The Waterfight That Wasn’t For Me

One of the things we were most looking forward to during our time in Thailand was joining the festivities of Songkran, the Thai New Year. The holiday is based on a tradition of monks sprinkling water on people as a sign of cleansing the bad deeds of the previous year. But it has morphed into…

Ayutthaya, Thailand in Photos

I love visiting ruins. I am fascinated by how buildings survive or crumble well after humans have left. I can get wrapped up for hours in reconstructing a place in my mind, imagining how life could have been hundreds of years ago. So visiting the ancient city of Ayutthaya was at the top of my…

The Duo’s Guide to Hong Kong

As self proclaimed city enthusiasts Hong Kong was an incredible place. We were struck by the fast pace, tall buildings, and unique history. From upscale restaurants to knock off electronics markets this city has something for everyone. Here is our Top 10 list of things to do, see, and eat to make the most of…

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…