Author Archives: Pia

Beginnings and Endings

So, how many of you still think we’re in Berlin? Because, um, since then we’ve been to London, Hawaii, and home for almost three weeks. Maybe no one is even reading this anymore, in which case I can basically write whatever I want without fear of retribution (I still love the Backstreet Boys so much it hurts a little; sometimes I put empty Nutella jars back into the cupboard ...continue reading

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In Bruges, The Canadian Edition (Half as Exciting, Twice as Polite!)

Ah, Bruges. We stayed in an apartment on the most beautiful cobblestone street, lined with old brick buildings, no less than five chocolate shops and even an embroidery shop three blocks down. It was pretty fantastic.

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Paris, Je T’aime

Okay, I know the title of this blog post is basically the worst, but I couldn’t think of anything cleverer and also I’m not terribly original. To wit: This awful black and white photostrip of us in a photobooth at a movie theatre in Paris. Mark is mostly kissing my scarf, since I don’t believe in PDA.

We spent a week in Paris, in an apartment we rented in ...continue reading

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Tropical Visions and Travel Decisions

Hello from Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. We have big news, but I’ll string you along to the end of the post to reveal it. It does NOT involve babies, so you can all just keep your pants on.

After arriving in Hoi An, we mostly just did a whole lot of walking, eating, and having clothes made at the tailors. Oh, and we had some massages. It was all pretty ...continue reading

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Vietnam: Something something rhyming something

Hello ladies and germs! My god, I am hilarious.

Guys, please comment on my blogs. Mark gets all the love and I have resorted to begging. I will respond to anyone who comments with a personalized compliment and/or treasured memory about them that I would have otherwise kept to myself. Incentive!

We are in Hue, Vietnam now ...continue reading

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Deer Attacks and Geisha Packs

We spent eight nights in Kyoto, but have surprisingly few pictures to show for it. I think this has a lot to do with a little bit of travel fatigue on our parts. Once we got there, we sort of crashed for a few days. We did a little bit of sightseeing, but also a lot of catching up on sleep/quiet time. One really nice thing about staying ...continue reading

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Mark and Pia Go To (A) White Castle

So…yeah. This is a restaurant we walked past in Kumamoto. We would have gone in but were too terrified of what we might end up ordering. I mean, cabbages are disgusting.

After leaving Takayama, we took a couple of trains farther south to Hiroshima. It’s a very nice city, with wide streets and super easy to ...continue reading

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Week One

Hello all! I’m writing this from Hong Kong International Airport, as we wait to board a flight to Tokyo. Mark is sitting next to me learning how to say the phrase “I am not Japanese” in Japanese. The past week has been an insane blur of planes and jetlag and delicious food.

We left Vancouver on Monday morning, after ...continue reading

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Home Is Wherever I’m With You

We’re home! And, um, have been for almost two weeks. I kind of forgot about this blog as soon as we drove off the ferry. The promise of free laundry, a home-cooked meal and some interaction with humans besides each other has been like a warm balm to our road-weary souls. Maybe that’s a touch dramatic, but if I never again ...continue reading

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Butterbeers and Mickey Mouse ears

Note: If the above picture doesn’t terrify you, you are a braver person than me.

New York to Orlando: 1736 kilometers (1079 miles – have I mentioned lately that I detest the imperial system?), two and a half days of almost nonstop driving, and one visit to Waffle House (something I would consider moving to ...continue reading

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