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Bonnie Truax

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Minimalism, Early Retirement, Finance Tips, Travel Stories
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Have you ever gazed at something so beautiful that it drove you to tears? I think we may have just been to the most beautiful place in the world. I know our world travel is still young and there are still a lot of places that we have yet to see. And even though I’ve... Continue Reading → The post Could This Be the Most Beautiful Place in the World? appeared ...
Posted: Aug 12 2018 @ 1:15 PM
Rio De Janeiro is such a beautiful city and the people are so friendly that it is easy to forget or deny its high crime rate. But the number of incidents and news reports keep us on our toes and vigilant of our surroundings. We left the favela where we spent five relaxing days and... Continue Reading → The post Hiking and Biking in Rio de Janeiro appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: Jul 29 2018 @ 4:27 PM
The pit bull that guards this house was once owned by a local drug lord, so they all know him and will give anyone who is walking him a pass. Helpful information when renting a place in a shanty town, but I’m jumping ahead. A Rio de Janeiro Favela Rio de Janeiro is ranked as... Continue Reading → The post How We Ended up in a Rio Slum for Five Days ...
Posted: Jul 22 2018 @ 2:45 PM
We stood there in silence clutching the railing.  Finally, the breath I was holding escaped in a low uttered, “Wow.” The stranger next to me looked my way with wide eyes and just nodded her head in agreement. We had been walking along a sturdy metal walkway that wound its way through trees. Below the walkway... Continue Reading → The post Iguazu Falls Argentina and Brazil appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: Jul 15 2018 @ 1:02 PM
Buenos Aires is a major metropolitan city in South America. Among many other things, it is known for its 19th-century architecture. To wit, the Casa Rosada is a sight to behold. There are a few theories about its color, but one of the more curious explanation is that the building was painted with bovine blood, not... Continue Reading → The post City of the Dead and the Tango appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: Jul 08 2018 @ 9:14 PM
We had front seats on the top level of a double-decker bus. From this perch, we got the same view as the driver would, but only better because we were higher up and we didn’t have to pay attention to the road. Snow rested in veins of the mountains tops, in the deep crevices that see... Continue Reading → The post Colors of Freedom, the Mountains, and Argentina appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: Jul 01 2018 @ 10:24 PM
Does travel change us? If so, in what ways? Today marks 628 days on the road for us and this will be blog post number 100. To celebrate this milestone we are dedicating this article to questions from our readers. To our readers, THANK YOU for every comment and all the encouragement you have given... Continue Reading → The post How Travel Changes Us: Questions from our Readers appeared first on ...
Posted: Jun 19 2018 @ 11:50 AM
“They say Humberstone used to have a summer home in Pisagua to get away from the heat,” Pedro said as he took another sip of water and placed his water bottle back in the cup holder. “Now I think only 50 to 200 people live in this town depending on the time of year you... Continue Reading → The post Nature’s Prison, Pisagua, Northern Chile appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: Jun 17 2018 @ 8:07 PM
I love packing lists. I like reading about the packing list of travel bloggers and talking to other travelers about their packing list. It’s like shop talk, what works for them and what hasn’t. We’ve already written an article about our packing list. Over time, we’ve acquired and discarded some items from our pack.  This article... Continue Reading → The post Travel Items You Might not Know You Need appeared first on ...
Posted: Jun 10 2018 @ 8:45 PM
The smell of old wood and rusted walls wafts lightly in the breeze. A gentle wind cools the desert air and plays an eerie song with the loose clapboards and the corroded panels of the ancient metal roof. The song seems to be the voices of lives once vibrant in this town now only inhabited by rumored ghosts.... Continue Reading → The post Fog Catchers and Ghost Towns of the Desert: Examples of Resilience ...
Posted: Jun 03 2018 @ 7:09 PM


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