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Welcome – Wilkommen – Bienvenido – Bienvenue – Benvenuto – Bainvegni

Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

Welcome to our travel site:  More 2 Explore.

We hope this site inspires individuals to live the lives they were meant to live; to get out into this vast, beautiful world and explore more. To realize there is more to this life than the traditional 9 to 5.  We also plan to share our travel, cultural and educational experiences with our followers.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

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Perhaps every photo we post is past, and yet it reminds us of just how quickly time passes.  We know many people who are having babies this year.  This photo reminds us of passing time, and yet there in that moment, of bright light and blurry time, we capture an non-repetitive moment.  Here, we reflect on having babies abroad and the perspective of time.

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(this post is part of the Daily Posts’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral)

The Lion King in Basel

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2015-03-15-lion _02From the moment the musical opens, attendees are captivated by the set design, the intricate costumes and as animals make their way through the audience, one cannot help but become immediately intrigued. The roughly two – hour musical, passes all too quickly, as the genius behind the production unfolds through each perfectly orchestrated scene.

With the original production starting in 1997, apparently this is the fourth longest – running musical in production and it is easy to understand why.

If you have not yet seen the Lion King, I can promise you, you won’t be disappointed. All right, the tickets prices are steep, but to think of the work that is involved, the art that is being performed and the sheer talent of the actors, it hardly seems expensive at all.

The Lion King will be in Basel (how lucky are we?) until the 18th of August. Don’t let this incredible production leave our city without being a part of this awesome production.

On a personal note, our six – year – old son, Noah, and Robert attended the musical this past Sunday. When Robert and Noah walked through our door, they were both smiling from ear – to – ear and I believe Noah’s response, was, “It was awesome Mom, totally awesome!”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

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It comes with a sense of confinement; a foreboding obstacle which has suppressed many and divided families.  The Berlin Wall, what little of it remains, is a reminder of this and much more.  It is worth a visit when in Berlin.

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This is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

More info on Berlin can be found at an earlier post here.

Photo of the Week – March 13

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This weeks photo was taken last year in Valley Forge National Historical Park, located in Pennsylvania.

Valley Forge is ideal for long strolls, pleasant hikes, runs, bike rides or snowshoeing.  And if you are a history buff, you will enjoy learning more about the Continental Army and the American Revolutionary War.  Walk through history as you explore primitive log cabins once occupied by soldiers, enter the Visitor Center, stand at Washington’s Headquarters and take in a reenactment of life as it was in 1777-1778.

We spent countless hours in that park, and despite our proximity to the Swiss Alps, the Black Forest and incredible hiking opportunities just minutes from our home, we still miss that little gem of open land and rich history.  Photo_Week_2014-03-03-USA_March 2015May everyone enjoy a healthy weekend!

 

Staying Fit on the Road

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I have a confession to make…I love the gym.  I always have and hope I always will. I am a very routine person and the gym is a huge part of my weekly agenda. When I don’t or can’t go, I am out of sorts. My equilibrium is off in a big way, I get grouchy, feel icky and need to return pronto to get back to a balanced sense of self. Call it outlandishly extreme, but working out and moving my body is a huge part of who I am.

When travel plans take us away from our normal routine, I get a bit anxious. Days without the gym, and time without trail runs with good friends, throw a true wrench in my workout routine. Those workouts are the very routines that drive my weeks and leave me feeling, well, like myself.

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Now that travel has become a routine part of our lives, I think we have figured out the balance of enjoying our holiday, all the while staying committed to our fitness regime.

Some of our discoveries took time, but listed below, you will find a few tips that work for us.

Jump Rope:

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A jump rope takes up virtually no space in your suitcase and is a kick – ass cardio trainer, plus it is a tool the entire family can enjoy. Skip on!

For inspiration, try a little workout inspired by a trainer at my gym:

100 jumps

50 sit – ups

80 jumps

40 sit – ups

60 jumps

30 sit – ups

40 jumps

20 sit – ups

20 jumps

10 sit – ups

I adore this workout – it is fast, gets the heart rate climbing and works the abs beautifully!

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If you are exploring a mountain region, plan a hike. Hiking is an excellent way to spend quality time in nature, breathe fresh air, with all the beauty that surrounds you, the hike doesn’t even feel like a workout, it feels like a lingering treat. Ask the local Tourist Information Center for a map of the area, whip out your GPS or one of your go to apps and plan a trek.

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Please don’t use the excuse that you have children to avoid hiking. That is pure junk – got that – JUNK! We have hiked with our two children since they were infants and have strapped them into the Ergo carrier, comfy and cozy on our front or back, I have nursed them on tops of mountain peaks, pushed them in our B.O.B. stroller and as they have grown, we have taught them to hike by our sides. Our son is a champ now, completing intense hike sand only complaining twice along the way. Those were his words, “Dad, I only complained twice on that one.” What a great little guy – hike on Noah!

Walk: 

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If you are on a city escape, forgo public transportation and hit the streets. Bring comfortable shoes and walk through neighborhoods absorbing some of the true urban wonders that await. Walking through a city is the best way to get a genuine feel for the area and along the way; you will be tickled with your discovery of hidden streets, quaint cafés, and museums that might not have otherwise been explored. Plus, visiting a city and avoiding the tourist flow, will make your trip that much sweeter.

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If you are visiting a beach, plan to swim, surf the waves, or walk in the sand. Workouts don’t have to be scheduled, or hard, simply fit activity into your daily routine. You will be grateful you did!

Tabata: 

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Tabata workouts are my new love. With 20 seconds of an exercise going all out, 10 seconds break and 20 seconds on again, these four-minute workouts are tough and effective. Just when you feel as though the workout is becoming too hard or boredom comes creeping in, they are finished. Well done!

For additional motivation, consider downloading the Tabata workout songs, which leave you free to focus on your workout and not the timer. A personal favorite is “Stronger” by Kanye West or the Hip Hop Tabata (w/coach).

Tabata Workouts that do not require equipment:

Push – ups  Squats

Sit-ups Plank

V-ups  Jump Rope

Squats Lunges

Jumping Jacks  Bicycle sit – ups

Burpees – because who doesn’t love burpees… High Knees

Have fun and stay fit!

Time to put the signs up!

 

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