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31st May
2011
written by Hazel

We made it to Niagara Falls, Canada and checked in to a cute little cabin.  It had two bedrooms, a living room, bathroom, and really nice lawn with picnic table out back.  We were worried about the weather since there were thunderstorms in the area, but in the end we were so lucky because it was sunny during the day and the big storms came at night.  Our hotel was close enough to the falls that we could walk down, and we had fun taking lots of photos on the way.  Click on any of these to see the photo gallery!

Canadian Phone Booth

Canadian Phone Booth

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30th May
2011
written by Hazel

Was in New Jersey!  I got a nasty tick bite.  Those things are so gross.  Justin had to dig it out with a needle and tweezers.  And we thought we had escaped that kind of thing when we returned from South America unscathed!!!

Giant tick (from the horse, not the one from me!!!)

Giant tick (from the horse, not the one from me!!!)

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28th May
2011
written by Justin

Because we were already heading to upstate New York for my sister’s graduation from Cornell Vet, Hazel and I thought it’d be fun to go up to see Niagara Falls.  Even Dad hadn’t ever been there!  So we packed up the car with the four of us (Mom, Dad, Hazel and me) and the dog Izsak.  Mom found a neat place called the Grand Canyon (of Pennsylvania) that is about halfway (4 hours drive) from Marlton to Niagara and we had a nice little stop there complete with hiking:

The Grand Canyon!

The Grand Canyon!

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26th May
2011
written by Hazel

While we were in the Philadelphia area we had to have a Philly Cheesesteak.  There are two famous spots to eat them, Pat’s and Geno’s, and they are right across the intersection from each other.  We chose Geno’s because the line was shorter, it looks fancier, he’s had some crazy political controversy, and we had never had either, so we had to start somewhere!

Lining up in the street!

Lining up in the street!

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22nd May
2011
written by Hazel

We’re having such a wonderful time here in New Jersey!  It’s pretty amazing to be living in a house for a little while again, speaking a language we know well, and getting to spend a lot of time with family.  We’ve even managed to have some adventures, a haircut, and a bit of new clothing!

A few days ago we went down to Cape May, a nice town in the far south of New Jersey.  It is one of the best birdwatching places in the US and since my dad was with us we got to see a lot of different birds – 80 species in the same day!  We had a guest photographer, my mom, since she is looking at cameras for when she meets up with us in Africa, so all of the photos in this post were taken by her.

Hundreds of birds at Cape May

Hundreds of birds at Cape May

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20th May
2011
written by Hazel

Party it up dude!

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20th May
2011
written by Hazel

We had an easy bus trip back from Trindade to Rio and got to spend a couple of days in the city before heading on.  We stayed at a hostel in Le Blon, a nice neighborhood in the far south of the city.  The only problem with this was that it is a little far from the areas with stuff to do, so when we arrived at the bus station we immediately had to deal with a long trip through town and then out the other side.  We made it eventually with the help of a friendly local and got settled into an 8 person dorm.  Everyone at the hostel was really friendly, but it was a pretty noisy place, so not so much with the sleeping there.

Our first day in the city we walked up the incredible beaches and just took a good look around.  Rio is a beautiful city and the beaches were worth spending some time on.  We saw Le Blon beach, Ipanema beach, and Copacabana beach.  It was sunny in the morning, but then we had a pretty strong rain in the afternoon.  They said the weather was going to improve though, so we signed up for a city tour the next day so that we could see some of the big city landmarks.

We had an amazing sunny day and were picked up at the hostel in a big 16 person van.  Our first stop was the famous statue of Christ that looks down over Rio.  It is up on a mountain behind the city and was pretty crowded with tourists.  We had fun looking out at the views and taking a ton of pictures.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

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15th May
2011
written by Hazel

We enjoyed our beach relaxation time in Paraty so much that we decided to head about 40 minutes south to Trindade, a tiny town known for having really incredible beaches.  And they were perfect.

Justin on the beach in Trindade

Justin on the beach in Trindade

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14th May
2011
written by Justin

So Hazel and I have been up to some serious tourism in the most recent months and we decided that we needed some time to relax.  What better place in the world to lounge around than Brazil?

The Beach

The Beach

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8th May
2011
written by Justin

Because Hazel wasn’t feeling well during our hiking around Machu Picchu, I went up the mountain nearby myself. This was a really amazing hike – not only do you get great aerial views of Machu Picchu, but you also see tons of flora just not found elsewhere on the site.  I’ll leave the talking up to the following pictures.  I have tons of others in the Best and Rest albums as well!

Orchids found low on Montaña Machu Picchu

Orchids found low on Montaña Machu Picchu

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