The Fuji Experience: 10 Things to Know Before the Climb

Walking Stick You start the climb at the 5th Station, where you will find restaurants, souvenir shops, and bathrooms. Generally things here are over-priced and cheesy. But I urge you to stop in and buy a traditional walking stick. Not only will you be glad you have it for the climb, but you will love it as a souvenir. Every station features one or more … Continue reading The Fuji Experience: 10 Things to Know Before the Climb

My Travel Bucket List

Where is it? That one place you most wish to travel? Can you picture it in your mind? Have you memorized the famous photographs of natural landmarks and timeless architecture? You might even be the type who knows which restaurants you will patronize. Or maybe you’ve already chosen the perfect hotel, with gorgeous views and lush accommodations. Here is my travel bucket list. 10 places … Continue reading My Travel Bucket List

Raohe Ramblings: A Taiwanese Tradition

Take a walk with me as we journey through the Raohe Night Market in Taipei. Feel the crowd closing in, each step you take an effort to push through the busy street. Enjoy the stark contrast of neon against the evening sky. Listen to the symphony of sounds that assault you; a chorus of Taiwanese vendors shouting their wares, titillated tourists giggling gaily, and raw … Continue reading Raohe Ramblings: A Taiwanese Tradition

10 Things You Will Forget to Pack

Don’t leave these essentials off your packing list. I’m not referring to your passport and phone charger. I hope you will remember to pack the basics like underwear and pants. No, these are the items that aren’t on your list but might end up saving the day! 1. Tide to Go Hopefully you’re a smart packer and didn’t bring your entire wardrobe. So when you spill delicious … Continue reading 10 Things You Will Forget to Pack

The Tokyo Layover: 48 Hours to See it All

Alex and I are overjoyed that just a few months after moving to Japan we already have a line of guests coming to stay. But with these visits, come responsibilities. Sure, we need to clean the house and change the bed linens. But beyond that, we have an obligation to make sure that our friends and family see as much as they can during their … Continue reading The Tokyo Layover: 48 Hours to See it All

The Souvenir Shelf: From Tacky to Classy

I am the luckiest girl in the world. I have amazing parents who encouraged and supported my journeys across the globe, and I’m married to a like-minded man, similarly bitten by the travel bug. While we’ve already been so many places, our bucket list is still a mile long and growing. When you travel as much as we do, however, things can begin to run … Continue reading The Souvenir Shelf: From Tacky to Classy