Tokyo, Japan

Friday, March 10 Sometimes I think we'd do well as contestants on The Amazing Race. Then we get into a situation like navigating Shibuya Station while sleep deprived and hangry, then I remember that we would promptly be kicked off after the first episode. Shibuya Station was like being inside of an anthill when it's … Continue reading Tokyo, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

"It is impossible to remain indifferent to Japanese culture... it is a great intellectual challenge and a gorgeous sensual experience."  - Alain Ducasse We loved Japan. So much so that we had difficulty putting our experience into words (clearly, since it's been over six months since our visit!). As we pack our bags for our … Continue reading Kyoto, Japan

Padangbai, Bali

We left Ubud city life and headed to a little fishing village on the coast for some Balinese R&R. Most people only stop briefly in Padangbai to catch the ferry to Lombok or The Gilis, but we heard it was a great spot for diving, so we settled into the OK Divers Resort for a few … Continue reading Padangbai, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Our first stop in Bali was Ubud (pronounced "oobood") - the cultural center of the island. It was incredibly green, and jam-packed with artisans and massage parlors on every corner. The Ubud market was especially intense - and this is after several cities with markets much larger than this one! Let's just say the local … Continue reading Ubud, Bali

Itinerary Update

Interactive trip map: Here is our itinerary:  We leave for our trip on January 30th 4 nights in Hong Kong, China 4 nights in Hanoi, Vietnam 4 nights in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (formerly Saigon) 3 nights in Siem Reap, Cambodia 5 nights in Koh Lanta, Thailand 4 nights in Chiang Mai, Thailand 3 … Continue reading Itinerary Update


November 9th-14th Wednesday, November 9th This was the last excursion trip via the 2015-16 companion pass. I've always heard that Belize is a nice place to visit, so we decided to go the week following the presidential election (in hindsight that was an excellent decision). We flew Southwest via Houston to Belize City. Houston Hobby … Continue reading Belize


October 14-16th Another companion pass inspired weekend getaway. I've been to Austin several times to visit my friend Marshall, but this was Lindsay's first trip. We enjoyed some great food truck dinners, bars around 6th street, and freshwater springs around Austin. It was a quick weekend trip, but Lindsay enjoyed her first visit and we will … Continue reading Austin