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…

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…

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…

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…

Four Month Update: December 2017

After our hectic and adventurous November we turned back to our city routes in the beginning of the month then headed to the mountains to volunteer on the Quilotoa Loop for the holidays. Countries visited: Peru, Ecuador Cities: Lima, Quito, Isinlivi Airbnbs: 1 Workaways: 2 Volcanos kayaked in: 1 Hanging with Hipsters in Barranco After enjoying…

Unconventional Guide: How to get to Machu Picchu

About this Guide So far on our trip, nothing has required more puzzle pieces fitting together exactly right as our trip to Machu Picchu. Amazingly, it all worked. But not a single place I found on the internet explained, or even mentioned, all the pieces. Thats the point of this guide, to present all the…

Explore Oaxaca: Our First Big Excursion to Yosondúa

Our First Big Trip out of the City Maggie, the manager of our AirBnB invited us to join her and three friends to this big waterfall called Yosondúa. She didn’t tell us much about it except that was she was trying to figure out logistics of how to get there and where to stay overnight. She…

First Impressions of Oaxaca

Oaxaca has been an amazing place to visit. Its hard to say for sure, but our gut says its a great first place to visit on your first time to Mexico because it has a great balance of everything. Its a city, so there is a lot to do and a lot to see and…