8. September 2012

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A Cooking Experience In Kyoto

A Cooking Experience In Kyoto

It seems that, so far, our time in Japan has been spent exploring and enjoying endless temples and shrines or seeking out and eating some of the best food in the world. We exist mostly in a relaxed, zen state with full bellies. Perfection. Food in Kyoto is an art form. Tremendous attention is paid […]

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2. September 2012

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Tokyo Feels Like An Old Friend

Tokyo Feels Like An Old Friend

Walking the narrow streets and alleyways near our tiny Tokyo apartment I am filled with a sense of comfort and familiarity. The air is warm and humid even at this late hour. The smoke from yakitori stands beckons me, filling my nose with the aroma of chicken and pork. As the doors to izakayas and sushi […]

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29. August 2012

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Travel To Japan: What Does It Cost (Part One)

Japan Budget Spreadsheet

During our RTW trip we tracked every sole, peso, riel, lira, euro, dinar, rupee, baht, kip, dong, ringgit and rupiah mostly out of necessity as we were on a backpacker budget and needed to know exactly what we had spent and exactly what we had left – even if it took us forever to figure […]

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26. August 2012

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Monday Moment: Vietnam Moto Taxi

Vietnam Moto Taxi

In Vietnam the fastest, and most economical, way of getting around is the moto-taxi. Just like regular taxis, moto-taxi drivers hang out on every street corner waiting for customers. We would simply walk up, point at the map as to where we wanted to go, negotiate a price, and hop on the back. Even if […]

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22. August 2012

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Setting The Criteria

Criteria

Hindsight, they say, is 20/20 and so it is for us.  We figured out back in April that it wasn’t the magic number that would hold us back but we still didn’t seem to be moving forward at a great pace. What was it that was holding us back? If we didn’t need to save […]

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19. August 2012

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Monday Moment: Wadi Rum Lunch

Monday Moment: Wadi Rum Lunch

In the middle of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, sheltered only by the rocky outcropping behind us, we scrounged for wood to make a fire and quickly a Bedouin lunch was created. Although this is not how they truly live today it was easy to imagine what life in this red-hued landscape was like […]

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12. August 2012

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Monday Moment: Thai Amulets

Monday Moment: Thai Amulets

I saw men like this all over northern Thailand; sitting at their folding tables selling their wares, usually to other men. I didn’t realize what they were peddling until we happened on a small shop in a temple one day and realized where they originated from. They are amulets, much like the Saint Christopher pendant that […]

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9. August 2012

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Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Summer has a hold on me and will just not let go. I’m all about lounging in the sun, drinking beer, riding my bike, and hanging with friends. Who has time to blog?! These people, that’s who. These are the folks I know that are just getting on the go. They are on the road, […]

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5. August 2012

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Monday Moment: Chai-Wallah, Rajasthan, India

Chai-wallah, Rajasthan

This is one of my favorite photos from our entire trip. Pulling into the small, roadside stand I couldn’t believe that there would be a phone at all but our driver was adamant that there would be a phone we could use to contact our next hotel and that chai could be had while we […]

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1. August 2012

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Summer Festival Fun: Calgary Folkfest

Calgary Folkfest

Ahhhh, the dog days of summer. The heat is on, punctuated only by summer thunderstorms. Weekends are filled with activity and if  not then they’re spent drinking beer on the patio. Playing hooky is a favorite past-time. The Calgary Folkfest was on this past weekend allowing us to put checks in all the above boxes. Another […]

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29. July 2012

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Monday Moment: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Lake Miniques, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

It’s hot here in Calgary this week. I’m feeling like the dog days of summer have a firm hold on me. Looking through my pics I’m reminded of our trip to Lake Mineques near San Pedro de Atacama in Chile…also in July. It was NOT hot! We knew it would be chilly (no pun intended…okay, […]

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