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Thailand with Jules and Emily

By: leelefever on September 14, 2005 - 9:30am

Jules and Emily are from Seattle and departed in early 2005 on a trip similar to ours.  They don't blog often, but I'm always interested to see what they have to say. Guys, if you read this- we want more blogging! :)

Their last post was about their experiences in Thailand, including a cooking class, people they met, Bangkok, Vietnam, etc. 

This sounds nice:

Due to the tsunami tourism is apparently down about 70% since last summer. As a result, the beautiful beaches are empty, the fancy hotel rooms are super cheap and the people really need tourists to come back and spend their cash. We spent two weeks at the beautiful Karon Beach Resort and couldn't have been more pleased. The beautifully appointed oceanfront rooms, the breakfast buffet and daily Thai massages on the beach can't be beat.

Ahh, I'm excited about Thailand... It's sad to hear they aren't recovering quickly, but we'll do our part I'm sure.


Test Post from pocket pc

By: leelefever on September 13, 2005 - 8:12pm
I'm writing this from a seimens SX 66 pocket pc. This little keyboard is tough but I bet I could get used to it with time. Viewing the site is not great on the little screen, but it works. Mark swears that using the stylus is faster, but I'm not convinced.

Motion Bands

By: sachilefever on September 13, 2005 - 3:33pm

Ever since I can remember, car-sickness has been a handicap for me as a passenger -  especially on longer road trips. It has even caused me to drive myself on group road trips, just to avoid the constant headache & nausea and long recovery time once the car stopped.

I was definitely concerned about it for our TWINF trip with the expected hot and stuffy chicken buses, roller coaster taxi rides, and possibly rickety trains. Until...we found Motion Bands at REI that we had heard "worked for some people" via pressure points on the inside of your wrists.  Acupressure was never something to which I paid much attention, but I thought - why not try it? Feeling like a zombie on Dramamine seemed to be the best option up until now.

We took it for the test on the 2.5 hour ride out to the Olympic peninsula and then up and down windy forest roads in the national park. Besides a very slight and dull headache, there was not a pinch of nausea the entire weekend! I never thought it would be possible, but I'm actually one of the "some people"! Motion Bands just moved to my Must-Have packing list.

Testing New Features

By: leelefever on September 13, 2005 - 1:12pm

I've been talking to Boris at Bryght about all sorts of cool new things we can do with the site. For now, I'm testing free tagging and locations.  This stuff could really make the site more usable and more confusing at the same time.  For now, I'm going to be testing a few things for fun.  If you see anything you like or don't like, let me know via a comment.


Still a Little Stealthy

By: leelefever on September 13, 2005 - 9:31am

You might notice the site switching back and forth between the new and old versions of the design. The new design is about 80% done, so there are some things that still need to be worked out and we're working through that now.

It's kind of a weird space to operate.  It's all publicly viewable right now, but I really don't want it linked-to yet. In a week or two, the design will be stable and a couple of the key features/designs will be in-place.  My goal is to have it ready for prime-time by Oct. 1st, which should shouldn't be a problem from what I'm hearing.

Once it's ready, I hope to start talking about it a lot and hopefully building a little buzz so that we can get people to register and share their experiences.  

I'll be talking a lot about it on once I think it's ready.

This is so fun and exciting.  I totally get off on getting this ready and thinking about how it will work or what might happen. I can hardly wait.  



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Travel Video from Turkey-

By: leelefever on September 12, 2005 - 10:12am

Jon Rawlinson of TheRadBlog continues in impress me with his photos and especially his short videos.  He's a TV producer by trade, so I guess it's no surprise, but the video he puts together are beautiful, both visually and musically.

Check out his latest video on from Capadocia, Turkey.

We will do good to follow in his footsteps.



By: leelefever on September 9, 2005 - 8:09am

I just spent a *long* time writing all about cell phone options.  I started last night and finished this morning.  Apparently I was logged off overnight.  So, when I clicked the save button, it asked me to log in.  When I logged in, it wiped my whole entry.  I don't know of any way to get it back.

If this is how Drupal works, if this is normal functionality, I'm not impressed.  If someone knows how to prevent this from happening, or what I could have done differently, please let me know. This sucks. 

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Maybe in 2007

By: leelefever on September 4, 2005 - 3:01pm

Someone recently said "Wow, you're really going to have to start detaching soon."  At the time, it didn't mean a lot, but since it's been on my mind a lot.  Preparing for a trip like this really rearranges the way you look at the world and you realize that you really leave your life behind.

It may sound materialistic, but one of the first things we've detached from is the acquisition of stuff. Everything we buy right now is for the trip and everything else must have some compelling reason for us to get it.

One of our mottos lately has been "maybe in 2007" because when we see things we like such as, clothes, gadgets, furniture, even new hobbies or major projects, it all goes in the "Maybe in 2007" bucket.  2007 seems so far away.  It woud be interesting to see what we want now and compare it to what we want when we get back.  I sure those buckets would be very different.


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By: leelefever on August 31, 2005 - 12:21pm
I just got word that the platform that runs this here TwinF site (Drupal via Bryght) has been upgraded! To 4.6 no less! Feel the power! Really though, there may some general goofiness in the way it works as we work out the kinks. I appreciate your understanding.
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How to Cross the Street

By: leelefever on August 31, 2005 - 9:35am
Andy at offer sound advice for what is one of the most dangerous things about traveling abroad: Crossing the Street.

Apparently, the key is crossing in a group and using blockers.

Also, Andy has started a wiki in hopes of collecting information about Niger, where he is headed.  For those of you curious about what in the hell a wiki is, it is a type of web site that enables visitors to easily add and edit information. This might help if you're interested.