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Jennifer Johnston shares her travel tales; life adventures; observations, photos and random thoughts


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Mosquitoes and soft tofu – another side to Vietnam

Vietnam so many highlights – what about the lowlights?  Here’s my travel story  with a few of both Mosquitoes and soft tofu – another side to Vietnam

mekong river dwellers 2

Transport styles

Transport styles


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Singapore stopover – transit in an oasis

Be at their reception in less than 15 mins from the baggage carousel

Be at Hotel reception in less than 15 mins (walk) from the baggage carousel

One night in Singapore’s Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel is NOT enough – but long enough for me to write a review on it. Please take a look.

what better place to relax in Singapore while in transit

what better place to relax in Singapore while in transit


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Outlander Fervour and the lesson I learnt

Outlander fans are getting excited

The trailer has been released for Outlander Series 2, to tease fans for what awaits them in 2016. I confess to being one of those fans. So much so, I combined my love for Scotland and Outlander together into a Travel Story – a tourism trend piece on Scotland with Outlander as the hook! That story was recently published via Fairfax New Zealand’s on-line site stuff.co.nz : Scotland and the Outlander effect gathers momentum

On location - Doune Castle

Scotland revels in Outlander Fever – some of the Outlander cast on location – Doune Castle

I’ve already written a post on my Travel Blog about the story behind the story.  With a few Outlander posts, I may appear a little Outlander obsessed at the moment. Maybe its because I’m still caught up in the excitement of finally seeing my story published. (Written in June, the original story commissioned by an Australian publication was never published – for reasons that shall remain “unspoken!”)  But it’s more than publication joy. I wrote this wee blog post because Diana Gabaldon – the author of the popular Outlander books who also happens to have major responsibility in the series being developed for TV – recently made an announcement on her Facebook page.  Continue reading


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Darwin you don’t have to be dying to get there

It took me 50 years to get there but a recent visit to Darwin for something special allowed me to discover a city with unique charm and an interesting history.

Read about my top ten things to see and do in Darwin

 

The bright colours from the Parap Village Markets

The bright colours from the Parap Village Markets