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Rotorua | New Zealand :: Heating Up In New Zealand’s Cultural Capital

Rotorua | New Zealand :: Warming Up In New Zealand's Cultural Capital from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. All we knew about Rotorua was the persistent ‘rotten egg’ smell that lingered all day and that it...

Tokyo | Japan :: Tokyo Trance

People stand at street corners, not a car or truck in sight, only audible in the distance, yet reverent to the backlit red sign stalling their steps and intent to cross. Such observations are...

Picton to Wellington | New Zealand :: Interislander Ferry Crossing

Picton to Wellington | New Zealand :: Interislander Ferry Crossing from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. Time for the North Island!  Hopefully no more curvy, windy, one lane highway roads up steep mountainsides adorned with sheep...

Cultural Goose Bumps :: Fête Des Lumières

The Fête Des Lumières (festival of lights) in Lyon, France expresses gratitude toward Mary, mother of Jesus on December 8 of each year. This uniquely Lyonnaise tradition dictates that every house place candles along...

Melbourne | Australia :: Jucy Campervan Review

We were totally spoiled with the Toyota Hi Top Hiace in Tasmania and grimaced when we saw the limited space in the Jucy Toyoto Previa Campervan. Terry couldn’t even sit up in the...

Christchurch | New Zealand :: City Tour

Christchurch | New Zealand :: City Tour from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. We landed in Christchurch just after midnight and were still intrigued by its small town charm as greeted by warm hospitable kiwis trying...

Shanghai | China :: Koala Garden Inn Hostel Review

Fresh off the ferry we were ready to unload our increasingly weighted bags and take a stroll around our home for the next week...so we hired a taxi from the ferry terminal to take...

Koh Lanta + Krabi + Rai Lei | Thailand :: Life Is a Beach

Our return to Thailand from Singapore, our second visit after a first go around of 4 weeks, left us a fresh 30 day visa. As it turned out, we would spend the remainder of...

Melbourne | Australia :: The Great Ocean Road

If you have some extra time while visiting Melbourne, definitely take a road trip on the Great Ocean Road. You can either rent your own vehicle or campervan or take a one day guided...
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Hiking the Tongariro Pass

Mt Tongariro | New Zealand :: Hiking The Tongariro Alpine Crossing from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. Although it seems ages since we finished the Routeburn track, our sore and tender muscles feel as though it...

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