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Rhodes, Greece

The island of Rhodes was just starting to buzz. Tourists will be coming in droves, soon, but we found the island ‘natural’ and sparse with visitors. A great time to holiday here! It wasn’t our first time to Greece. Prior we had visited Santorini, Athens…

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Cambridge, UK

The long Easter Weekend (Fri and Mon were holidays) allowed us to visit Akiko/Jonathon/JoJo in Cambridge. We loved their hospitality and Vivi/JoJo got to play together. Our friends live in town centre permitting great strolls around the historic, college town. Even better, they live steps…

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Cinderella

It has been an extended Cinderella experience for Vivian. Started in Disney world (mouse house) as she meet Cinderella. Returning back to the UK, we went to London meeting up with Josh/Heide/Heston to see the Cinderella exhibit (Leicester square). Then we saw Cinderella the movie…

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Penguins!

Vivian’s movie number 2, in theatre, was the Penguins of Madagascar. Her fondest memory? The pink octopus! So much for the cute, cuddly penguins…

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Paddington Bear

Vivian saw her first movie in theatre – Paddington! “A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not…

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Greenwich, London, UK

Visited “the home of time,” Greenwich, UK today. East of London sits this masterpiece of time (the Meridian line) and space (massive green space sitting below the Royal observatory) and history (at the National Maritime Museum). Welcome to Greenwich, home to a World Heritage Site,…

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Washington, DC

Final stop! Washington, DC and Virginia. We’ve settled that this area will be our home come 2016. Now to find a house. This area has loads of ‘mixed’ housing meaning you get an old, dilapidated property sitting next to a new million dollar home. We…

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Atlanta

After San Francisco, we traveled to Atlanta in search of houses. Our search was focused around John’s Creek area. We found many lovely houses – all which would be perfect for our family. However, in the end, we have settled on Washington, DC as our…

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San Francisco

Traveled to the Guidewire user conference, Connections, in San Francisco. Was able to have the family come along. Ningning and Vivian enjoyed their days roaming the parks around downtown San Fran while I worked. This was the first of 3 USA cities – Atlanta and…

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Russia Revisited

One of Guidewire’s customers in Russia needed some extra help for a week. I jumped at the opportunity to go help them – and revisit Russia where I had lived several years back. The visit allowed me to travel the metro (famed for its architecture)…