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Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki, aka MarocMama

This installment of local voices profiles the life of Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki. We dive into her move from Wisconsin to North Africa, converting to Islam, blogging her way through a new culture  and all the other fun details.

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Disney Paris Mainstreet

Like many other loyal Californians, we are major Disney fans. Ryan’s Mom even had the opportunity to meet Walt Disney when she was a child. She visited Disneyland before it opened to the public in 1955. We frequent the park in Anaheim (near Los Angeles) and have both visited Disney World in Florida.

When the opportunity arose for us to explore Disney in Paris we were thrilled. Here is how both the Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios parks measured up.

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Bohinj Bistrica, Slovenia 

We took an unplanned trip into the Julian Alps in Slovenia and ended up finding one of our favorite spots we’ve ever visited. After our magical trip to Slovenia in 2011 we were more than happy to pass through some new parts of the country and to experience Slovenian life beyond our previous visits to Ljubljana and Lake Bled.

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Palate Perfección

I just returned from an idyllic week in Girona Spain. I was there for the Travel Blog...

Land at The Bird Rock Hotel

Nestled in the heart of San Juan Island’s downtown is the Friday’s Historic Inn...

Konnichiwa Japan: Geishas, Sushis and Bingo

I very rarely meet travelers who don’t want to visit Japan. There is some...

Local Voices: Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki

 This installment of Local Voices features Amanda, an American woman living...

WanderGuide: Malta

For those who aren’t familiar, Malta is a European country located 50 miles south...

Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali

The small river rushes 10 feet below me as I traverse a very narrow bamboo bridge at the...

Destination Romance: Viceroy Bali

The act of researching the perfect hotel for a honeymoon or special get-a-way can be...

La Residence Phou Vao

As you slowly gain ground up the hill that takes guests away from Luang Prabang and into...

Dock your Boat at the Mekong Riverview Hotel

Discover an oasis in Luang Prabang situation directly on the Mekong River

Local Voices: Alejandro Sanchez Rivera

Name: Alejandro Sanchez Rivera Occupation: Owner, Kojyu Cocina Peruano...

Tabacon Thermal Hot Springs

When we decided to visit the Arenal Volcano region of  Costa Rica we knew visiting a...

The Surfing Turtle

Our meeting with The Surfing Turtle was serendipitous. We had originally connected via...

Lush Godiva Bar Product Review

I wrote this article for  Travel Fashion Girl as a product review for travelers. When...

The Ruins of Copan

Before I ever visited any ruins the Mayans were already on my good side. They must have...

One Item Twelve Ways?

The best products come out of necessity. For that reason I’m actually surprised I...