One Year Later

One Year Later

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Curacao, General Travel, Running | One Comment

It’s been over a year since Pierre and I returned from our Big Adventure. The only thing more mind-boggling to me than how quickly the time has flown by is how retrenched we’ve become in a stationary lifestyle. When we were traveling, I couldn’t fathom not being on the road. Now, like the rest of […]

Surreal Travel Moments

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma), Running | No Comments

There are moments in travel that are so surreal, they lend a magical hue to one’s memories of a place. These moments may not be the “big” ones; the first-time-you-spot-the-Eiffel-Tower or the watching-a-lion-stalk-a-gazelle ones, but they are the ones you will carry with you long after you’ve returned home, even without a photograph to remind […]

Capital to Capital

Capital to Capital

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Canada, Running, United States | No Comments

One cannot go to Washington, D.C. without feeling awed by the power that resides there. Sure, it often feels like nothing actually gets done in our nation’s capital, but when you can go for a run past the White House and the Supreme Court, and then have dinner at a table next to several senators (hey […]

The Ultimate Packing List for a Round-the-World Trip

When we were getting ready to take off on our Big Adventure, one of the things we agonized about the most was how on earth to pack for a yearlong trip. This task was especially daunting to me, as until that point, my bags had almost invariably gotten the “Heavy” tag added to them every […]

Amnesia-Free Kyoto

Amnesia-Free Kyoto

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in General Travel, Japan, Running | No Comments

When we came to Japan ten years ago, Kyoto was our first stop. We may have been severely jet-lagged, but neither of us can remember what the heck we did during that visit. We don’t think we visited any temples, we kind of remember doing some shopping (but maybe not), and I think, but cannot […]

Japan, Ten Years Later

Japan, Ten Years Later

Posted by 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 […]

Mandalay: It’s Not What You Think (But It’s Alright)

Mandalay: It’s Not What You Think (But It’s Alright)

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma), Running | 2 Comments

Hear the word “Mandalay” and your mind is likely to conjure up images of gently swaying palm trees, dark-stained teak houses, and women with long skirts, conical bamboo hats, and parasols. Think again. Today, Mandalay is a noisy, gritty, bustling city – Burma’s second largest – with shopping malls, coffee shops, and motorbikes. Lots and […]

I Want Some Weirdness, Dammit!

I Want Some Weirdness, Dammit!

Posted by 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 […]

Nice Is Nice (Monaco, Not So Much)

Nice Is Nice (Monaco, Not So Much)

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in France, General Travel, Monaco, Running | One Comment

I know, I know, my title is super creative. But it’s true — Nice is a beautiful city. Sure, it’s a little grittier than I remembered, but it hasn’t lost the beautiful architecture, the surrounding green hillsides, and the broad Promenade des Anglais, perfect for running and cycling along the ocean. The rocky beach leaves a […]

What Are We Doing in Our Village?

What Are We Doing in Our Village?

You may be wondering what we’re doing in and around our little village of Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon, or you may be wondering what (in our right minds) we are doing in such a tiny little town for 1 month. Either question is appropriate. As Robin mentioned in her last post, we wanted to chill for a bit and […]