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About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).

Life lessons in Hanoi

Robert wants everyone to know that he is the best husband ever.  But, sometimes he needs a little refresher on the rules.  And, he got such a refresher today.  And, it hurt. Here is what he learned.  It doesn’t matter … Continue reading

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Luang Prabang — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

This is about the time I should be writing a blog called “final thoughts on Laos.”  But, since we only visited one town in Laos, that didn’t seem quite right.  So, instead, you get a summary of what we liked … Continue reading

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Visiting Mandalao Elephant Conservation

Finding animal experiences that are ethical is often difficult.  What was considered ethical in 2010 isn’t always considered ethical in 2018.  And, many places call themselves a “sanctuary” or the like, in a bid to entice tourists, but the reality … Continue reading

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Festival of Light (Lai Heua Fai) in Luang Prabang

One thing we are absolutely awful about is planning our travel around festivals.  If we were smarter, we would be tracking festivals in the region and making sure we saw the fun ones (can’t believe we’ve never experienced Songkran in … Continue reading

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Final thoughts on Thailand (2018)

We’ve been to Thailand three times since May 2018.  The first time we visited Bangkok and luxuriated in the idea of being newly retired.  The second time we visited Phuket and Koh Samui, lounging on the beach (and getting some … Continue reading

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Reasons not to visit Sukhothai

Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, contains the ruins of the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom, which existed from the mid-1200’s to the mid 1400’s. You really, really shouldn’t go to Sukhothai.  Why?  Well, let me tell you. … Continue reading

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Drowning in Khao Soi in Chiang Mai

If you are what you eat, I am currently nothing but a big bowl of khao soi. We spent 14 nights in Chiang Mai, and I ate 17 bowls of khao soi in that time. I know, I know, some … Continue reading

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