhere near as bad as I’ve seen here, but we’re also starting to see these moms who are raising wimpy, bratty kids, who will eventually be wimpy, bratty adults. Because […]

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5 reasons why you should be an Au Pair in America

I’m getting close to the end of my time here in America now, and it’s a very bittersweet feeling. Of course it’s exciting thinking about my travel month, and working and traveling in Australia, but it’s definitely going to very hard to leave my kids and not be able to wake up to the Californian sun anymore. […]

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Getting fat in America

When I was here the first time (in 2007) I was eighteen and I gained over ten pounds (around 6 kg) in four months. I worked at a summer camp for two months and the food there was even worse than most American food, with lots of sloppy joe’s and sugar.  When I got home my mum was shocked, both at […]

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Orientation with Au Pair in America: What to Expect.

A lot of future Au Pairs wonder what Orientation is going to be like so here’s how mine went: Au Pair in America sent us to Connecticut which is around two hours from New York City. I flew into JFK, and after a short wait, I was met at the baggage claim by an Au Pair America representative. […]

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Are Kangaroo’s and Koala’s in my future?

I’m thinking about moving to Sydney, Australia for a few months when I’m done with this Au Pair thing. The original plan was to go straight to London, but since it’s looking more and more like I’ll have to head back over that side of the world to get my Youth Mobility Visa, I figure I […]

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Working as an Au Pair- Some Lessons I’ve Learned.

Since I’ve been doing this for awhile now, I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips and hints for anyone thinking about working as an Au Pair in America. Some of my friends also contributed to this list, and believe me I wish I’d known half of this stuff before I started! So here are […]

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Texas I love you.

I wasn’t expecting to love Texas. In fact I was glad we were just going for a weekend and wouldn’t be wasting any of our precious vacation time on it. So I was surprised when Austin became one of my favorite places in North America. Austin “Keep Austin Weird” is the unofficial slogan of Austin, and with bumper […]

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