While traveling, I was the only one between the two of us that had an ATM card (Charles Schwab) that reimbursed ATM fees (usually around $5/visit) and a credit card with no foreign transaction fees (Chase Marriot). This was vital for us, and resulted in David coining a song that went something like this “Spending … More Spending Lotsa Money!
While being in a foreign country for a long period of time can make you feel homesick, being American usually means that the familiarity of home isn’t much further away than your closest 7/11 store (which are everywhere). Before we went out to Asia, I felt a lot of anxiety about what I would need … More Familiar Products, with a Foreign Twist
This is a post by Jenny. Island hopping and beach going every day has been great, though a bit tiring to go somewhere new or travel every 2-3 days. Oh the woes we face! We took two ferries from Ko Jum to get to the island of Ko Phi Phi, which became very famous in … More Island Hopping!
This is a post by Jenny. I’m writing this entry from the front of a ferry boat in the southern Thailand province of Krabi, on the Andaman Sea (part of the Indian Ocean). We’ve been island hopping for nearly two weeks, enjoying the beauty of the area. It’s early morning, the sun is out, and … More I’m on a Boat!!!
We’ve uploaded a few videos to our posts, but we just found out that the videos don’t show up in email! So if you are reading our blog by email or by RSS, you may have missed a few clips. From now on we’ll note when there’s a video on the blog and you’ll have … More Monkey (and videos)
This is a poem by David This is an ode to asian transportation Often the cause of much consternation The classic Thai ride is the ubiquitous tuk-tuk They’re down every street and alley you look Imagine, if you can, a big motor bike With a cage welded on to make it a trike Now add … More An Ode to Asian Transportation
[Note: This blog post is not about fun adventures we’ve been having, but rather difficult things we have seen. While it is depressing, it is reality here and as travelers we feel an obligation to share and educate those around us.] While in Laos and Cambodia, the subject of economics and inequality has been on … More An Examination of Conscience
The Kuang Si Waterfalls are about 45 minutes outside Luang Prabang, Laos by songtao (a sort of truck). We spent the day there admiring the falls and swimming. There is also a rescue center for Moon Bears and Sun Bears. We spent some time watching them play, but we didn’t manage to get any good … More Kuang Si Waterfalls
This is a post by Jenny Today we rode elephants and it was one of the most incredible experiences we have ever had. We went to an elephant farm to participate in mahout training. (Mahouts are elephant trainers.) First, we were given traditional mahout clothing to change into: Then we were given a briefing on … More Riding on an Elephant
This is a post by Jenny. Nothing I read or heard before traveling could have prepared me for the culture shock and discomfort we’d face when arriving in a foreign country. It’s actually fascinating to understand and reflect on the feelings of discomfort that come from not knowing the social expectations. We felt most uncomfortable … More Arrival in a Foreign Land