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Bangkok Getaways – Ayutthaya

This post is the first in a series we’ll call “Bangkok Getaways.” We will be doing our best to see as much of the region as possible while we’re here, focusing on places that can be reasonably visited in 1-3 days; ideally, a weekend out of town. Last Sunday we took a bus tour to … Continue reading »

Awed by Angkor Wat

I’ll be the first to admit that we did not carefully plan our visit to Siem Reap, the small town that serves as the tourist hub for Angkor Wat in Cambodia. In fact, the three days we’ve been here have been pretty manic between work, handling the administrative details of life with spotty internet, “recovering” … Continue reading »

Harajuku Haunting

A few photos from our first night in Tokyo, which happened to be my favorite holiday Halloween. Halloween in America is a big, big deal, and the Japanese did not disappoint me in their observance. Tokyo-ites are by far the best dressed people I have seen anywhere in the world (technically though, I’ve never been … Continue reading »

Owl’s in Tokyo

Duke here. During our visit to Tokyo we got to visit with a young English teacher from America and a new friend from Tokyo. The teacher told us about a cafe where you can see live owls. Growing up in Tennessee I sometimes heard owls, but never saw one, so, this was a great opportunity. … Continue reading »

The Lizards of Lumpini Park, Bangkok, Thailand

On a previous trip, Loree had told me a wild story about giant lizards roaming freely in the central park of Bangkok. Usually, I’m the one with wild stories, so I decided to follow up on that story with the big camera. Sure enough, there really are big (5-6 feet long) monitor lizards roaming freely … Continue reading »

Leveled Up to a Motorcycle

Duke here. I’m the financial programmer who left my safe, risk averse, nesting grounds of Cincinnati, Ohio, for a destination about as far away from that as possible. One of many pro-risk decisions was learning to drive a motor scooter. That was 1.5 years ago. Out here in Southeast Asia, the citizens are practically born … Continue reading »

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Osaka, Japan

We flew out of Osaka, and spent only one day there, which we estimate was at least three days too short.  Of all of the big Japanese cities we visited, we’d probably choose this one to live in if the choice ever presented itself. It was a working town, but not as stressed out as … Continue reading »

Hiroshima, Miyajima, Japan

Hiroshima and the nearby island of Miyajima were near the end of our Japan itinerary. Actually, we’d almost canceled this part of the trip to spend more time on the main island of Honshu, but we’re so glad we didn’t; this ended up being an incredibly awesome part of our time in Japan. The first … Continue reading »

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto always seems to be the highlight of any Japan itinerary I’ve seen.  In light of the city’s popularity, we planned a full week there. Kyoto is famous for it’s gardens, traditions, shrines and temples, and most of the major attractions around the city that warranted a high place on the Japan itinerary had to … Continue reading »

Takayama, Japan

Takayama is AWESOME. Takayama ended up on our itinerary after I read a post on some random travel blog describing the small town as an “off the beaten track gem.”  It was a lucky find, as it was definitely an awesome part our trip; we actually changed our hotel reservation to stay longer. Where to … Continue reading »