I get knocked down…but I get up again

I get knocked down…but I get up again

Life has been a little unsettled since we got home from China. I guess we thought we would come home and everything would be clear regarding our future direction. We found some amazing products that we would like to import into New Zealand, and we had the trip

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The Detour from Yuyuan Gardens

The Detour from Yuyuan Gardens

The Lonely Planet Guide rates the Yuyuan Gardens & Bazaar as a ‘thing to do in Shanghai.

‘With its shaded corridors, glittering pools and whispering bamboo, the Yuyuan Gardens are a delightful escape from Shanghai’s glass-and-steel modernity.’
We had been in

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My New Best Friend in China

My New Best Friend in China

Well we are back in New Zealand, and what a trip! don’t know that I will ever be able to blog about every little experience we had in China, so I’m simply going to write about what comes to mind at any given time. I have to

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He’a always on time

He’a always on time

He’s always right on time 
The first day we walked in to our travel agent to inquire about trips to China, we felt like a door opened very wide. We had quite a long list of things we thought were going to happen over the month of June. It’s been

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The Great Wall

The Great Wall

We have been off the grid for a couple of days. Yesterday morning we were picked up early from our hotel in Beijing, and we travelled 2 1/2 hours by car to do an intrepid hike of the Great Wall where not many tourists go. Our guide said last night

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A blog from the bullet train

A blog from the bullet train

One thing I have learned from all this travelling in China is that some things do get easier. Today our English speaking guide picked us up from our hotel in Pingyao, and we had a short ride to the train station to catch the bullet train to Beijing.
It doesn’t

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Props for the Shop

Props for the Shop

There was a pressing sense that we needed to have everything set up for our online shop before we left for China. That seems kind of strange when we don’t actually have a whole lot of stock yet, but our systems are starting to fall in to place and the

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Travel tips on Staying Well

Travel tips on Staying Well

On the advice of my very good friend & travelling companion on the Yangtze River cruise, it was back to the Doctor today to dose up on Dukoral, which is a lovely little drink you can take on an empty stomach to shield against all water based bugs in third

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It’s All in the Bag

It’s All in the Bag

On the last overseas trip I took to Israel eighteen months ago, I made a pledge to myself that I must travel lighter. You would think that I would have learned by now. Memories of traipsing around the U.K. with a suitcase that no one else wanted to lift, as

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The joys of jabs

The joys of jabs

As part of our preparation to go to China, the travel doctors recommend you get a few immunizations before you go.
 Now I'm not a huge fan of injections or needles, although I willingly donate my blood every 3 months to the NZ Blood bank since I'm told my blood [...]
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