How to Budget for a Round-the-World Trip

How to Budget for a Round-the-World Trip

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 in General Travel, Preparations | 2 Comments

Since Robin and I are going to be speaking at Meet Plan Go‘s San Francisco event in mid-October,  I thought I’d finally get my act together and and write this post. Robin’s specialty, as everyone who’s ever met her already knows, is planning. She’ll be speaking in breakout sessions that focus on proper planning for […]

Bitter Beer Pictures

Bitter Beer Pictures

Posted on May 7, 2012 in General Travel | No Comments

On Friday I snapped our last beer picture along the Oakland waterfront. Robin had the idea to use a couple of cans of Bitter American, a brew from the 21st Amendment restaurant/pub in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. We figured it would capture our feelings about being back and our trip being over. Yeah, we’re a […]

It’s Been a Banner Year!

It’s Been a Banner Year!

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 in General Travel | 2 Comments

During our travels, we gathered our best pictures and posted them on the homepage. We called them banners, and exceptional pictures were considered “banner-worthy.” We ended up gathering quite a few of them, and inserted them into the homepage rotation on a regular basis. Now that we’re home, it’s fun to take a look at […]

What’s With the Bunny Obsession?

What’s With the Bunny Obsession?

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 in General Travel, Japan | No Comments

The Japanese love their cute cuddly bunnies. I don’t know why, but they’re everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. I started taking pictures of them midway through our two weeks in Japan, and I ended up with quite the collection. In Kyoto, we even stumbled upon a store with nothing but bunnies. So, without further ado, here’s […]

Wild Goose Chases

Wild Goose Chases

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 in General Travel, Japan | One Comment

With Kyoto behind us and our remaining time in Japan ticking away, we headed to Mt. Fuji’s Five Lakes region. I had convinced Robin that it would be cool to spend a couple of days at the foot of this massive volcano, so we climbed aboard another Shinkansen and rode the rails to Mishima. There, […]

Waiter, There’s a Snow Monkey in my Hot Tub!

Waiter, There’s a Snow Monkey in my Hot Tub!

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 in General Travel, Japan | One Comment

In a remote park in the Japanese Alps, some unique macaques spend their days soaking in hot springs. All that’s missing is the beer.

Japan, Ten Years Later

Japan, Ten Years Later

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 in General Travel, Japan, Running | 3 Comments

Can there be a sharper contrast of cultures than Japan and Burma? A place where cleanliness is almost a national religion vs. one where some restaurants wash their dishes with river water and men are constantly spitting everywhere? A country with talking toilets vs. one with some of the most atrocious bathrooms that I’ve ever […]

Burmese Bus Rides

Burmese Bus Rides

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma) | No Comments

Our bus trips throughout Burma were, um, different. Burmese people have various options available to them when it comes to travel. In decreasing order of comfort, they are: highway (AC) coaches, regional (non-AC) buses, minibuses (both long- and short- distance), and pickup trucks. The highway coaches are large, comfy buses imported from Japan or Korea. […]

I’m Baganning to Like it Here

I’m Baganning to Like it Here

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma) | 3 Comments

I must admit that I haven’t completely fallen in love with Burma. There have been plenty of awe-inspiring moments and a few truly bizarre experiences here and there, but for every cool conversation with monks on a bridge there’s a dumb-ass bus or taxi driver that I want to strangle with my bare hands. It’s […]

I Want Some Weirdness, Dammit!

I Want Some Weirdness, Dammit!

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma), Running | 4 Comments

Four days into our visit to Burma, I found myself somewhat bothered by the apparent ordinariness of the country. Yangon was fascinating in many respects and the countryside looked a bit like a low-tech version of rural Thailand, but I had expected something much more 1984-ish than what we’d seen so far. Where was the […]