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Love for the Nusa Islands!

The Nusa Islands off the coast of Bali are absolutely incredible! We spent a week exploring them and loved the beauty & adventure. If you’re planning a trip, here are a few must dos and some of our tips.   Getting there: We recommend taking the fast boats from the mainland. I suppose they’re more […]

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Dubai on a Layover

When travel gives you lemons, make lemonade! Here is our whirlwind itinerary for our 14 hour layover in Dubai! 9:15am:  Arrive at Terminal 2  *US citizens don’t need a visa, so we breezed through immigration here. Note that this is the budget terminal and there are NO transportation options except Uber. WTF. We still don’t […]

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Cruising on the Yangzi River

Our trip went from warp speed-boat to puttering cruise ship in a matter of steps. Once we boarded the Century River Cruise, things slowed down. Our cabin was luxurious and the buffet meals were plentiful. When the government flooded the Yangzi for the Three Gorges Dam, we learned how millions of Chinese were displaced. The […]

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Building a Better Life

We recently wrapped up a build with Habitat Global Village near Yangshuo in southern China, just outside of Guilin. I had never done a Habitat build before so wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but we were both ready to get our hands dirty and make a contribution! We had been traveling in China for […]

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Instagram is the only way to travel

I must confess that I went to Zhangye for the Instagram photo of the “Rainbow Mountains”. Before arriving, I couldn’t even pronounce the name of the place I wanted to visit – Danxia Landform Geopark – and I didn’t know much else about Zhangye. Out of the 1,053 pages in the China guidebook, less than […]

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It’s Everything You Think It Is and SO MUCH MORE

When we stepped off the plane in Beijing, we were sucker punched by the hard-case, full-grown, eight-cylinder monster called China. The introduction was not the gentle Mid-West bump and greet but the New York up-in-your-face, get outta here NOW salutation. I must confess that a lot of people warned us about China. “It’s too big […]

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Gangster Gastronomes

Sam and I are gangster gastronomes, and here is what it means. We’ve become savage diners. We give no effs. We’ll eat anything, from anyone, found anywhere. There’s not an English menu? Fuhgeddaboudit! No picture menu either? Doesn’t matter! Only locals? Come on, that’s the best! Big hair? Don’t care! Do you know what you’re […]

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Japan TRIP TESTING

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