Back in February in the dark and cold, we planned a beach trip. When we told our friends what we'd be doing, people would say, "That sounds perfect for YOU..." Emphasis on the part where we'd be going, not them. Because this wasn't just a trip to lie on the beach-- we were planning on … Continue reading Kayaking to Paradise
My favorite thing we did in Tokyo was to take a sushi class together. I’d always been very intimidated by sushi, but we went for it and arrived on a Tuesday afternoon. We were welcomed by our two instructors who introduced themselves and showed us where to stow our shoes. Another couple was a no … Continue reading Sushi Class Low Down
When in Japan, sleep as the Japanese do.... on a futon bed. We tried out a futon in our guesthouse and figured it out over the course of four days. Check out the video for the full scoop!
While I was super excited about our trip in Tokyo, I knew that at some point I would like to take a trip outside of the city as well. Early in my research, I stumbled upon Hakone-- a charming area around lake Ashi with natural hot springs and partial views of Fuji. With our limited … Continue reading Tokyo Day Trip
I write this from the tatami floor of our guesthouse following a full day of exploring Tokyo. Sadly my computer is out of juice, but I'll give you a preview of what we've been up to with some of my iPhone photos. We'll start with the important stuff... Like this delicious green tea latte! Alex … Continue reading Hello from Japan!
After we left Shanxi Province, we headed to a region of China I had never been to before—Inner Mongolia. Our first day was spent travelling and settling in to Hohhot. Because Inner Mongolia is really big geographically and sparsely populated, public transport wasn’t much of an option for our trip. Instead, I had booked us … Continue reading Inner Mongolia
After a night's rest in Xi'an, we headed out to go see one of China's five sacred mountains, Huashan. We took the subway, to a high speed train, taxied to the visitor's center, bought an entrance ticket, bought a bus ticket, and rode the bus to our starting point (phew). We could see the surrounding mountains, which … Continue reading The Magnificent, Splendid Huashan
Alex and I were both lucky in that our parents came to visit us this year. Alex’s parents came at the beginning of May, and we had a great time in Beijing! My parents came near the end of June and we got to do a bit of travelling outside of Beijing as well. To … Continue reading Warrior Pose
At the top of most people’s bucket lists for a China visit is SEEING THE GREAT WALL. Which is awesome, no argument at all. But, what a lot of people don’t think about when planning a trip is that this awesome great wall is really long with different sections you could possibly see. So far, … Continue reading Different Walls for Different Days
When my mom reads this she might scoff, but I really love organized spaces. I live by the mantra one can never have enough stuff holders and might subscribe to the buzzfeed organizational newsletter; don’t judge me. But when it comes to packing, organization sometimes gets thrown out of the window. You may have a … Continue reading The New Best Packing Tool