Kiwis in Bare Feet

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Beijing, China

Beijing is the capital of one of the oldest and most traditional cultures in the world. We can only now appreciate the immense culture and history after having visited.

    Fast Five Favourites:

    • Great Wall - The reason we wanted to visit Beijing. An incredible place to experience.
    • Temple of Heaven - The temple is magnificent and the surrounding park filled with locals going about there day made it even more enjoyable. It's so unique that it didn't feel like we were just visiting another temple.
    • Forbidden City - Taking a step back in time to the home of China's many emperors was a fascinating experience. It's so vast it seems like a small city once you are inside the gates. It was especially interesting to visit after seeing the Forbidden City.
    • Hutongs and Old Beijing - We loved exploring the Hutongs, just north of the Forbidden City.
    • Markets - It felt like a must to experience the markets of the world's largest manufacturer of goods.

    Tips:

    • We decided to visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. It is about a 2-hour drive from the city which means that it is not as busy as sections closer to the city can be. Our private driver picked us up at 7am and we were able to beat the morning traffic before enjoying the Great Wall with nobody around. It was magical.
    • We used a private driver from Miles Meng. They were excellent to deal with and the car was new and comfortable. The driver offered very good service. For a slight premium to a taxi, it was well worth it.
    • At the Great Wall, our driver purchased all of our tickets and dropped us near the entrance. We decided to take the cable car up one end and travel down by toboggan on the other end. This route is mostly downhill if you are traveling with young kids. If you're up for a hike you can spend the whole day enjoying one of the great engineering masterpieces. Lilah was actually not allowed on the toboggan as she was too small. We walked back to the entrance and it was enjoyable.
    • Many people visit areas of the wall that are not as rebuilt and made for tourists like Mutianyu. When Lilah is older we might revisit the wall with her and perhaps stay a night or two near one of the less known areas of the wall.
    • Both the Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City are places you could spend a whole day. There's so much to see and take in. Being with Lilah, we were happy with spending half a day at both places.
    • We hired a guide at Forbidden City. This was money well spent. The stories from the time of the emperor are very interesting and bring the place to life. It's best to purchase tickets beforehand. We arrived early and there were no lines but there were a lot of people! The best viewpoint is from the park just outside the city, and you can also visit Tiananmen Square located on the opposite end.
    • The Hutongs to the North of the Forbidden city were amazing. We loved experiencing some of the more authentic areas and some of the more modern areas. There are a couple of lakes where you can enjoy a leisurely walk before visiting the Hutongs. We would definitely explore them more next time. There were also Hutongs to the East and South of the Forbidden city that we didn't quite have enough time to see. We had the most amazing hot pot in this area and would recommend trying one.
    • We spent 4 nights in Beijing and October was a nice time to visit. The climate was not too hot or cold. We did not have time to visit the summer palace so one more night may be necessary if you wanted to fit this in without rushing too much. We would recommend staying near a subway station.
    • The pollution was fine apart from our last day there. The smog was so strong that we didn't spend much time outside at all. It's probably not something you can plan for but we were glad that we got to see the blue skies of Beijing mostly.
    • Make sure to try the famous Peking duck and the hot pots!
    • Using the subway system is easy and convenient. It's probably a better option than driving as the traffic can be very busy.

    Baby on Board:

    • We used our stroller mostly everywhere we went and it was fine. A stroller that you can easily fold up would be convenient for the subway.
    • On the Great Wall, Lilah walked most of the way. This worked well as we were going predominantly downhill. If you're up for an adventure and a longer hike, a carrier would be a good option.
    • Obviously, the pollution is something to keep an eye on with a baby. We were very aware of the levels using the AQICN website. We also had a face mask for each of us just incase.
    • The locals may want a photo with your little ones. We didn't mind but there was one time when we asked a lady to leave Lilah alone when she clearly wasn't in the mood to be in her selfie.
    • There were many food options. Lilah was able to eat everything that we did.

    Five things the photos do not show:

    • The smog was crazy on our last day! You could literally see no more than a few meters in front of you. Thankfully it is something that the government is addressing.
    • Lilah thought we were in "vagina" the whole time. Luckily no one was listening to her close enough or able to understand her running around the airport before we left in Korea. She did end up being able to say China by the end of the trip. She loved it so much she keeps asking when we are going back.
    • The number of people everywhere! It is what you expect with a population in excess of 20 million but it's a different feeling seeing it.
    • The internet as we know it is non-existent. Instagram, Facebook, Google, Youtube are all banned. Make sure to purchase a VPN beforehand, and even then it is going to be glitchy.
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    Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Xi'an, China

    With its close proximity to Beijing via the high-speed train and the Terracotta Army, we couldn't look past Xi'an on our first trip to China.

    Fast Five Favorites:

    • Terracotta Army- Dubbed the archeological find of the century, it is absolutely mindblowing to see 100s of the perfectly crafted warriors that make up the Terracotta Army (8000 have been recovered to date).
    • Mount Huashan- We didn't originally plan to visit the mountains here but a well-traveled friend said that it was one of the most beautiful places he has ever traveled to. We were not disappointed. It is spectacular!
    • City Walls- Perhaps one of the most underrated places we have visited. The ancient city wall of Xi'an is a whopping 14 km long. A unique and amazing way to experience the city.
    • Muslim Quarter- Xi'an was one endpoint of the historic Silk Road. Muslims have settled here for generations. Their influence can be seen in the architecture and the goods being sold in the markets.
    • Street Markets- Visiting on a Saturday night, the markets here were some of the liveliest we have visited. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was delicious.

    Tips:

    • The Terracotta Army is a premier attraction in China. With over a billion people living in China, it’s important to get to these places early. We were there around 8:30 am and were able to enjoy it before the wave of tour groups (there are a lot!). It was easy to take a taxi and purchase our tickets at the entrance (I can imagine long lines in peak season, or at midday). We went to the main pit first to enjoy it with only a few people around. If you’re there early enough it might be worth visiting the less popular pits and the museum before seeing the most famous and best pit.
    • We booked our high-speed train to Beijing prior to our trip with China DIY Travel. They were excellent to deal with and we were comfortable knowing we had our seats booked (it’s not easy to book trains in China over the internet). The small commission was worth it.
    • Mount Huashan can be a big day trip so we made it as convenient as possible. We took the subway to Xi’an North station and then purchased a high-speed train ticket to Huashan (about 30 minutes). You can take a shuttle bus to the mountain entrance, but for convenience, we took a local taxi (20 RMB). He also got all of our tickets at the agent near the train station (by the way it’s quite expensive to visit!). A short ride and we were at the entrance. From here we took a bus to the west peak cable car (about 90 minutes) and the cable car to the top (about 30 minutes). From here we hiked to the South Peak, East Peak, and then North Peak (where there’s a shorter cable car ride to the bottom and a 30-minute bus ride back to the entrance). It is a lot steeper beginning from the North Peak if you fancy it! We went back to the train station and we purchased a high-speed train to Xi’an. The trains are frequent so it’s probably best to book when you get there as it’s not easy to know what time you will need it. All up we were on the mountain by 11am and left around 2:30pm. This was enough time to do the route and have lunch/enjoy the views (We did not go to the top of the East peak). Of course, take some water and snacks, but there are places to eat.
    • You can even stay on the mountain and watch the sunrise! Or walk the plank along the side of the cliff (get there early for this as the line forms quite quickly).
    • The south entrance of the city walls is the most convenient to get to by subway. The entrance is just above the station. From here you can bike the entire wall or leave your bike at one of the other main entrances.
    • The street markets at night had a lively vibe and atmosphere. You can also see the Bell and Drum towers lit up. They are the symbols of Xi’an and quite a sight. The beef inside small buns at the markets were amazing!
    • It’s easy to get around Xi’an by subway.
    • Keep an eye on the air pollution. It’s best to download an app or check a site like AQICN. We did notice it at times and one evening we decided to stay in with Lilah.
    • VPN - if you didn’t know China blocks a lot of sites like Google, Instagram, and Facebook. They can be important when traveling for various reasons so it might be a good idea to download a VPN before visiting. We asked our friend who lives there and he recommended ExpressVPN which we found to be good.
    • We found 3 nights was okay for us to do what we wanted to do, but wouldn’t have minded another day just to explore. October was also a nice time to visit temperature wise.
    • We stayed just out of the city walls at the Sheraton. The best thing was that it was right next to a subway station. 
    • Not many places would accept our cards and we found that we needed more cash than we are used to carrying while traveling.

    Baby on Board:

    • Huashan was a big day trip that we had to think a lot about. Taking the most convenient transport meant it was fine with Lilah. Having a good carry pack is important (we use the Phil and Teds carrier) as well as lots of snacks and water.
    • There are no baby bikes on the city walls. We improvised having Lilah in her carrier with Riki biking. It worked fine for us and was a good workout!
    • Apart from booking the high-speed train beforehand, everything else we booked on the day.
    • We had read on Instagram someone recommending a stroller for the Terracotta warriors and were glad we took ours. It’s quite a walk from the entrance and back through different paths and shops.
    • We had masks but we were very lucky with the air pollution during our stay. We would recommend taking one just in case.

    Five things the photos do not show:

    • Lilah explored a lot in her pajamas. This was the best way to visit the night markets as she could go straight home to bed. She loved it as she’s not often out at night.
    • The cliffside hiking on Mount Huashan was something else! Some of the paths are along sheer drop-offs and it’s known as the scariest hike in the world. It’s actually fine if you stay on the intended routes and we never felt unsafe with Lilah. We were feeling a little nervous being up that high in the cable car.
    • Our taxi driver to the Terracotta Warriors dropped us at a point quite a distance from the main entrance as he was trying to get some commission from a friend who was a guide. It would be fair to say we were pretty annoyed at having to walk back to the entrance with Lilah. 
    • When we arrived at the city entrances, we realized we did not have enough cash to purchase entry tickets. Riki went to find an ATM and by the time he got back, they had decided to close that entrance for some time (exact time could not be communicated). We needed to walk 25 minutes to the next entrance and it was stressful because we were worried we would be too late to enter or rent bikes. We were happy to get on our bikes!
    • The look on people's faces was hilarious as Riki rode past on the city walls with Lilah on his back in the carrier. We tried to video their reactions but it was too tricky and Sonita was a hazard trying to capture while biking!


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    Monday, October 22, 2018

    Living in Busan

    Living in Busan has been one of the best decisions we have ever made for our family. This city feels like home and we love everything about it! You are never too far from both the mountains and beaches. We strongly believe that we have only scratched the surface of this city in just over a year. We will add to this blog post as we find more gems.

    Fast Five Favourites:

    • Gamcheon Cultural Village - Our favorite place to take visitors. The colorful houses, winding alleys, cafes, shops, artwork, and beautiful views make for a nice day out.
    • Temples - We’ve been to Haedong Yongunggsa many times as it’s near Haeundae where we live. It’s unique as it’s located on the ocean which means you can enjoy the temple along with the ocean views. Beomeosa is great for autumn colors, and Swamgangsa is the best place to see all of the lanterns leading up to Buddha’s birthday. 
    • Hikes and walks - We like to venture up to Hwangeongsan mountain often. From the carpark, it’s about a 10 minute walk which makes it very accessible. The 360-degree views over Busan and to the ocean are amazing. On a Sunday morning, it is not very busy. It has the most stunning night time views too! Jangsan peak and Igidae coastal walk are two other famous hikes in Busan that we would recommend. 
    • Nature - This has a lot to do with the time of year. The cherry blossoms in Spring (late March/early April) are incredible and so are the autumn colors (late October/early November). A highlight of our year has been the pink muhly grass.
    • Beaches - Haeundae is the main beach. This means it can get busy, particularly in summer. But it is also where most of the action and events are. Grab something to eat at one of the beachfront cafes and enjoy the ocean views. Songjoeng is not far from Haeundae, where you can also enjoy a beachside walk and coffee. We like this beach as it is less crowded. For a quieter city beach and vibe, head to Gwangalli. 

    Tips:


    • Make sure to follow the stream up to Jangsan peak. This is the most scenic way up with the lowest incline. There are other tracks that are a little steeper and off the beaten path if you like that. This hike is about 3 hours return on average. 
    • The temperatures are nice in June and the sun is usually out (late June to late July is typically when the most rain hits). July-August is typically when the humidity and heat is the highest and it can be unpleasant at times. From December to March, winter has set in and it can get quite chilly. 
    • Depending on what you would like to do, about 5 nights would be a good amount of time to spend in Busan. It’s a big city and you could easily stay a week or two. 
    • Some of our favorite places to eat: Bake House (at the top of Dalmaji Hill), Smokehouse and Lable (located in Pale De Cz on Haeundae beach), Dal Thai (not far from the Bake House), Hurgsiru traditional duck restaurant in Gijang (about 25 minutes from Haeundae). Make sure to book a day before to order duck. This is a unique experience where you eat in traditional yellowstone caves. Gimbap and Korean BBQ are our favorite local foods. We get Gimbap at the shop above Jundong station, and there are many BBQ places around (Anga near Jundong station is where we often go as it’s close by). OPS is our favorite chain bakery if you need something quick to eat on the go.
    • Dalmaji road all the way to Songjeong beach, Hwangeongsan mountain, Samik apartments in Gwangalli, and Oncheonchon stream are our favorite places to see cherry blossoms. You can find pink muhly grass near the airport at Daejeon Ecological park. View our cherry blossom blog post here.
    • Start at the end of the Igidae coast where Oryukdo Islands are for more of a downward hike, and make sure to follow the coast all the way along. It’s about 3-4 hours. 
    • Markets - Jalgachi market is the largest seafood market in Korea. There’s all sorts of fresh seafood and be prepared for a cultural shock! Haeundae markets are small, but located by the beach and have a nice local feel. Nampo-dong is where you can find the main markets in Busan (and a lot of modern brands and shops). During the festive season in December, the streets are lit with beautiful lights everywhere.
    • Shopping - We often head to Shinsegae (where most of Busan shops). The shopping is great and so is the food court. Lotte outlet mall (near Haedong Yongungssa temple) is also a great place to shop. 
    • Feel like a workout? You can find many outdoor gyms at parks and public spaces. They are free to use and a fun experience.
    • Feeling brave? Head to one of the Jimjilbang for a unique experience at the spa. There are many baths and many naked bodies. It is a cultural awakening for sure. 
    • Buses and trains are an easy and affordable way to get around. It’s the cleanest subway we’ve used in the world. Taxies are also very reasonable. If you need an English speaking taxi driver, send us a DM!
    • The UN memorial is one of the only and the biggest UN cemetery in the world. It’s the most important site in the city where you can appreciate the history of the Korean War. 
    • Favorite websites for local happenings: Dynamic BusanHaps KoreaExpats in Busan FB page.

    Baby/Toddler on Board:

    • Busan caters to children extremely well! The kid's cafes here are on another level! You can relax and enjoy food and drinks while your little babes play. Our regulars are Kid's President (across from Emart), Chouchoubonbon (near Marine City), Tayo Kids Cafe, Lilliput, Jumping On, and the kid's playroom in the Science Museum (located in Gijang). There are also many outdoor playgrounds around the city. Most of the larger apartment blocks will have a playground and we use these often with no problem.
    • Lilah calls all of the temples tree houses so she loves to play there. 
    • The beaches are very child-friendly and easy to swim in with small waves. They close the beach to swimmers in September (officially) which seems very early considering how warm it still is. People still swim but you may be told to get out of the water, something to be prepared for.
    • We have been able to find everything that we need for Lilah in Busan. Costco and Emart are our regular one-stop shops. 

    Five things the photos do not show:

    • Busan has been recently voted the best destination in Asia by Lonely Planet.
    • English is not a common language in Busan. It can be frustrating at times but our advice would be to embrace it and enjoy the ride. We live in Haeundae where there are quite a lot of foreigners but we will often go to dinner and need to communicate with nods and smiles.
    • We have had many friends and family members come to stay with us in Busan. It is very special to show them around our new home.
    • We are fortunate to work for a wonderful school who helped us a lot with settling into Korean life. Lilah is learning Korean faster than us!
    • We escape Winter for three weeks each Christmas to go home to New Zealand. After living in Saudi Arabia, for three years we really felt the cold last Winter! We definitely prefer Spring, Summer, and Autumn.
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    Saturday, September 15, 2018

    Nusa Penida-Day Trip

    Nusa Penida rates as one of the best day trips we have taken. This was largely due to the tour company we used who made everything so easy for us. We were in awe of the natural beauty on the island!

    Fast Five Favourites:

    • Angel's Billabong-natural infinity pool with crystal clear water.
    • Manta Bay-huge manta rays swimming below.
    • Kelingking T-rex-Insta famous costal cliff that truely does resemble a t-rex!
    • Broken Beach-another mother nature spectacle. An incredible little cover archway that has been formed over many years.
    • Crystal Bay-a lovely beach to relax or snorkel at the end of the day. 

    Tips:

    • While visiting Nusa Penida we saw some of the most risky photos we have ever seen people trying to get. Please be careful! Literal edge of the cliff stuff. 
    • Make sure you keep updated on the weather condition and ocean swells. At times during our stay the speed boats were not running. It seems to be much safer now than in the past. 
    • There were a few spots where the locals were collecting a small entrance fee.
    • We saw so many injured people from driving mopeds! If you are not confident driving a moped, some areas the terrain may just be too rough for you. And it looks like a long way on a scooter.
    • We loved our day trip but if we had more time we would definitely stay a few nights. There is so much to see and do. This tree house Air Bnb looks epic! It's right next to Nusa Lembongan and many people do combine the two. 
    • We met a few people who were going to swim with the giant manta rays the next morning. How amazing would that be?!
    • Be prepared to swim in Angels Billabong. It is an incredible site, but when we were there the sea was a bit rough for swimming. 
    • There's enough time to hike down to Kelingking beach if you fancy the adventure. It does look beautiful down there but it looked a little challenging with Lilah (maybe it would have been okay if we had taken our backpack). 
    • There's a less crowded beach a short walk over from Crystal Bay. We didn't make it there though and were happy relaxing not far from our car at the end of the day. 
    • Nusa Penida Explorer (www.nusapenidaexplorer.com) were fantastic right from organising the trip to the service on the day. We did not have to think about a thing from the moment we left our villa. Well worth the 2 million IDR. They were easy to deal with using WhatsApp. 
    • Once on Nusa Penida we met our guide and were off straight away in our private 4WD that was very spacious and comfortable. The road is mostly okay with the roughest part heading to Angels Billabong. It took about 1 1/2 hours to get to Angels Billabong from the harbour and Broken Beach is a short walk from there. It was then about 45 minutes to Kelingking Beach (we stopped for lunch on the way - which was pretty good). We then made our way to Crystal Bay which was about 40 minutes, before our trip back to the harbour at the end of the day (about 25 minutes). Overall it was a scenic drive and we felt well balanced with the amount of time we had at each place. 

    Baby on Board:

    • We weren't sure whether  to take on such a big day trip with Lilah and went back and forth with our decision making. We're so glad we did as it's stunning there. Being with a very good private tour company also meant that it was safe and we were able to be flexible. Lilah was amazing all day and had a good sleep in the car. It helped that we were in Canggu for the week and had quite a relaxing time there. This was the one day trip we took. 
    • It's quite a long trip at around 12 hours door to door. Breaking the trip up with the drive to Sanur harbour from Canggu (45 minutes) then the speed boat to Nusa Penida (30 minutes) was quite good with Lilah as she was able to have a play outside. 
    • You really need to trust your driver when in Nusa Penida. We have seen broken roads before but this really was something else! We had lots of snacks with us which we were grateful for as we were in the car for a large part of the day. Many roads are single lane so knowing the roads is important. 
    • We didn't have Lilah's carry pack and it was fine to carry her. Most places you could drive pretty close to. 
    • The safety at Kelingking is reliant on a bamboo railing. We were very careful carrying Lilah.

    Five things the photos do not show:

    • Lilah vomited in the taxi on the way to get the ferry to Nusa Penida. She rarely gets car sick but she did this day. We even contemplated going home but thankfully she was fine. We felt terrible and gave the driver a big tip for all the vomit in his car!
    • Boats to Nusa Penida had been cancelled for a few days prior to our trip because of the weather. A foreign lady tried to tell us that if went to Nusa Penida we would be stuck there and unable to return to Canggu. We later realized that she was desperate to get back to her home on the island and wanted our seats as all of the tickets were sold out.
    • We saw a girl fly off her scooter and it was really scary! Thankfully she stood straight up and looked more embarrassed than anything. We were happy a car didn't come speeding around the corner at the same time.
    • Lilah was having the time of her life in the sand. It got stuck everywhere so we paid $2 to give her a shower with a bucket and freezing cold water. She did not enjoy that at all!
    • Our driver and tour guide were so cute with Lilah. She fell in love with the toy monkey sticking to the window of the 4WD so they let her have it.
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    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    Canggu, Bali

    Canggu has burst in popularity over the past few years and is now quite a popular place to visit. It's not as built up as other areas yet and still has a relaxing holiday vibe.

    Fast Five Favourites:

    • Cafes- A major attraction staying in the area. Crate is probably the most popular and was our favorite. We also enjoyed Cafe Organic, Avocado Factory, and the Vietnamese food from Banh Mi & Beans was delicious. Coffee Cartel, Sea Circus and Kynd Community were a few places nearby in Seminyak that we enjoyed.
    • Sunsets- Bali generally is popular for it’s sunsets. Most nights we enjoyed beautiful sunsets on the beach in Canggu, which was a short walk from our villa. 
    • Villa- There’s so many nice options for Villas and the price was very reasonable. We enjoyed our stay at Hidden River Cottage (on Airbnb). It was clean, spacious and had everything we needed - including a small plunge pool to cool off in. The service and staff are excellent and we were able to hire a scooter directly from the villa. 
    • Beach restaurants/bars- La Laguna has a beautiful outdoor area on the beach with a fairytale setting. It was great to relax on bean bags with Lilah and watch the sunset. The well known beach club, Finns, was a nice way to spend the day. It’s $50 per person for a sun chair which you can then use as a tab. It was a nice place to relax with Lilah. She enjoyed a pineapple juice at the pool bar, the beach, sleeping on the sun loungers, and good music. 
    • Kids cafes- La Casita was our favorite as it was close by and the playground was perfect for Lilah. It’s also located in a nice setting next to rice fields. The Jogolo was another one we visited. The menu was good but the playground was more suited to kids a little older. 

    Tips:

    • Many of the cafes listed above are as popular in real life as they are on Instagram. We found it to be a little less busy if we went for an early lunch or dinner.
    • The party vibe was turning up in the afternoon as we were leaving Finns. It felt like good timing with Lilah.
    • Book ahead at La Laguna, there were many tables reserved.
    • The popular villas on Airbnb sell out quick. We would recommend booking early, especially during the dry season. In saying that, there are many options!
    • We spent 8 nights in Canggu. We didn't do much in terms of sightseeing, it was more a place to chill and relax for us at the end of our summer vacation.
    • We are glad we found a place with the pool as we didn't find the beach to be very swim friendly, especially with Lilah.
    • If you didn't already know, it is a great place for a surfing holiday. We saw many people learning to surf. With reasonably priced accommodation, extended stays were popular.

    Baby on Board:

    • If Lilah was to choose her favorite spot in Canggu it would be La Casita! She asked to go back multiple times and never wanted to leave. The waitresses are super sweet and love to play with the children when it is not busy. We met up with another family here and it was the perfect spot to chat and enjoy food while the kids played.
    • There were not many footpaths which was a surprise for us. This made using the stroller a struggle. After one attempt we decided to get a scooter. To be honest we felt safer driving with her on the scooter than walking with her on the side of the road. We were able to buy a small helmet for Lilah at a local shop. We chose not to drive with her at night when it is busier and a little crazier. There’s a random little road through rice paddies (although it is the main road!) that connects Canggu and Seminyak. It can get completely jammed at night and with one narrow lane.
    • We found the supermarket to be relatively expensive. Thankfully, it was cheap to eat out. We do like to have snacks for Lilah at home though, we wish we had a bit more of them with us as we spent a small fortune on goldfish crackers.

    Five things the photos do not show:

    • We met up with @thejetsettingfamily and @wanderintwo while staying in Canggu. It really is something else meeting with people you are following and are inspired by on Instagram. We are excited to meet more families in the future! 
    • Sonita had her flip flops taken within five minutes of leaving them on the sand at the beach. We have become so relaxed after living in Korea where we have left our phones on the bus and they are returned to us.
    • Lilah loves when we get a foot massage! She will chat away to us and play with the many extra therapists waiting for customers. At one particular spa near our home the workers really opened up to us about how tough it is for them. We always try to leave tips and love to see the smiles spread across their faces. Many of them were away from their own young children and were teary eyed watching Lilah giggle and play.
    • The waiters were very sweet and understanding at La Laguna. Lilah was playing for hours, getting sand all through their beautiful picnic blanket. We really should have left while the going was good as she became overtired and threw a massive tantrum just after the sunset. We left in a hurry and had to return as we left Peppa Pig behind :)
    • Our villa was near the water and set amongst a lot of greenery which was beautiful. We did see a few too many creepy crawlies, big spiders, a scorpion in the bathroom, and a biawak (a huge lizard related to the Komodo dragon) relaxing by the pool. This wasn't much though in comparison to our stay in Manuel Antonio where we counted seven snakes during our stay in the jungle.
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