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My American Express photo

Sunday, May 05, 2013

There was a huge AmEx display in downtown Singapore - if you were willing to get your photo taken with "I'm dreaming of [place name]" then you got a free eye mask.

Yup, dreaming of Liberia! I also did a photo for DH, he hates having his pic taken, but we're also dreaming of Machu Picchu.




Wow, that actually worked! I'm at an internet cafe, the computer is all in Chinese except for the sites I'm going to - so I wasn't sure I could manage to copy the photo from FB and then post it here - wow, I'm such a computer maven I don't even need to read instructions, LOL!
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MAMAJAHMAI 5/6/2013 5:03PM

    Super cool!!!!!

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WENDYJM4 5/5/2013 8:29PM

    fun emoticon

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PLATINUM755 5/5/2013 4:16PM

    Luv the pic...and love your pick, Liberia. So much of the world to see and so little time...Thank you for letting me live vicariously through you and your dh's great adventures. emoticon

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/5/2013 12:35PM

    If you've been there before and know what you're getting into, well, I salute you and all your bravery and sense of adventure! My father was the same way. He came home with far better stories to tell than I ever did! And so will you!

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 5/5/2013 11:15AM

    You guys are having a blast!

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GINIEMIE 5/5/2013 10:26AM

    Good for you, I don't know about maneuvering through a computer in Chinese. My boys got upset because I set some of my stuff up in French. I manage some stuff in Spanish, but since I struggle with some stuff in English... Well I'm proud of your technological achievements.
Your amazing, and I hope you do get to see all your desired travel sights.
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GAYLLYNNE 5/5/2013 9:02AM

    That really sounds great!

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GOANNA2 5/5/2013 7:46AM

    I am so envious of all your travels Phebes.
Thank you for rekindling my travelling spirit.
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POPSY190 5/5/2013 5:55AM

    Great!

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PHEBESS 5/5/2013 1:51AM

    Shiraz, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, 1981-84. It was great, although I did get malaria 3 times, and schisto once (from swimming in the wrong place). What can I say, it might affect the rest of my life, but it was worth it. I still correspond with my "adopted" son, and so would love to go back. Africa is definitely on our list!

The trick is bottled or boiled water, or tested well water; vegs and fruit either peeled or cooked; and swim/bathe in well water or tap water. River water has the schisto sometimes.



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DIANITAH 5/5/2013 1:39AM

    Liberia was settled by former U.S. slaves so yes, they speak a lot of English. I never let water conditions stop me from traveling, there is always bottled water!!

I've yet to visit Africa, I'd love to get to Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. Then again, I'd go anywhere!

Great pic btw!

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/5/2013 1:21AM

    Liberia, huh? Well, at least a fair amount of people there speak English, but it's not necessarily the safest place to go. Please be sure all your immunizations are up to date because it is considered (by the CDC and the CIA to be one of the worst countries for infectious disease transmission (bacterial, protozoa, viral). Oh, well... your money will have a good exchange rate and they certainly need the tourism!

Here's a quick link for checking data for multiple places you might consider going. I won't say it's the most uplifting, but it's good for comparison. For instance, here you can learn that there's more infant and mother mortality in Liberia than, say, Rwanda (who knew?). Comparisons are very quick.

(Sorry... I'll probably be the only downer in the whole bunch of people who post how wonderful this is. But I remember my father traveling with literally bottles of water to bathe in so he wouldn't get sick.)

https://www.cia.gov/l
ibrary/publications/the-world-f
actbook/geos/li.html

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ARTJAC 5/5/2013 1:12AM

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ILOVEMALI 5/5/2013 1:12AM

    how fun!!!

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