Happiness and Luck

Vietnam and Cambodia Trip Part One: Hoi An Vietnam has been high on my travel list ever since I lived with several Australians in Tanzania who all raved about it. I’d initially planned this trip for last year but it got swapped for Beijing and Seoul when we thought Mike had to spend last March … Continue reading Happiness and Luck

Another 99 Hours in Japan

Last December, Bree and Liam came to visit, squeezing in a quick trip before Christmas. They enjoyed their time enough to return again this year for another 99 hours in Japan. Arriving late Sunday afternoon, Bree and Liam crashed not long after getting to our house. Waking early on Monday, we decided to drive to … Continue reading Another 99 Hours in Japan

Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Cities

THURSDAY I was engrossed in my in-flight movie and had lost track of time. I looked outside; we were level with water and fishing boats. Before I could completely panic, the wheels touched the tarmac. We were in Hong Kong.  Customs were super efficient, and we quickly picked up a pocket wifi, purchased our Octopus … Continue reading Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Cities

Ikimasho: Travel with Little Ones

Vanessa, Jaxon and Isaac's Visit Part 2 Vanessa and I met in Maryland when Will and Jaxon were 18 months old. We hit it off immediately and became adventure buddies taking the boys on weekly outings exploring Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Not many people would journey halfway around the world with a four year old … Continue reading Ikimasho: Travel with Little Ones

Tokyo is Mine

Vanessa, Jaxon and Isaac's Visit Part 1 Walking Vanessa and our boys to our first sight-seeing destination, I was delighted to see the familiar graffiti "Tokyo is Yours". It always reminds me of my very first visit to Tokyo. I lined the boys up under the words and told him to say, "Tokyo is Yours!" … Continue reading Tokyo is Mine

One Thousand Samurai and One Ninja in Nikko

Exhausted and emotionally drained, I boarded the ITT bus for Nikko at 4:15 am. Will and I were headed to a Samurai Parade and a boat ride in this scenic area north of Tokyo. Mike had returned from Nepal the night before and had planned to use the last day of his leave to rest. … Continue reading One Thousand Samurai and One Ninja in Nikko