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Koyasan, JapanAfter three and a half weeks in Japan, I no longer have Turning Japanese in my head 24 hours a day; it’s been replaced by Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips.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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Holiday Celebrations and Asia Preparations

butchart gardensWell, somehow our 6 weeks in Victoria are almost done. It really doesn’t feel like we’ve been here that long, yet, at the same time, it feels like ages ago that we were living in a minivan; it’s funny how distorted our perception of time can be. It has definitely been nice being home, seeing our friends and family, having a real kitchen to cook in, some space, some consistency, ...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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Canucks Of The Caribbean

canucks of the caribbeanAfter a few days of theme parks (which did their best to ensure that we were sick of Christmas even earlier than usual), we got on a 7-day Caribbean cruise that we were able to book last-minute for really cheap. We were very enthusiastic about the opportunity to slow the pace down a little, get some work done, relax, etc.

We left from Port Canaveral, which is right ...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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Sand, Snow, and Skyscrapers

new york skylineWe drove South-East from Boston (Bahhston) to Cape Cod (Cape Cahhd), a New England summer vacation hotspot (hahht… well, you get the picture). Despite the fact that it was pouring rain as we drove out to the cape, it was easy to see why it’s such a popular destination. The towns are all adorable, full of colonial-style buildings, artisan shops, and (at the end ...continue reading

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