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Marg and I had both been living in Asia for the past 18 years before Marg passed away in 2006. While Marg came from Scotland, my first country is New Zealand, but we both called Australia home, which is where we met! We both traveled extensively around a large portion of the world, both for pleasure and for work contracts, having started our travels when jet flying was still fun! Seeing new sights, tasting new foods and listening to the sometimes raucous noise of exotic places is one thing that we never got tired of, and savour every new place that we travel to with its culture, cuisine and local character. Both of us were always travelers, with Marg traveling in France and around in her native Britain and me traveling around New Zealand from since we were still quite young. After meeting in Australia and then working together in Britain for a year, we set up home back in Brisbane and spent quite a bit of time and effort over the next few years renovating it our first and only house. An old Queenslander, it was inner city and ended up being placed on the market when we again got the opportunity to work overseas. Sheraton enabled us to first go to Germany for a year and then onto China, working at the Great Wall Sheraton. What started out as a very unknown quantity extended out to sixteen years and many trips both for pleasure and for business. Most of our lives together was spent living in hotel rooms, usually with a living room and bedroom, but always under scrutiny and always with Hotel staff around! Some rooms have been very nice, with gardens and terraces around, while others, I must admit, have been quite difficult to live in! For example, our room in Bali before the Hotel was ready was in a local establishment, that had most of our hotel staff who were staying there catching rats and snakes that wandered into their rooms, when they were not engaged in just getting a decent meal to eat. The kitchens left a hell of a lot to be desired, being black, grimy and fly infested and it was amazing that we all survived to open the Sheraton Nusa Dua! Mind you, on opening Holiday Inn Hotel in Kunming, most were not so fortunate with their health. Spring City it is named, and yet the day before I arrived from Bali it was snowing and I was freezing! Working from a basement in a building site with concrete floors and aluminum partitions the dust level was amazing as well as the chill that crept in! Most of us ended up with pneumonia and other illnesses, and it was common for one or two staff to be out of action and placed on drips in their sick beds for a week or two at a time!

Travel Image Both of us were always travelers, with Marg traveling in France and around in her native Britain and me traveling around New Zealand from since we were still quite young. After meeting in Australia and then working together in Britain for a year, we set up home back in Brisbane and spent quite a bit of time and effort over the next few years renovating it our first and only house. An old Queenslander, it was inner city and ended up being placed on the market when we again got the opportunity to work overseas. Sheraton enabled us to first go to Germany for a year and then onto China, working at the Great Wall Sheraton. What started out as a very unknown quantity extended out to sixteen years and many trips both for pleasure and for business. Most of our lives together was spent living in hotel rooms, usually with a living room and bedroom, but always under scrutiny and always with Hotel staff around! Some rooms have been very nice, with gardens and terraces around, while others, I must admit, have been quite difficult to live in! For example, our room in Bali before the Hotel was ready was in a local establishment, that had most of our hotel staff who were staying there catching rats and snakes that wandered into their rooms, when they were not engaged in just getting a decent meal to eat. The kitchens left a hell of a lot to be desired, being black, grimy and fly infested and it was amazing that we all survived to open the Sheraton Nusa Dua! Mind you, on opening Holiday Inn Hotel in Kunming, most were not so fortunate with their health. Spring City it is named, and yet the day before I arrived from Bali it was snowing and I was freezing! Working from a basement in a building site with concrete floors and aluminum partitions the dust level was amazing as well as the chill that crept in! Most of us ended up with pneumonia and other illnesses, and it was common for one or two staff to be out of action and placed on drips in their sick beds for a week or two at a time!