Osaka is Quite Possibly the Coolest City Ever

Osaka is Quite Possibly the Coolest City Ever

WE'RE IN JAPAN! When we started out on this journey, nearly eight months ago, I thought I'd be updating the blog far more often. As it turns out, when you're traveling around the world it's really easy to get wrapped up in all the fun you're having and completely forget about your blog ambitions. Whoops. For those of you who are wondering, here's everywhere we've been so far: Nepal --> (Southern) Thailand (Southern) Thailand --> Myanmar Myanmar --> (Northern) Thailand (Northern) Thailand  --> Laos Laos  --> Vietnam Vietnam  --> Cambodia Cambodia-->  Sri Lanka…Read more
Our Vietnamese Food Diary

Our Vietnamese Food Diary

First off, I'd like to apologize to the good people of Vietnam. We ate you out of house and home (and OK, out of all your street stalls, too) and for that I am truly sorry. Secondly, I'm not that sorry because the food in Vietnam defied my wildest expectations...and I'd make the same calorie-ridden choices all over again. Seriously-- thinking about it now is almost too much. I'm trying not to drool on my keyboard as I write this post. Prior to traveling to Vietnam, all I knew about Vietnamese cuisine was that pho…Read more
The Happiest Place in Vietnam

The Happiest Place in Vietnam

Nothing puts you in the mood to celebrate the 4th of July more than eating grilled meats, riding thrilling roller coasters, and mingling among throngs of people in swimsuits. At least, that was our reasoning when we decided to celebrate Independence Day at Vinpearl Land in Nha Trang, Vietnam. When we told fellow travelers we were headed to 'Nam, many people advised us to not mention that we were from America. But we've been honest about our nationality throughout our time in the country, and every local we've met has treated us with nothing…Read more
The Murky Origins of Cat Ba Island

The Murky Origins of Cat Ba Island

As humans, we can't resist delving into a good origin story. Why is Spiderman so popular? It's not because he can sling webs from his wrist with ease, but because we know he was once a normal guy just like us. We're fascinated by knowing how things came to be, because it allows us to better understand them. Similarly, when I heard the origin story of Cat Ba Island, I was hooked and knew we had to go. Tay and I knew we had to see Ha Long Bay during our time in Vietnam, but…Read more
The (Vietnamese) Motorcycle Diaries

The (Vietnamese) Motorcycle Diaries

We did something we would never do at home -- we bought a motorbike. In San Diego, in order to ride a motorcycle, you have to be comfortable going 80+mph on the freeway and being surrounded by massive cars at all times. And, you know, get a special license. In Vietnam, motorbikes are the primary form of transportation for locals...even if they drive like lawless maniacs. "Lawless maniacs" may be a bit extreme, but it is the most haphazard motorcycle driving I've ever witnessed. After a few days we learned some elements of Vietnamese motorcycle traffic:…Read more
Ziplining Through the Jungles of Chiang Mai

Ziplining Through the Jungles of Chiang Mai

Kids spend a lot of time thinking about superheroes. Maybe it's because as children, we're not yet fully aware of our mortality or earthly limitations, or maybe it's because we're still inclined to believe in magic. Whatever the reason, as a child, I found myself devoting a lot of time to thinking about what superpower I would have if given the choice. Mind-reading? Too invasive. Time travel? Lots of loose ends. Super strength? Seemed excessive. But flight, well, the gift of flight always seemed like an excellent idea. And perhaps that is why we went skydiving…Read more
We Ate a Million Things in Thailand (Part One)

We Ate a Million Things in Thailand (Part One)

I have a confession to make: I have a relationship that dates back further than the one I have with Taylor... and it's my relationship with Thai food. My sister Alana introduced our family to a Thai restaurant in Solana Beach many years ago, Bangkok Bay, and it's been true love ever since. If you're in San Diego you HAVE to go. My family still eats there for special occasions and is legit obsessed with their food and service (for good reason). For me, Thai food is so delicious because it uses fresh, seasonal ingredients and relies…Read more
Getting Soaked During Songkran

Getting Soaked During Songkran

3...2...1...HAPPY NEW YEAR! What's that, it's April, you say? You're right, typically in the States we welcome in the New Year on the eve of January 1st, but in Thailand, it's celebrated from April 13th-15th. Thai New Year, or Songkran, is a massive three-day celebration that has the entire nation out in the streets, soaking each other with water. The water is meant to symbolize a washing away of sins and bad luck. If that's the case, then Tay and I are both going to be two lucky little buggers in 2016, because we…Read more
Durbar Square + Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

Durbar Square + Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

You can't go to Kathmandu without going to Durbar Square, right? Wrong! We had every intention of visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site but we didn't seal the deal. After spending all day traipsing around town, we made our way through the capital's dusty streets and after stopping to ask for directions many, MANY times, found our way to Durbar Square. "YASSSSSSSSSS," we collectively thought as we saw Nepal's former royal palaces. After high-fiving and congratulating ourselves on our epic navigation skills, we realized we were surrounded by vendors. SURROUNDED. People hawking scarves, rickshaw…Read more
We Survived Shivaratri

We Survived Shivaratri

"You want to buy some haaaash?" our tuk tuk driver asked with a big smile. "Not particularly" I mouthed as the beaten up cart bounced down one of Kathmandu's crowded, unpaved roads. It wasn't entirely strange for him to be asking, we were headed to celebrate Shivaratri festival, after all. Since we returned to Kathmandu after a month in Melamchi, it seemed like everyone in the city was asking us if we would be celebrating the holiday. Locals smirked and winked at us; their thoughts were obvious, there was no way that two…Read more