Festival Season is Back!

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August 23, 2019
It’s my favorite time of year in Mumbai – Festival Season! For the next 3 months it’s non-stop festivals. This week is Janmashtami (Lord Krishna’s Birthday) & Dahi Handi (human pyramid day), September has Ganesh Chaturthi (the Ganesh idol immersion in the ocean) & Navratri (a nine night dancing-filled festival celebrating 9 Hindu Goddesses) and […]

Idyllic Innsbruck

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August 3, 2019
We just wrapped up our 4th and final week of our 2019 R&R trip in a place that was about as opposite as you could get from Minnesota and Florida – Innsbruck, Austria! We found a lovely apartment with mountain views via AirBnB and reveled in the cool weather and stunning vistas. Here’s a look […]

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho – To Disney We Did Go

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August 1, 2019
Like many children, I have strong memories (and emotions) tied to Disney World. My 1st visit to Disney World in Orlando, Florida took place in the Fall of 1991. I was 11 years old and not only was there the excitement of experiencing Disney for the 1st time, but it was my 1st airplane ride […]

Our Top Tips for Doing Disney Efficiently

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July 30, 2019
Twas the night before Disney and wouldn’t you know it, a frickin’ tornado hit the cabin, took down 10 trees and forced my parents to have to back out of the trip. There were lots of tears but the Novaks had to press on because nothing was refundable and as you probably know, Disney is […]

The Ladies Go Camping (and other fun MN adventures)

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July 24, 2019
Greetings all – The Novaks are a little over halfway into our month-long R&R trip. We kicked things off by parting ways in Mumbai with Nick heading to South Africa for two weeks of diving and Nia and I heading to Minnesota for 2 weeks of Miller family fun time. We are currently enjoying some […]
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