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…

Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa 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…

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…

Machu Picchu, Peru in Photos

Machu Picchu is a destination that speaks for itself. Before going there was a small worry in the back of my head that I would be disappointed, that the endless pictures and documentaries I’ve seen about it would have been highly edited or presented in a way that made the place seem more than it…

Oaxaca Botanical Garden in Photos

One of the things that was on our to do list while we were in Oaxaca was taking a tour of the ethnobotanical garden on the grounds of Santo Domingo, Oaxaca’s main cultural and archaeological  museum. The garden is only accessible with a guided tour and thankfully we were able to squeeze it in on our…

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…

Monte Alban, Oaxaca in Photos

Monte Alban was once one of the largest cities in ancient Mesoamerica built by the Zapotec people over 2000 years ago and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site that is absolutely worth visiting on any trip to Oaxaca. We highly recommend a hiring a tour guide. We went with a teacher from our Spanish…