A very happy birthday in Shinjuku

To celebrate my birthday this year, we headed to the trendy and fashionable area of Shinjuku, for a short overnight trip. When we arrived at the hotel, there was a clown in the lobby making balloon animals for kids. Very…

Quirky observations from the Tokyo Disney parks

The Tokyo Disney parks are both familiar and quirky, all at the same time. Disney in Japan is serious business! On our most recent visit to both Disneyland and Disney Sea, I wanted to record some of these differences, so we…

A sobering day at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Next stop on our Japanese road trip, Hiroshima. Sadly, this is a city that needs no introduction. As I looked out the hotel window, it was hard to imagine that 70 years ago, this August, this beautiful city was nothing…

Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Japan

Our first day in Hiroshima was spent at Itsukushima Island, known as Miyajima, (or “shrine island), to the locals. It is about 30 minutes outside of downtown Hiroshima and you get there by ferry. We made a quick stop for…

Japanese road trip! Osaka and a castle

The first stop on a recent Japanese road trip was the city of Osaka, which is Japan’s second largest city. And with a population of 19 million, probably one of the worlds largest cities, too! Originally a merchant city, Osaka…

One night in Bangkok (yes, I HAD to say it)

 One night in Bangkok, and the world’s your oyster…or so the song goes. (If you’re not a product of the 80’s, disregard). Since we couldn’t bear to leave the beach earlier, we only had a few hours to explore this…

Hua Hin, Thailand’s original beach destination

Hua Hin originated as a beach destination for royalty to escape the brutal Thai heat, back in the early twentieth century. And with such close proximity to Bangkok, it remains popular today with locals and tourists alike. After (barely) surviving…

Overnight train to Bangkok, sleep not included

Matt has been trying to sell me on the finer points of overnight train travel, for quite some time now. Luckily, we dodged that bullet in Vietnam because they were sold out. But, this time, no such luck. We booked…

Thai cooking school, Chiang Mai

For our last day in Chiang Mai, we decided to try Thai cooking school. We had such a good experience cooking in Vietnam, we tried it again. And who doesn’t love Thai food?! This lady was carving bars of soap,…


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