Kuala Lumpur & Batu Caves – This Post Is Mostly About Thieving Monkeys…And Queso Dip

Kuala Lumpur & Batu Caves – This Post Is Mostly About Thieving Monkeys…And Queso Dip

After our wonderful stay in Indonesia we hopped on one of Air Asia’s delightfully cheap flights destined for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s shiny, ultra-modern (oil funded) capital city. We spent a couple days in KL wandering around its glitzy shopping malls and pristinely manicured parks. One afternoon our bus was accosted by a man who appeared to be the Muslim equivalent of the Westboro Baptist Church – his ranting was in Malay but based on the fact

Coffee Thoughts – Travel Magic

Our last day in Hanoi and I can say without hesitation that it was the most meaningful stop in Vietnam – and without a doubt the reason is the people. Why we would go back to a sightseeing type of trip, I have no idea. To live with locals and experience life with them, even for a short period, is where the magic of travels lies.  Not in Lonely Planet’s top sights.  Not in a hostel 
Yogyakarta – Long Lost Cousins, Great New Friends

Yogyakarta – Long Lost Cousins, Great New Friends

About 5 years ago my Uncle Dennis met a woman named Shanti.  They clicked immediately and chatted at length nearly every single day – both of them felt there was something special about the situation. But there was one minor obstacle to be overcome; Dennis lived in Vermont and Shanti lived in Yogyakarta, the second most populous city on the island of Java in Indonesia…nearly 10,000 miles away. To make an incredibly long, almost unbelievable story
Firefly- Why Can’t Life Always Be Like This??

Firefly- Why Can’t Life Always Be Like This??

In the planning process of our “round the world” trip, there was one main question that we kept coming back to; what about Firefly? For those of you who aren’t aware, the Firefly Music Festival is held each summer in the fields near Dover, DE, hosting over a hundred thousand attendees who enjoy hundreds of musical acts over a (magical) 4-day weekend.  We have attended the past two years and had such mind-blowingly amazing experiences that
Koh Tao – Paradise Is No Longer Lost, We Found It

Koh Tao – Paradise Is No Longer Lost, We Found It

After the madness and oppressive heat of Bangkok we were quite desperate need of a new location where, at the very least, we could be outside during the day. Fortunately what we found was a little better than that. Koh Tao is the smallest of three neighboring islands in the Bay of Thailand about 500km south of Bangkok. It took us about 13 hours via night train and then another 4 hours on the ferry to
Surviving Bangkok- Eating bugs and Drinking Sang Som

Surviving Bangkok- Eating bugs and Drinking Sang Som

Our flight landed in Bangkok around 2:30am after over 30 hours of combined airport time. Exhausted from the whirlwind of events that had commenced over the past few days, we found refuge in an airport hotel before heading into central Bangkok. The next day we jumped on the sky train bound for our hostel in Silom. The city itself was pretty overwhelming. We had just come from one of the cleanliest and orderly countries in the
“…the Kathmandu airport is unavailable” – The Full Story of Our Detour from Nepal

“…the Kathmandu airport is unavailable” – The Full Story of Our Detour from Nepal

After finishing our three week whirlwind tour of Japan, our next stop was the only one we had decided to plan before leaving home; a 16-day trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. It was supposed to be a dream hike through the Himalayas culminating in the shadow of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest. We were going to make our way through the storied towns that fans of mountaineering literature (see: Krakauer) knows well.
All of Kyoto in One Little Post

All of Kyoto in One Little Post

Apart from our transcendental experience with Buddhas high in the Koyosan mountains, our Japanese venture consisted primarily of city seeing. Kyoto was no exception. We decided to visit the great city of Kyoto twice during our month in Japan since our first attempt was spoiled by four days of consistent rainfall. We couldn’t ask for better weather our second time around and made up for all the sites we missed the first visit. Like this blog
The True Costs of Nuclear Weapons – Hiroshima’s Atomic Bomb Peace Park

The True Costs of Nuclear Weapons – Hiroshima’s Atomic Bomb Peace Park

This was the entire reason we stopped in Hiroshima but nothing could have prepared us for what we were going to experience. As we turned the corner adjacent to the Peace Park Memorial we were greeted with a grizzly scene that set the mood for our visit: This building, formerly the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotional Hall but now known as the A-Bomb Dome, was the only one left standing near the epicenter of the first of
Selfies with Sikas at Nara Park!

Selfies with Sikas at Nara Park!

Being the animal lover that I am, Nara-koen was definitely one of the most entertaining parks that we visited in our Japan travels. It’s a park in the Nara Prefecture, which is home to some of the most noteworthy religious icons as well as hundreds of wild deer. But not just any deer…the elusive Sika stag! And not just “barely catch a glimpse” wild… they walk up to you! It was a perfect mix of culture
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