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Earthquakes in Nepal

Earthquakes in Nepal

Nepal was struck by a massive earthquake last week, the second in less than a month. While we were in Nepal months ago, our first post about our adventures published the same day as the first earthquake. We have many more tales to share about our time in Nepal - about the people we met, the stories they told us, and the culture and landscapes we witnessed. It seemed inappropriate, however, to post more blogs about our adventures in the darkest period immediately after the earthquake. We will return to those stories, but first I want to share a few thoughts about travel and forming emotional connections to other people and places.

Travel Scams I

Travel Scams I

Most of the people we meet while traveling are friendly and generous and often curious, helping us find that landmark we were looking for or asking us questions about our travel. There are people who are less scrupulous, however, and we do have to be on the lookout for scams targeting tourists. We've had a few encounters that are noteworthy.

Six Months on the Road

Six Months on the Road

Kelsi and I set out from Boston six months ago and this seems like an opportune time to reflect on the trip thus far. Although on the blog we’re still posting stories from India, I write this from a café/bar on an island in Vietnam. Vietnam is our last stop in Asia and we soon be flying back over the Pacific. We have lot more stories to share from India and the rest of Asia, so expect more of those to come after this post, but for now I take a moment to look back.

Children, Hawking and Begging

Children, Hawking and Begging

One of the most difficult things, if not the most difficult thing, we've seen while traveling is children begging  on the side of the road or hawking souvenirs at tourist sites, which is very common in Asia (outside China and Japan). Each time we are approached by a child it is a painful experience. Painful because the kid is cute and probably does need help, but we have a strict rule that we will only offer them is a smile and a polite "no thank you."

Three Months on the Road

Three Months on the Road

It's now been over three months since Kelsi and I boarded a plane in Boston on our way to Tokyo. This has been the longest I have ever been out of the United States. Three months is a big enough enough milestone to warrant a short pause and reflection of our time thus far.

Hong Kong Tidbits

Hong Kong Tidbits

Hong Kong was four days of whirlwind activity. We were lucky enough to be hosted by my cousin Kirsten (mom's side) and her family, and also to be joined for a day by my cousin Jason (dad's side) who lives across the border in mainland China in the city of Shenzhen. Today's blog is a sample of our favorite activities and observations from Hong Kong.