Top of the World on Mount Norikura

Who doesn’t love sunrises? This was the thought going through my head as J and I discussed our plans to take an early morning bus ride to the top of Mount Norikura to watch the sun come up. The two of us were enjoying some nature time in the Japanese wilderness of the Norikura Kogen …

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Getting off the Beaten Track 

People think traveling is about taking photos of cool places you saw on your instagram feed.  That might be your initial motivation for booking that trip, but in reality, it's about so much more than. Everybody likes to look at those images and admire their beauty, but what about the story behind the photo? What …

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The Saddest Little Monkey Show

After our disappointing experience at the Floating Market, we were out of money, and the temperature outside was nearly 40°C (or 104°F for you Imperials).  J and I forgot to bring water and snacks, and we still had several hours before we had to catch our train to Chiang Mai.  We asked our driver if …

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The Floating Tourist Trap

Every guide book I read about Thailand, every Google search I did on "Best Places to Visit in Thailand" said no trip to the South-East Asian country is complete without a trip to the floating market.  J and I had a free day in Bangkok before we were hopping on a train to head North …

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I Think My Face is Melting

As J and I stepped out into the dense night air at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, we looked at each other knowing that the same thought was running through our minds. If it's this hot at 1 in the morning, what's it going to be like in the middle of the day? That short …

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