Oregon: Portland – No Bones Beach Club

Located along the trendy Mississippi Ave in Portland, No Bones Beach Club is Tiki-themed vegan restaurant with all the expected trapping expected of a Tiki Bar; surfboards, fishing nets and bamboo screens pineapples, coconuts; tropical drinks (with plenty of rum and coconuts) and tasty bites. While most Tiki menus contain a heavy focus on seafood and meat, No Bones replaces this with vegan alternatives such as jack fruit, soy curls and even cauliflower.

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China: Hong Kong – arriving during a tropical cyclone

We were greeted in Hong Kong by some wet, miserable weather. The weather in the tropics are complex. For Hong Kong and this part of South East Asia this time of year can be wet, and our arrival coincided with a passing tropical storm. I was happy though, because I hadn’t seen any rain for 3 months! Karen was concerned by the warnings at the airport, but we were assured that the “standby signal No. 1” was nothing to be concerned about.

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Sri Lanka: Habarana – Minneriya, Kaudulla and Hurulu Eco Park

One of the reasons we were drawn to visit Sri Lanka was the opportunity to see some wildlife, especially elephants. The area near Habarana in Central Sri Lanka is one of the best places to go to see elephants. Here you will find two National Parks, Kaudulla and Minneriya and the Hurulu Eco Park which was granted biosphere status in 1977.

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Hawai‘i: Volcano National Park – encompassing the mighty Kilauea and Mauna Loa

Hawai’i, the Big Island, like all the other islands in the 50th State of the US, has been formed by volcanic activity and is the youngest of all the islands. It sits over a hot spot in the Earth’s crust, resulting in two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Visiting Volcanoes gives you the opportunity to get up and close to a volcano and learn more about the science of volcanology and its role in the creation of these islands.

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Mexico: Mexico City – The Historic Central District

The energetic heart of this megalopolis has oodles of historical and beautiful places to visit, plus some great eateries and shopping. During our visit to Mexico City, we discovered the wonderful Palacio de Bellas Artes, explored the Aztec ruins of the Templo Mayor and marvelled at the stunning murals of Diego Rivera at the National Palace.

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Czechia: Bohemian Switzerland National Park – a picturesque region in north-western Czechia

After a few days of trudging around the hard pavements of cities, we felt the need to escape to the countryside and get some fresh air and slow down the pace of life somewhat. I had booked for us to take a tour from Prague to the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, which takes about 90 minutes to drive.

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