In One Photo: Penang

It’s not easy to sum up the entire experience of a place in just one photo. It’s also hard to keep up with documenting everything you see when you change cities every few nights. Backpacker problems. So for now, when I don’t have time (or enough to say) about a certain place I’ll pick my…

A Permanent Blessing: Getting Sacred Tattoos at Wat Bang Phra

We sat cross-legged on the floor in a dim room with around 25 others patiently waiting for a turn before the monk. The monk looked fairly young and he didn’t speak a word to anyone. He barely looked up from his work, only occasionally glancing around at his quitely humming audience or up towards the…

Falling in Love With Gili Air

I never believed in love at first sight until it happened to me. Last month, I fell in love hard. With a place called Gili Air. The island of Gili Air off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia is one of the most beautiful places we’ve visited so far, and easily one of my favorites. I…

Seeking Authenticity in Singapore

Singapore is a very clean, organized, futuristic city. I think it may be one of the most organized places in the world. It is a successful scale model, a preview of what the future will be like. Everything is clearly labeled and efficiency is king. In one of the malls, there were signs by the…

Adventures in Kerala

Before we move too much further in our travels, I’d like to reflect a bit more back on India. Specifically, on the very interesting time we had in Kerala. Expedia somehow mixed up the booking for our hotel at the Munnar hill station, which is a busy little mountain town a 5-hour drive from the…

The (Unapologetic) Island Life

So we will be the first ones to admit: we have done a terrible job keeping up with the blog. Though, it’s for what I see as a very good reason: For the past few weeks we were living the island life. There are two main factors that make island life and productivity  improper bedfellows:…

When in Bombay

Hey for real! I’ve now been in India for 2 1/2 weeks and we’ve done a lot in that time. We’ve made our way from Mumbai to Goa to Kerala and now Bangalore. Jamie and I have not been doing a good job keeping up with the blog so far and we know this!  We…

Thanks Wyclef

Thank you Wyclef Jean, for creating this aptly-titled song. Here’s a remix of ‘Gone till November’ with R. Kelly and some dude named Canibus, which I just discovered. You’re welcome. 1997 y’all.   – Michelle

New York Wishes

As I’m mentally preparing myself to leave New York for a much more exotic and less familiar locale, I’ve been trying my best to soak in everything I love about the city.  While no place I’ve visited feels like home quite like this big, smelly city does, I don’t think I’ll miss it too terribly….

Nine days and counting

My departure date is now in the Ten-Day Forecast. May 25. A one-way ticket to the other side of the planet. Jamie has returned to civilization after 40 days trekking in the Himalayas. We have heard from her and she is doing well. She is currently preparing to be in an Indian wedding in Mumbai….