Chiang Mai: A week of food, temples, and natural wonder

Sean and I have already been in Chiang Mai for a week and it has flown by. We have fallen back in love with this beautiful country and are so grateful to have such an amazing friend living in Chiang Mai to show us around and give us countless tips on making the most of…

China’s Social Credit System

In June of 2014 the Chinese government announced plans to build a “social credit” system similar to the credit score systems that exist today in the United States, except on an entirely different scale. The goal is to incentivize good behavior among citizens and build more trust among society. China is already well known for…

Peace and Quiet in Shenzhen, China

Sean and I went on a date in Hong Kong and are in love with our lives in Shenzhen where it is quiet and peaceful. The Lunar New Year celebrations are under way and it has added a lovely homey feel to our neighborhood.  Since we have settled into our Shenzhen apartment, we have already…

Hong Kong to Shenzhen: an ending and a new beginning

Our last days in Hong Kong were spent running errands and visiting the majestic Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island. I am writing this from Shenzhen where we have settled into our Airbnb apartment. One of the last touristy things we got to do in Hong Kong was visit the Tian Tan Buddha located in…

Reflection and What Lies Ahead

As we wrap up our time in Hanoi, I want to reflect on some of the lessons we have learned as well as explain what lead us to this point. The challenges we have faced have taught us a lot about ourselves and we are more determined than ever to achieve our goals. We can’t…

Happy New Year!

The past year has been one of great change. Just judging from the amount of photos we took this year, it’s obvious we’ve been very busy. We visited four countries plus traveled all over the USA, spent time with friends and family, moved from Seattle to Asheville and finally to where we are now, in…

Settling into Hà Nội

Sean and I have been living on our own in Hà Nội for a little over two weeks. To explain what we’ve been up to during that time, I’ve broken things down into three parts. Step One: Finding an Apartment Our first problem to solve was to find a place to stay for the two…

From Sài Gòn to Hà Nội: An Overview

The last stop on our two week Vietnam vacation was Hà Nội, the capital of Vietnam. We only had a little time before we had to part ways with our friends and begin life here on our own. We mostly used the last day to get some gifts at the night market, drink boba, and…

Hạ Long Bay: A Natural Beauty

To top off an already amazing trip, the last main event of our vacation was at Hạ Long Bay, famous for its uniquely gorgeous landscape. Even though this segment of the trip was the most touristy and least spontaneous, it was a worthwhile vacation destination. The beautiful vistas in every direction, cave exploring, and plentiful…

Getting muddy in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng

Phong Nha National Park was my favorite part of the trip. There were multiple firsts: first time in a gigantic cave, first time in a cave without any light, first time frolicking around in mud in a cave (or anywhere), and first time ziplining in such a beautiful location.

Hội An: from Tailors to Temples

Even though Hội An itself was probably my least favorite city since it was swarming with tourists and shop owners constantly trying to sell to you, I loved traveling to the nearby attractions. We also splurged on our apartment for this city and the villa we stayed in did not disappoint. During our three day, two…