Brașov: We’re Home

Brașov, Romania, is everything we wanted for August. It oozes European old-world charm, offers incredible opportunities for daily hiking, has every amenity you’d want, delicious restaurants, low cost of living, AND has superfast internet (if you want to know why Romania has super-fast internet, here is an interesting article). For the summertime, Brașov may be…

Full Irish

Chad and I decided to start our fourth leg in Ireland for a very simple reason: Dublin was the cheapest round trip flight to Europe in the period we decided to book the flight. That’s become our general strategy for the more far-flung continents – just get to the continent as inexpensively as possible and…

FAQ – What Did We Learn in Leg 3

From the very beginning of our planning, we expected our Asia leg to be the most exotic and therefore most memorable of our initial three long trips. What we didn’t expect was how many once-in-a-lifetime experiences we’d be able to pack in and how many of them we could only describe as “magical.” While so…

FAQ – How Did Our Numbers Look for Leg 3?

Numbers are great for wrapping our heads around all the experiences we’ve had. So, here is our 3rd leg represented in numbers: Countries visited: 5, all new for us – Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, IndonesiaCities visited (overnight): 9Number of hotels: 8Number of hotel nights: 17Number of apartments: 4Number of apartment nights: 68Total beds slept in:…

Bali – A Beautiful Mixed Bag

We had very high expectations for our two weeks in Bali. The town of Canggu has been #1 on Nomadlist, a website we use to help us estimate costs for places and get ideas on where to go, since before we left on our trip over a year ago. Over and over we’ve heard wonderful…

Extraordinary Osaka

Our life in Osaka was a funny mix of normal and amazing. We established an easy routine and were very comfortable in our small Airbnb apartment. We had perfect late spring weather throughout our stay and made a lot of time for activities – so much so that we left Osaka a little tired and…

Hiroshima by Shinkansen

We really wanted to visit Hiroshima for a number of reasons, but the main one was that we felt it important to confront the troubled history of what the U.S. did to this city in World War II with the atomic bond. Also, it is the setting for one of my favorite films and an…

Hello, Tokyo

Tokyo may be the most wonderfully strange, utterly magical city in the world. From hyper-efficient public transit to fun modes of serving food to throngs of people wearing suits to beautiful parks and temples to the shining city lights at night, we LOVED it. It doesn’t hurt that Tokyo is the capital of the most…

FAQ – What Did We Learn in Leg 2?

First, some positive reinforcement. I have done such a good job catching up on the blog during our time in Asia. I wrote our last two Europe posts at the start of our Asia leg two months ago and in that time have not only managed to complete all my Mexico/South America posts but also…

FAQ – Can You Summarize Leg 2 in Numbers?

Leg 2 By The Numbers It was a lot of fun for me and Chad to break out the data on Leg 1 and see where we went, how we traveled, where we slept and what we did and ate as a series of statistics. So, I’m doing the same with Leg 2. Without further…