Kyoto Day Trip: Nara

Nature and Zen in Nara. We visit the largest bronze Buddha housed in one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, feed wild deer, enjoy a tranquil Japanese garden, and eat great street food!

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Arashiyama Monkey Park

The first thing we did in Kyoto was spend the day out in Arashiyama. It’s a lovely area in the northwest outskirts of Kyoto and is most famous for its Monkey Park and bamboo grove. David loves monkeys, so the Monkey Park was a must. However, if you’re looking for “wild monkeys” this won’t be it.…

Travel Theme: Graceful

Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack does a weekly travel theme. This week, it’s about grace. I won’t personally qualify for this, because I am absolutely NOT graceful. My dancing is laughable, I bang into pretty much everything (just ask David, who’s learned to not be too concerned when he hears “Ow” coming from the next…

Bangkok: Urban Exploration

In previous posts, we talked about how a tour guide had mentioned the five things you have to do in Bangkok. To refresh your memory, here they are: Visit the Grand Palace. Visit the temples. Get a massage. See a floating market. Go shopping. I shared our experiences with #s 1 and 2 here. As…

5 Best on Hawaii’s Big Island

I’m an island girl, I thrive in the tropics, and Hawaii is as close as we get in North America. I love Hawaii. Beautiful beaches, delicious food, several islands with all sorts of different activities… what’s not to love? My friends Zach and Nici just returned from a vacation in Kona, which caused a strong…

24 Hours in Isla Mujeres

I spent last weekend, quite unexpectedly, in Cancun. Specifically, for 24 hours, I was in Isla Mujeres. Here’s how it happened: my boss told my team on Friday that one of us needed to go to Cancun for work the next week. Someone from our team had been working remotely with the team there, but for…