Category Archives: Asia

American Tanks And The Thames’ Banks

saigon and londonWe finished off our time in Vietnam in the former South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City (though, confusingly, most people still call it Saigon and the central district is still officially called Saigon). We were somewhat surprised by how much more cosmopolitain it is than Hanoi, with modern architecture, skyscrapers, and posh shopping malls. The traffic actually ...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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Long Hue Round

ho chi minh trail

Whew… It’s been a busy few days. I apologize in advance if this is a crazy-long post, but we just have so much to tell you!

As Pia mentioned, after Hanoi and Ha Long Bay we headed to the center of the country to the small-ish city of Hue (pronounced hway), which is just South of the DMZ (demilitarized zone that once separated North and South Vietnam). After the frenetic ...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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Goodnight, Japan; Good Morning, Vietnam

Well, it’s time to wrap up the Japan section of the trip. All in all, we loved Japan. It’s a beautiful country and we are so glad we went there. A month, it turns out, was a little long. By the end we were getting a little bored of shrines, temples, and Japanese shopping, and we’re really looking forward to a change of food.

We’re spoiled at home with a wide range of foods available to us, there ...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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Fish Tales and Monk-y Business

Okunoin Cemetery - Koyasan, JapanAfter three and a half weeks in Japan, I no longer have Turning Japanese in my head 24 hours a day; it’s been replaced by Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips. Oh Japanese-inspired pop ...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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Vending Machines and Temperature Extremes

tokyo to takayamaWell, we’ve been in Japan for a week now, which makes seven days of having the song Turning Japanese in my head. We’re loving it here. The people are lovely, there is so much beautiful old (and old fashioned) architecture, and I find Tokyo, despite being the largest metropolitan area in the world, to be remarkably calm ...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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