Matthew Stanford

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It Has Been A Rough Year

I am adding this additional chapter to my introduction, because after I initially wrote the introduction, it was very difficult to come back to it and try to make sense of all that I have experienced through the various stages of my life and the trials that I have endured or overcome.  I wish ...


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The Birth of Charles Leonard Wiggins

The story has already been written for awhile on my blog "From the heart of Praise, Prayer and Perseverance. 0; Here is a link to that posting, Below are the pictures of the blessed event.   http://fromthehea rt-dotwigg.blogsp ot.com/2008/03/an other-2-prayer-re quest-answered.ht ml


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My Entire Life

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LAUNG PRABANG - LAOS
I was glad to get out of Chiang Mai but in order to get to Laung Prabang there was the matter of flying with what can only be described as the most dodgy airline ever. There were warnings in my guidebook about Laos airlines but ...
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11/07/2008
11/12/2008
PLANNING A ROUND THE WORLD TRIP
I had been planning to do a big world trip long before I had been to Australia in 2004. I had enough money to go away for 12 months but also could still qualify for an Australian or New Zealand working holiday visa if I applied ...
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10/01/2008
10/01/2008
DUSSELDORF - GERMANY
There was no messing about after finishing work, spend the weekend having a bit of a leaving party in the pub then it was off to the airport Monday morning. For a world trip that was going to involve far flung locations ...
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10/27/2008
10/30/2008
CHIANG MAI - THAILAND
Had reservations about flying with Air Asia after the last trip but they were only 40 minutes late this time. The view coming over the mountains coming into Chiang Mai Got to the strangely named Gongkaew Chiangmai Home ...
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11/03/2008
11/07/2008
ADELAIDE - AUSTRALIA
Second stop on the Australia section of my world trip was Adelaide, this time I was in the city center and there was plenty of shade from the tall buildings so you could walk round for longer. Had Margaret to visit but didn't ...
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01/12/2009
01/17/2009
TASMANIA - AUSTRALIA
Landing in Hobart was a bit of a shock as it was only 13 degrees C, the coldest since Germany 3 months earlier. Got picked up by Tammy and her sister at the airport and got the full rundown on the Tasmania branch of our family ...
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01/16/2009
01/23/2009
AUCKLAND - NEW ZEALAND
I found it strange that the cheapest flight I could get from Sydney to Auckland was with Emirates but I was not complaining. Getting into New Zealand was a hell of a lot easier than Australia, no lengthy questioning about ...
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02/02/2009
02/06/2009
UPOLU - SAMOA
Not the best view out the plane window on the way and the idea that I landed the day before I left after crossing the date line was a bit strange. On the bus into Apia the first impression of Samoa was just like Sumatra ...
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04/03/2009
04/17/2009
SAVAII - SAMOA
The second half of my time in Samoa was spent on the other island called Savaii. The first place I stopped at was the small village of Lano. It might look the perfect place for some but I was always the last person on earth ...
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04/07/2009
04/14/2009
NANNING AND GUILIN - CHINA
I finally left Vietnam early in the morning with some very mixed feelings about the country. Now I had the nerve racking task of crossing the border into China, I was told that it took 2 hours which game me visions of endless ...
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07/07/2009
07/11/2009
YANGSHOU - CHINA
Met a lad in Guilin called Ryan who had booked the same raft trip to Yangshou as I had. Firstly we got the minibus from our hostel for about an hour then it was about 3 hours down the river. There were some great views ...
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07/11/2009
07/17/2009
HANGZHOU AND NANJING - CHINA (THE ECLIPSE)
"THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE OF PLAN" This was my facebook status update when I found out about the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century was taking place in the part of the world I was in. I figured Hangzhou would be ...
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07/21/2009
07/26/2009
SHANGHAI - CHINA
The first thing that happened on arrival in Shanghai was getting very lost. I found my way in the end and had the fun of the most crowded underground train I had ever seen. I had never seen so many people in my life, you could ...
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07/17/2009
07/21/2009
BEIJING - CHINA
According to my guidebook breathing the air in Beijing is as bad for you as smoking 70 a day. I can't remember ever seeing blue sky all the time I was there. It took a while to recover from the sleepless 15 hour slow train ...
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07/27/2009
08/03/2009
IBIZA - SPAIN - PART 1
The holiday in Rhodes the previous year had been a complete disaster but Ibiza more than made up for it. To go to Ibiza is almost like a modern day rite of passage. It was easily the most crazy 2 weeks of my life. 7 of ...
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08/08/2000
08/09/2000
BANGKOK - THAILAND
Landed in Bangkok at around midday having had the usual minimal amount of sleep on the plane. Nice to start in what was by then a familiar place. Stayed in the same place as last time at the Urban age on Silom road and I even ...
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10/30/2008
11/03/2008
VANG VIENG - LAOS
Got my first taste of the rough and winding Laos roads, seeing people with guns at the side of the road did not do my nerves any favours but the scenery was great. On arrival in Vang Vieng I got probably the best value room ever, ...
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11/12/2008
11/14/2008
VIENTIANE - LAOS
It was my second taste of Laos bumpy and horrible roads, the journey was far better this time because I had other travelers to talk to where as last time they were asleep. I couldn't believe how small it was for a ...
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11/14/2008
11/17/2008
AYUTTHAYA - THAILAND
Arrived on the night train at Ayutthaya at 5:45am, I must have spent 2 hours looking for my pre booked accommodation but failed to find it so in the end I gave up and found another place. The woman at the accommodation ...
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11/17/2008
11/20/2008
KANCHANABURI - THAILAND
Arrived in Kanchanaburi and found the cheapest accommodation ever. It was called Nina's raft house and as the same says was a series of huts floating on the river. It was very basic but the owners seemed friendly enough ...
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11/20/2008
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