Kathmandu, Nepal: The City of Enchanting Chaos

I’m not even sure where to begin this blog post on our trip to Nepal, specifically Kathmandu.  Literally, I might be a loss of words by the chaos that was this city.  From the moment we stepped off the plane onto a runway, and inhaled a huge amount of dust and gasoline fumes, we were…

The Layover: 24 Hours in Hong Kong

“Hong Kong. With 7 million people, it’s one of the most densely packed cities on earth, but it’s also densely packed with amazing food and every kind of craziness. China … but not China. A thing all its own. Basically, if you can’t enjoy Hong Kong for a few hours or days, there’s no hope…

Reflection: A Year in the Life of an American Shufu主婦 (Housewife)

A week early one year Japan anniversary blog post, brought to you by our upcoming travels! Enjoy!  Happy one year Japaniversary to us!! How has it already been a year?  At times it’s felt like an eternity while on the other hand there are days where I blink and a month goes by.  I’ve been anxious…

Beijing 北京: The China Chapter

Tips on visiting China from an inexperienced China traveler: Speak Chinese Better yet, be Chinese Hire a driver Never try to hail a cab Pray when crossing the street Be a brave eater Wear a blindfold when riding in a car Beer is probably safer then water, you should drink this instead Be careful of…

Weird, Wacky, Wonderful Japan

Common hashtags I find myself using these days are #becausejapan or #onlyinjapan, because honestly there are things in this country that are just so uniquely Japanese.  From the weird to the wonderful this place just marches to the beat of it’s own drum. I’ve been holding out writing this random post so I could collect enough…

Adventures in Photography: The Kyoto & Tokyo Edition

It finally happened.  I caved and John bought us a camera.  After a few back and forths, excel spreadsheet comparisons, and navigating a camera store in Japan, we are now the very proud owners of a Nikon d610.  I’m such a novice when it comes to this stuff, but I’m told that it’s a nice…

Winter in Japan: Tales from Hokkaido & Hakuba

Ah winter in Japan such a lovely time of year-if you’re in the right city.  I’ll be honest Nagoya doesn’t have much of a winter.  Sure do they call it the winter season and do the Japanese break out everything from fancy fur coats to long johns? Most definitely! But it really hasn’t been that…

Nagano Prefecture: Ryokan, Skiing, & Monkeys Oh My!

First and foremost Happy 31st Birthday to my hubby!! It was all in celebration to him that we found ourselves in Nagano this past weekend.  I had been bouncing ideas back and forth on where to celebrate John’s first birthday in Japan, and the infamous prefecture of Nagano kept coming to the forefront, so to…

New Zealand Road Trippin’ Part 2: The South Island

“The south island is said be God’s paradise” -Nigel a Kiwi pub owner on the north island Before we even made it half way down the north island, we started to meet Kiwi’s that would ask if we were planning to visit the south island, almost like they would be offended if we didn’t.  Of course our plan…

New Zealand Road Trippin’ Part 1: The North Island

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings I had to throw in a Lord of the Rings quote because well duh we just…

Culture Shock Stage 4: The Autonomy Stage

“This is the first stage in acceptance. Sometimes called the emergence stage when you start to come out of the ‘fog’ and finally begin to feel like yourself again. You start to accept the differences and feel like you can begin to live with them. You feel more confident and better able to cope with…