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Learning a Language with a Home Exchange

As you know, I am a keen home exchanger. We have just redeemed three home exchanges in Australia (Coff’s Harbour, Adelaide and Drysdale) and enjoyed hospitality in Melbourne with the home exchangers of French friends in Paris. Jean Michel, less … Continue reading

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Lost in Australia

I can’t believe that we left Blois nearly a month ago! After our first brief stay in Delhi, we have been in Sydney, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Adelaide and Melbourne. We are now in Kennet River on the Great Ocean Road … Continue reading

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Secret Venice – Carpaccio and Grande Scuola di San Marco

As this is our second time in Venice and we’re (almost) living like locals, the main attractions are not on our list. Our home exchange is in Castello, which is a working class area of Venice. Our host, Pierleone, is … Continue reading

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Sofia – Third impressions

The starting point for our third walking tour of Sofia is the Archeology Museum opposite the Presidential Palace and the changing of the guard which I described in my Second Impressions of Sofia. The oldest museum in Bulgaria (formerly the … Continue reading

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Budapest – more accommodation problems

We’re driving along the motorway to Budapest pleased to have our Aschach and Bratislava accommodation experiences behind us. This time, there should be no problems. We have organised a home exchange with an American couple who have a well-located apartment … Continue reading

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10 Do’s and Don’t’s of Home Exchange

We’re now up to 8 home exchanges and ready for more but I’ve drawn up a little list of do’s and don’t’s. If I have been remiss in any of these areas in the past, I hope that my exchangers … Continue reading

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Our Home Exchange in Barcelona

I didn’t realise when I started looking for a home exchange in Barcelona that Paris might not be a peak time from people used to a warmer climate – particularly since our main motivation for going to Spain in February … Continue reading

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Off to Barcelona and one kilo down!

We’re going to Barcelona for six days on a home exchange in February. I can’t wait. Apart from our trip to Australia in September, we haven’t been out of the country for a whole year. We haven’t even gone anywhere … Continue reading

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The Wonderful World of Home Exchange

If you’ve been following my blog recently, you will have noticed that most of the places we stayed in Australia were home exchanges. Our first swap was last February in Madrid. Since then, all our exchanges have been with Australia … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting in Tassie

Our four days in Sydney were spent catching up with family and friends, some of whom we hadn’t seen for 3 years, which was wonderful but exhausting particularly since we arrived a day later than I had expected which meant … Continue reading

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