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…

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…

Six Month Update: February 2018

February was our most packed month yet. We started the month cruising in the tropical Galapagos and ended it watching the Winter Olympics in South Korea.  Countries visited: Ecuador, USA, South Korea Cities visited: Puerto Ayora, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seoul, Pyeongchang Hotels/Hostels/Home Rentals/Pensions stayed at: 7 Cruises taken: 1 Cruising on the Nemo! When…

Five Month Update: January 2018

This month was a big one because we decided to change our approach to travel a little bit. We decided to start following our excitement and planning our trip around the places we really wanted to see rather than going to the places we heard were fun but didn’t light us up. This strategy has…

Santa Catalina Monastery in photos

We went to Arequipa to hang out at cafes, eat good food, and generally relax, so we didn’t do a lot of touristing. One of the few attractions on our list was the Santa Catalina Monastery and I am so happy we didn’t decide to skip it. The historical city within a city, that occupies…

Why we’re leaving South America early

We’re leaving South America early, or shall we say before we had been everywhere we planned to go. We planned to visit, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, but we’ve decided to put an end to our time here after Ecuador. Here are a few reasons why- We haven’t put in the time with…

Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico City

I have been fascinated and moved by the Mexican celebration, Day of the Dead, since I attended a Dia de los Muertos processional the first year I lived in San Francisco. So while we were planing our trip to Mexico I knew I wanted to stick around long enough to participate in the observances of…

The Best Black Beans

In Mexico, we ate lot of beans. They came with most meals as a side dish and one of our favorite taco joints served them with their salsas as a dip. When I started cooking in our airbnb  beans were an obvious choice as a reliable and readily available source of protein, as well as…

The Magic of the Mercado

Undeniably our favorite part of Mexico was the food. We could not get enough of the street tacos or the delicious mole sauce. But, it wasn’t the easiest to eat out as a vegetarian, especially when, after eating ordering mushroom quesadillas six days in a row, I reached my limit on having cheese with every…

On Doing Hard Things

or The Lesson of Hiking the Ausangate Trail Last month we did a four day hike around the majestic Ausangate mountain near Cusco, Peru. It was one of the hardest, most enjoyable, challenging, delightful, fulfilling things I have ever done. Before we left I was obsessed with reading reviews and watching videos about what the…