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…

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…

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…

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…

Three Month Update: November 2017

November was a whirlwind month. We started in Mexico City and hit the tourist trail hard in Peru. By the time we got to Arequipa at the end of the month we were looking forward to a slower pace in December. But first a recap of our adventerous November. Countries visited: Mexico and Peru Cities:…

There’s No Turning Back Now

We quit our jobs, sold our stuff, and packed everything we could imagine we would need into 40 liter backpacks and hopped on a plane.   Why we’re doing this About a year ago we got to the point where our careers, finances, and societal pressures (for lack of a better term) were telling us…