First Impressions of Hong Kong

Blade Runner IRL When we told a friend we were going to Hong Kong his first comment was “it’s like Blade Runner in real life.” I wish we had been in Hong Kong for at least one night when it was pouring rain because that would have solidified the analogy, but I can totally see…

Eight Month Update: April 2018

Wow, how is it already the middle of May? Time is flying. Before we get into all the fun stuff we’ve been up to this month let’s do a quick recap of April. Our goal for April month was to chill the eff out. As evidence from some previous posts, we go through phases of…

Nikko, Japan In Photos

As we mentioned in our 7 month update, we visited Nikko to get a glimpse of Japan outside of Tokyo. We had read a few articles about the temples and untouched nature in the surrounding areas, but we mostly went to see a different side of the country. So we spent the day taking it…

First Impressions of Tokyo

Amazing Mystique I don’t know exactly how to explain this, but as I was growing up, anything I learned about Japanese culture and about Tokyo always seemed so mysterious. Like I was learning something about a long lost culture that is entirely different from mine. I wasn’t huge into manga, anime, karate, or other common…

iOS Development Abroad

From Designer to Developer Allison and I left everything behind. We no longer have an apartment, we barely have any stuff, except what we carry on us at all times. We had always planned to be gone about a year, but I always felt that mixed in with seeing all the sights and meeting all…

Going to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea

We’ve written about this multiple times, but going to the Olympics was one in a series of decisions that might have seemed irresponsibly expensive and prohibiting to us when we first started traveling, but by changing our travel approach to focus on experiences rather than time or money spent put an event as novel as…

Volunteering at Llullu Llama

What Did We Do? We kicked off our trip in Oaxaca, Mexico, going straight from our “real life” in California to Spanish School. In Puerto Escondido, we took an actual “vacation” after a full month of school and sightseeing. In Mexico City, we became tourists for the first time. We ran all over, checked out…

Seven Month Update: March 2018

We continued our theme from last month by visiting big, pricy cities in quick succession.  We started the month in Tokyo followed by Hong Kong. Then we started our South East Asian leg of the trip, spending a week in Bangkok, and finally moving on to Chiang Mai. Countries visited: Japan, China (sort of), Thailand…

Hiking the Quilatoa Loop

What Is The Quilatoa Loop? The Quilotoa Loop is a hiking trail that ends at ‘Laguna Quilotoa.’ That doesn’t sound super exciting until I tell you that the Quilotoa Lagoon is inside a massive caldera- aka an exploded volcano! The caldera is 3 km wide, which is the perfect size. Its not so big that…

First Impressions of Seoul, South Korea

After traveling in South America for 6 months, Seoul was our first introduction to the Asian leg of our trip, and we couldn’t have chosen a better place to start. Seoul has everything we city dwellers love: good food, an excellent transit system, and a great combination of old and new that begs you to…