Category: Everything Else

Happy 2012!

By , January 18, 2012 10:16 pm

Happy New year!

For 2012, MeAndFrenchie would like to wish you all an amazing year full of adventures, discoveries and new experiences. It looks like this year will be a little quieter for us since we are back in San Francisco. However, travels and experiences will still be on our agenda since we are going to El Salvador and Guatemala in February!

Don’t forget to check out MeAndFrenchie in the upcoming days for new original content like:
– More French Summer pictures
– MeAndFrenchie are back to corporate America
– Moving back to incredible views of the city
– Night shooting with Occupy Wall Street
– How much money did we spend traveling for 13 months?

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

9 Fun Ways To Keep In Touch

By , November 15, 2011 9:39 pm

While we traveled 17 countries, we found it difficult to keep in touch with others on a regular basis, but we made our best effort. Some travelers we met had mobile phones everywhere they went. We thought that was too easy and expensive in the long run. It was more important to have our laptops with us so we could blog and we took advantage of the free communication technology options over the Internet.

Here is a great example about a couple who found a fun, unique way to stay close while being physically far apart:

“Every night, I record the story of my day and send it to Erik as a private track on SoundCloud. He listens later at night on the West Coast or early in the morning. This is one of the things we do to stay close while we’re far apart. (San Francisco and Boston, while I’m away at school.)”

Not only is this a cute story and SoundCloud a great source for music, this is another way travelers can keep in touch with others while traveling.

For us, having a blog by far has been the best way to share our travels with you all, but sometimes my family and friends want to have face-to-face communication. I find it difficult to make regular phone calls, especially to several people. So why not record one brief message and share it with multiple people?

I’m not going to list every communication technology out there, but here are some ways to keep in touch.

Blog: share everything and anything, but it is honestly a lot of work to keep it updated regularly.

E-mail: send one-on-one e-mails or a summary e-mail.

Facebook: you know how it works.

Web Chat (free or low calling rates):
-Skype
-Google Voice

Sound recordings (record and listen later):
-Vocaroo
-SoundCloud

Video:
-YouTube
-TokBox: TokBooth allows your readers to record a video message for you.

Try it out and say HELLO to MeAndFrenchie by submitting a video message.  We will only get this message and it will NOT be shared with others. Thanks!

Want A Free Flight To Japan?

By , October 14, 2011 12:37 pm
Free Flight to Japan

Want to visit Japan?

Fantastic legit freebies don’t come around all the time.  The freebies that require some effort are great ones because for whatever reason, people forget to do them or think it is too much work.  This is not one to be missed!

Japan’s tourism industry has been on a decline since the March 11 disaster.  To give it a boost, Japan’s tourist agency is going to give 10,000 foreigners free flights to Japan. You still have to pay for lodging and food, but this is still a great deal.  Once it is approved by the Japanese government, you will have to submit an application and agree to share you experience online.  This is great news for active bloggers, so start preparing your ideas.

This is also great news to our non-US residents as this contest will hopefully be opened to a worldwide audience.  French translation = GRATUIT.

We’ll keep you updated.
Reference: USA Today

Missing French Couple in Bolivia

By , September 6, 2011 1:09 pm
Jérémie Bellanger and Fannie Blancho

Jérémie Bellanger and Fannie Blancho

On August 29th, 2010, MeAndFrenchie landed in South America for first time.  This was also the day two French travelers, Jérémie Bellanger, age 25, and his girlfriend Fannie Blancho, age 23, were reported missing in South America.

The story that circulated the news was that the French couple spent a night partying in the village of Guayaramerin in the North-East of Bolivia, close to the border of Brazil.  The couple were last seen leaving the party with Jaime Martinez, a Bolivian man known for several attempts of sexual assault. The next day, Jérémie came back to the guesthouse alone. He seemed very troubled and came to get something and left saying he was going to get Fannie.

The theory reported by the police is that Fannie was tied up and threatened. Jérémie was asked to go get money in order for her release.  During Jérémie’s absence, Fannie was raped and when Jérémie came back, a fight occurred and Jaime Martinez killed them both.

This is a rare tragedy that should not discourage you from traveling. However, always be aware of your surroundings wherever you are, especially in a new country. We were extremely touched by this story when it broke out last year, especially because we can easily relate to this couple.

On September 4th, 2011, a year after their disappearance, two bodies were found in this region of Bolivia and were suspected to be the bodies of the French couple.  It turned out not to be the bodies of Jérémie and Fannie.  Our hearts go out to their daughter, parents and family.

Life’s Ultimate To-Do List Contest: Win Your Dream Vacation

By , August 17, 2011 4:30 am
Dream Vacation Contest

Dream Vacation Contest

Thanks to Andi of MyBeautifulAdventures for bringing to our attention of Life’s Ultimate To-Do List contest sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn.

To get you excited about this contest, I will first tell you what the prize is:

Prize:

Win one of ten grand prize packages: a 3-day/2-night trip with roundtrip airfare to the destination of your choice for you and a guest, hotel accommodations wherever there’s a Hilton Garden Inn and cash to spend on your ultimate to-do list activity.

Pretty awesome huh. So there should be no excuses for missing out on your dream destination, as this contest is pretty easy to enter.

What You Have To Do:

Think of the number one dream goal you would like to accomplish within this lifetime. Add your item to the contest.

Where To Enter:

You have to enter through Facebook and unfortunately, you have to allow their application to access your information.

Who Can Enter:

This contest is open only to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia and Canada (except the province of Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence.

Last Day:

11:59 pm CST on September 2, 2011

 

Good luck everyone! I’m still thinking of my favorite bucket-list item to add.
If you need help, here are some of our favorite trips we took:
The Galapagos
Tayrona National Park
Machu Picchu
France
New Zealand

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