Japanniversary #2

The day before our Japanniversary, Will woke up crying. His eyelids were glued together with green goop and dried crud was stuck to his cheeks. It was our first bout with pinkeye. I also woke up to the news that Trump had pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement--another day being embarrassed as an American … Continue reading Japanniversary #2

Feeding My Seoul

Seoul, South Korea I admit I was visiting Seoul to use China's 72 hour Free Visa Transit program that is available when travelling to Beijing between two different countries. When Mike informed me that he would be in South Korea for work. I realized Will and I could go to Beijing then meet Mike there. … Continue reading Feeding My Seoul

Less Than 72 Hours in Beijing

Beijing, China MONDAY EVENING We exited Chinese customs, Will entering the main arrival area like a rock star. He was dressed like Spider Man shouting "Nî háo" (hello) and giving high fives to all the people waiting for their guests. It'd been a bit of a stressful day so I was glad for the comic … Continue reading Less Than 72 Hours in Beijing

99 Hours in Japan

MONDAY I'd been saving the Hakone Round Course tour (a day long circuit of scenic Hakone mountain utilizing rail, cable cars, ropeway, a boat, and buses) until we had visitors. When Breeann and Liam asked if they could visit us for a few days before Christmas, I knew I wanted to add this to the … Continue reading 99 Hours in Japan

On the Deer Path

Nara, Japan Fall Trip Part 3 Utterly delightful, Nara was Japan's first permanent capital from 710 to 784, so it has multiple older temples and shrines. Nara is further unique as 1200 tame deer freely roam the city. These Sika deer are considered a national treasure, and many people believe their close proximity to sacred … Continue reading On the Deer Path

Tokyo is Yours

Our very first visit to Tokyo, Will and his friend Phillip played on a playground tagged with the phrase, "Tokyo is Yours". I passed this again when sight-seeing with my good friend, Danny, last week and the slogan has been on my mind ever since… Two weeks, Mike got word early Sunday evening that he had … Continue reading Tokyo is Yours

Oh My Buddha: Thailand Part 1

Chiang Mai, Thailand Day 1, 93 degrees I knew a cold front was going to cool temperatures down in the next couple days, so we started our vacation with a dip in the hotel pool. As described Yaang Come Village was quite the oasis, nestled just outside the old city but resembling a tropical jungle … Continue reading Oh My Buddha: Thailand Part 1