About Me

Right now my true identity is that I am a proud mother of two unbelievably precious girls, one is 6 and the other one is 2 years of age. I started blogging after we moved to Belgium from the States in the summer of 2011. I was a high-school teacher in Portland, OR. In addition to my passion for health science, culture, religion, and history, I love writing. For that reason, I wanted to share my unique experiences of living abroad in Europe through blogging. My husband is a fanatic when it comes to traveling. The hassle of making journeys with a stroller, a diaper bag, and baby foods didn’t stop us from going around the world. Who doesn’t like visiting a new country or learning about a new culture? But making the plans takes a little effort. Hope my posts and pages will help the future travelers to plan their trips better.

 

My 2 daughters and I on Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

The above writing is about three years old when we first moved to Belgium…didn’t want to replace it by my current situation. I wanted to leave it there because it was then when I grew my passion for blogging and photography. Now we are back in our home in Oregon. Life is not the same when we used to live here three years ago. Every part of me wants to go back to Europe and see the unseen cultures, places, and heritage of that continent. The best part of being back is being closer to my family and friends. I hope to go back to Europe again and follow our previous footsteps when our girls grow up, want to show them where we once lived, their school, some of the places we went with them and everything else. For now we are exploring our surroundings and our beautiful state of Oregon.

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183 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. zulfikar biruni
    Aug 03, 2016 @ 19:46:35

    very very fascinating!

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  2. Rashminotes
    Feb 21, 2016 @ 07:08:58

    Lovely blog! Look forward to reading many of your posts; thanks for stopping by mine!

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  3. Kim
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 07:57:55

    This is the first time I read this and if i look at the list of blog post’s you’ve made, I pray to God for me to create a sort of the same list.
    I hope I’ll manage! Though im 14, almost 15 so I’m lucky with the countries I’ve already visited.
    It’s a great inspiration though!!!

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    • Globe Runner
      Nov 15, 2015 @ 11:47:03

      Hope your dream comes true one day Kim, you are still young and I pray to God too that someday you get to see the whole world and learn from each culture. Thanks for visiting my blog…cheers

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  4. Jacki
    Jul 12, 2015 @ 03:21:08

    Thanks for checking out one of my blog posts. I’m glad I found your blog that way, I loved reading your post about Costa Rica (my husband and I were contemplating to go there last feb, but decided on Argentina/Brasil last minute). Have a great weekend!

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  5. thatssojacob
    May 14, 2015 @ 10:51:35

    Hello Globe Runner! I’ve decided to read and follow 10 interesting and new blogs a day every day of May 2015, and yours is today’s #5! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy blogging!

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  6. Jessica Kim
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 23:00:10

    Wow! What a life you live. πŸ˜€ I am so glad to have found you here.

    – a fellow travel addict, Jess

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  7. rubypjohnson
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 12:12:14

    Oh my goodness! I am so honored you visited Ruby on Tuesday. Your photographs are just beautiful and so artistic. I am not a professional photographer or anywhere near that in skill. Again thank you. So nice to meet a Globe Runner!

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  8. Lynda
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 08:37:23

    Sounds like we’ve been on similar paths. Have enjoyed looking through your site! πŸ™‚

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  9. Foodoofus
    Nov 01, 2014 @ 09:11:26

    A blessing to have seen the world over. I have only just begun my journey and would hope to see as much before I start a family of my own. Cheers nice blog!

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  10. wersojourners
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 11:44:25

    We love traveling as well. πŸ™‚ You have an awesome blog.
    Thanks for taking time to pop by mine.

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  11. c_in_b
    Sep 26, 2014 @ 10:09:49

    Hi, just sampled your blog. I really like that you travel with kids. It provides such an interesting perspective. It reminded me of a speech I gave about travel. “One of the mistakes businessmen make when traveling internationally is they forget to bring their toddler with them.” Hope you enjoy.

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  12. rfljenksy
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 09:14:21

    An incredible list of travels lady.. and good for you to do it with kids. My own daughters are amazing travelers as well. Though we were not able to start until they were much older. Feel free to drop into Kathmandu. I have had about 3 stop in guests so far. Have about a year left here and then off to…???

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  13. i.am.glad
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 14:32:33

    very nice blog. you’re so lucky to travel all those places. I also have a one-year-old boy and that didn’t stop us also in exploring places. Cheers!

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  14. Rony
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 14:04:53

    All the very best with your blog.

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  15. jetgirlcos
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 06:55:14

    Great site! How lucky you are to go to all these places. I’m so glad you visited my site so now I have found yours! Thanks for sharing your stories,

    jetgirlcos visiting via Forty, c’est Fantastique

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  16. loveyourstyleblog
    Feb 02, 2014 @ 20:45:35

    Lovely story and a great blog! Thank you for stopping by and liking my post about Mexico

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  17. MaldivesDreamer
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 21:04:01

    Hi there! Thank you for keeping such a wonderful and inspiring blog. I look forward to each post. I have decided to give you the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I’d be delighted if you want to accept it πŸ™‚

    See my post for more info. http://maldivesdreamer.com/2014/01/31/sisterhood-of-the-world/

    All the best, Irene

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  18. MaldivesDreamer
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 19:46:33

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m so glad because it led me here. What a great blog you have. So many amazing adventures! Looking forward to following your journey. All the best, Irene πŸ™‚

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  19. Harold Green
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 17:16:05

    Thank you for β€œLiking” the post β€œLittle Guys & I”. Streets Of Our World. on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment. We hope you continue to join us on our journeys. Β 

    Best Regards,
    Harold

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  20. cmperna6710
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 12:30:40

    After you liked my post, I went to your page and the first post was about Edinburgh- I was just there a month ago and loved it! It’s really inspiring to read about a whole family traveling together. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  21. thebritishberliner
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 19:21:14

    Thank you so much for linking my page to yours. That’s so nice. I really like the fact that we have many things in common. We have families, we are both teachers, we like to write, and we love travelling. It couldn’t get any better than that. As you live on the Continent, I sure hope that we get to meet some day!

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  22. rigmover
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 15:43:09

    Hey thanks for the visit and like on my blog, you have a great blog here.

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  23. annetbell
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 17:32:34

    wow, your blog is amazing! Thanks for visit and like on my blog. i hope you will return again soon and often! Namaste. . . .

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  24. laurafayesmith
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 20:59:06

    Thanks for the like on my post, and I’m particularly glad you did it because it led me to your blog! What an inspiring life you’re leading, and how great for your kids to see so much of the world at such a young age. I saw in your “About” section that you used to teach in Portland, OR, which is where I live : )

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    • Globe Runner
      Sep 26, 2013 @ 22:44:27

      Wow, hello my fellow Portlandian…ye, It is once in a life time opportunity for us and our kids. Trying to travel as much as possible before going back to OR next year

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      • laurafayesmith
        Sep 27, 2013 @ 03:26:43

        Good for you – I think that’s so important! I didn’t travel till my early twenties after I had finished college, and I remember thinking how much more I would have gotten out of my education if I had traveled first. It just gives you such a different perception of the world, and what is out there. Your kids are lucky to have parents who are so adventurous!

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  25. ken and agnes photoworks
    Sep 21, 2013 @ 09:05:25

    hi globe runner,

    thanks for dropping by and liking my recent post.
    much appreciated.
    look forward to hearing more from you.

    best regards,
    kap

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  26. SooSooSees
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 04:47:04

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your overseas travels are good for those traveling with diaper bags. Appreciate your educating others!

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  27. Michael Evans Photographer
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 02:59:27

    Brilliant stuff here! Hello, and thank you for dropping by my blog and liking my pages – very much appreciated! All the best, Michael

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  28. Anil Cm
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 13:36:31

    Congrats!! You are nominated for an award of your choice. If you like to accept it, please visit to the link of my blog post:
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  29. GwendolineWilson
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 15:58:04

    Thank you for the like on my post on Dubrovnik and Montenegro. You have a lovely blog, and living in Belgium Is so handy for European travel. I wish you many happy stories, Garrulous Gwendoline, The Reluctant Retiree

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  30. holliegraceanne
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 23:40:45

    Awesome blog! From one wanderer to another.:)

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  31. WhiteTrinity
    May 28, 2013 @ 15:21:12

    Hi, You are so lucky to live in Belgium, and can travel to so many places in Europe. So many great experiences! Thanks for sharing with us. Mrs. J

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  32. Expat Eye
    May 08, 2013 @ 11:06:28

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and for liking my post! Linda.

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  33. Anna P.
    May 05, 2013 @ 18:25:39

    The photo of you and your kids is lovely: a gorgeous family. I looked at your blog cos you gave a ‘Like’to my first ever blog post. And I am so impressed at all the places you have visited with such young children- it can be tough and tiring.But good planning helps a lot. your children are at a lovely age.Actually every age is great.

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  34. writearoundnow
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:07:18

    What a great blog you have! I love it. It’s fantastic that you’ve been to so many places – thanks for sharing. I am hoping to visit Belgium someday – so I’m really enjoying all your pictures and notes. Thanks for visiting my blog, hope you’ll visit again.

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  35. thebestdressup
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 22:25:23

    ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

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  36. brennansuen
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 19:25:57

    Hey thanks for the like! Excited to read about a fellow traveler!

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  37. photobyjohnbo
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 01:42:43

    Thank you for liking my blog post. I look forward to reading about your travels as well.

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  38. Rusha Sams
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 00:14:43

    You are one brave lady!!!! Thanks for sharing your tips with us and for making me want to follow in your footsteps! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

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  39. lizpurvis
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 23:18:04

    Love the picture on the Spanish Steps! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  40. ukgardenfiend
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 20:17:35

    Hi there – I remember well travelling with babies – and the dirty nappies in the car boot! and how the customs guards were not impressed by my small son’s plastic gun! thanks for stopping by my blog. Come again!

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  41. literary imprint
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 21:35:32

    Thanks for liking my latest post about China. I am so pleased you did as I’ve discovered yours and its so inspirational and interesting! Brilliant blog. I am now following and look forward to reading more about your travels.

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  42. Julio Ibanez
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 14:21:15

    Great writing punctuated by wonderful photography! I’m glad you stopped by my blog or I would have never found yours! πŸ™‚

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  43. Anil Cm
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 16:55:28

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  45. tithimoni
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 05:33:01

    I don’t know if I’ll be lucky like you to travel around the globe. Your blogs might be as close as I can go regarding travels. You are my inspiration for travelling with kids and I admire you for doing that.

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  46. arrivalgate
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 10:00:34

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I love all the info on your site. It’s always so fun to see what other expats are up to!

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  47. A
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 16:00:05

    Hey there,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to like one of my posts. Your blog is truly inspirational. It’s so nice to see that the travel dream can continue even when one has kids. 加油 πŸ™‚

    A

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  48. catbirdinoman
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 14:55:44

    It’s great that you manage to travel, even with 2 little girls in tow. Good for you! It looks like you have the wanderlust more than I do! πŸ™‚

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  49. leggypeggy
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 12:26:46

    So glad you dropped in on my blog. Thanks. We got our children travelling at a young age too. Such a great education.

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  50. honeydidyouseethat?
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 00:32:36

    Thanks for dropping by “Honey.” We went overseas to Germany when our kids were one and three.

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  51. Jim Morrison
    Feb 28, 2013 @ 22:44:06

    My first visit to your blog took me to the Palace of Versailles. Great pictures. I showed them to my daughter who turned 25 today and will be returning to see the Palace within a couple of months. Her dream is to get a job there! Best wishes from the west coast of Canada, Jim.

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  52. wanderingcandy
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 17:56:10

    Thanks for liking my post. Keep on blogging and traveling! πŸ™‚

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  53. Danthonia
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 22:47:59

    Thank you for the like on my article “We are proud to announce…” I like the style of your blog. Keep up the good work.

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  55. missie
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 04:16:39

    Thanks for liking my Mississippi post! πŸ™‚ Happy travels!

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  56. AnilCm
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 10:25:55

    Dear friend, I have nominated you for the β€œBlog Of The Year 2012” award. See for the rules of that award at my post :
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  57. Say Gudday
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 16:57:39

    Gudday! Loving your blog. If you ever want to reach a new audience, come over to http://www.SayGudday.com and do some blogging there. We’d love to have you.

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  58. Charles Cottle
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 05:49:09

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, “Snapshots.” You have created a beautiful blog. I look forward to visiting often to read your commentary on so many interesting places.

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  59. Where's Wiwi?
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 14:57:31

    Thanks for visiting my humble blog! Happy travels to you

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  60. jiltaroo
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 01:01:17

    Your life sounds rich and beautiful. My parents did the same with us (4 children) and I truly admire your bravery. What lucky girls to grow up being introduced to so many wonderful cultures. Jen

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  61. Teresa
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 03:44:04

    Thanks for liking my post on the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope you have time to browse through my recipes and try out some of the recipes some time. Please let me know what you think of them.

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    Oct 24, 2012 @ 13:02:21

    Happy Vijaya Dasami !
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  63. talkavino
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 00:33:56

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post! Will be following your travel now : )

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  64. RobynG
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 00:20:42

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and liking “Mums Bloom”. I enjoyed the photo of you and your daughters on the Spanish Steps in Rome. I have very good memories about those steps. A very beautiful place.
    Please stop by again soon!
    Robyn

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    Oct 19, 2012 @ 11:50:00

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  66. Cindy G
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 22:27:50

    Great blog! πŸ™‚

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  67. ktzefr
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 03:26:42

    Nice blog. Gorgeous pictures.

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    Sep 22, 2012 @ 11:52:22

    Congratulations, I just nominated you for β€œOne Lovely Blog Award”:
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  69. Lesley
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 14:59:01

    Hello there! Due to my husband’s work with IMEC, we are moving to Tervuren in a few weeks. My 6year old will attend the International School in Brussels. We should connect and I can grill you for expat advice:) lesley.england@gmail.com. Take care.

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    • Globe Runner
      Sep 10, 2012 @ 23:28:25

      Hello, sorry for the late reply. We were in London for a week. Its aweome that you have a 6 yrs old too. Are you already in Tervuren? I will send you an email shortly

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  70. bosnae
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 20:34:59

    You should consider visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka, Počitelj, Bihac, Trebinje, Tuzla… Since you like traveling – this should be a life advanture πŸ™‚

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  71. Penny
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 03:08:13

    Cool blog and photos. Glad I found it. Thanks for stopping by my site.

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  72. ashokshenolikar
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 19:37:59

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I like your multiple interests and the love for writing.

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  73. Russ
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 13:23:40

    Hi I find your blog a very interesting place to spend time I have nominated you for a One Lovely Blog award, for more details please see here: http://dervishimages.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/one-lovely-blog-award/

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  75. nancymhayes
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 04:09:49

    Enjoyed your helpful post. Will be in Belgium ( Bruges, Flanders) in a few weeks via the Gorillas in Uganda. PS I’m Grandma x 4 now but have been there with the diapers ETC long ago. Good for you. It’s worth it.

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  76. TnV Fotografie
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 02:49:19

    Thanks very much for your interest in my recent post. I love travelling, and of course, I really like your blog, a very good Travel Guide πŸ˜‰ Wish you all the best πŸ™‚

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  77. unfoldthecreativity
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 22:48:18

    Thanks for liking my recent post. I think we share same passion travelling. πŸ™‚

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  78. lightfellow
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 22:52:11

    Decided to check out your blog after earning a ‘like’ from you for one of my post, and glad I am to click on the link! I love the pictures and will be following your posts from now on.

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  79. annettenasser
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 01:08:01

    We share the same passion in writting and travelling,

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  80. Shanomi
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 00:38:56

    Wow girl! You sure do get around. Thanks for stopping by my blog and the “Like” for “Days Gone By”.

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  81. moesneverhome
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 00:17:33

    Thanks for the Like. Great travelers think alike!

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  82. Tiara
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 07:23:40

    Hi,

    I came across your site http://journeyaroundtheglobe.com while browsing some travel sites. I must say you are doing a commendable job. I have been following you for quite some time. I am impressed by the initiative you are taking..
    I am a blogger & maintain few travel blogs. e.g. OneTravelBloggers, Footloosetraveller.com. At present I am working with OneTravel. Our sites can be useful to one another. So, I offer you to do some partnership.
    I have some options for you.

    1. I could cover you on my blog and in return I would like a back link for my website from your blog within the content.
    2. If you allow guest blogging I would be glad to write a blog post as a guest blogger. Within the post there would be a single link to my website.
    3. I am also fine with guest blogging. I will generate an id for you on my blog where you can post as you like and in return you need to link myself from any of your post.
    4. We both can do guest blogging for each other where we can add links to our respective websites.
    5. On top of giving link from my blog, I can also give you some links from other websites that I am managing.

    You may visit our website http://www.onetravel.com. & blog http://onetravelbloggers.com/ http://www.footloosetraveller.com.

    Let me know your views soon.

    Regards

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  83. aimsphotos
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 02:51:58

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! So glad your “like” brought me to yours! Very excited to follow you and see what happens! (It’s so cool to see how other people travel and learn from other’s experiences!) Always, Aims from http://www.aimsphotos.wordpress.com

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    • Globe Runner
      Jun 26, 2012 @ 11:24:35

      Oh…You just read my mind, I love reading travel blogs and how others take-on and explore different places. Thanks for stopping by, glad to have you on board πŸ™‚

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  84. Reme
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 17:00:33

    Well done! So proud of you.

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  85. Jo Fredric
    May 06, 2012 @ 09:42:36

    Thanks for visiting our blog and liking my post. You seem to be having a wonderful time, and it will be an amazing experience for your girls. I travelled with my family when I was 11 and it was incredible. I’m really glad we are taking this trip now, just the two of us, but I hope we will also take our children travelling one day (or many days, to many different places!).

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  86. Robin Jean Marie
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 14:54:57

    Thanks for stopping by my site. This is such a wonderful opportunity for your family, and good for you for taking advantage of it. πŸ™‚

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  87. Michelle
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 01:28:01

    What a nice story! One day when I have a family, I hope I will still have the courage to travel as well.

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  88. Fariha Karim
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 07:19:25

    You will be our soul guide when we get chance to explore Europe πŸ™‚

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  89. Omi
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 02:10:30

    Proud of you guys! Carry on this spirit.

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