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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Flashback: Osaka, Japan - February 2014

Written by Adam.
Years ago, on a Shinkansen train ride from Tokyo to Hiroshima, we zoomed through Osaka.  What we saw from our train window that day was seemingly just a blur, like the rest of Japan.  It was years later that we finally returned.  We did not really plan on going there, it just seemed to work out that way.  From Hong Kong, we just needed a reasonably priced flight to anywhere in Japan, short of Okinawa.  We found a convenient flight direct to Osaka on Peach Aviation, a Japanese low-cost carrier, so we booked it.  Once in mainland Japan, travelers can then utilize the Shinkansen Bullet Train network and subsequently move around the country with both ease and speed. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Flashback: Kuala Lumpur - January 2014

Written by Adam.
Visiting Kuala Lumpur came directly on the heels of first visiting Singapore, and that alone made the contrast between the two cities quite jarring.  Traveling by train, we left Singapore and began the eight hour trip rambling through dense groves of palms and other jungle vegetation.  It was interesting that the train service between these two capitals was so mediocre, with ancient train cars being pressed into service that was billed as “First Class”, the only tickets that tourists are allowed to buy.  While it fulfilled the mission of actually getting you physically delivered to Kuala Lumpur, it was an unexpected adventure and failed to suggest that Malaysia was on the forefront of substantial economic development in the region.   

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Way It Was

Written by Karen.
Our blog has been quiet for awhile.  Our last real-time post was on the banks of the flooded Lake Tziscao in Chiapas, Mexico on April 14, 2015.  We were planning to cross over into Guatemala the next day, but our plans suddenly changed.   My sister Julie had her most recent MRI reading on April 15th and it didn’t look good.  Her current brain cancer treatment was no longer working and it was time for a different treatment.  Things for Julie were about to get much more complicated and so it was also time for Adam and I to return to the States and help Julie.   

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Flashback: Getting In Tune With Kowloon - January 2014

Written by Adam.
Directly across the harbor from Hong Kong proper, Kowloon is but a short ferry ride away.  But, the contrast between Hong Kong and Kowloon could not be greater.  Kowloon hosts such cultural sites as the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Hong Kong Science Museum, and even the Hong Kong Space Museum.  Other aspects of the waterfront promenade include the Chinese version of an Avenue of the Stars, honoring the rich moviemaking tradition that featured Hong Kong as a home base for the Chinese movie industry that produced entertainment for a broad domestic and global audience.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In Case You Missed It...

Happening now at Lake Tziscao, Chiapas, Mexico.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Oaxaca - Part Deux

Written by Karen.
Change of plans.  Instead of heading further southeast along the Mexican coast and crossing the border into Guatemala as originally planned, we instead turned left back towards Oaxaca. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Beach Bumming Along the Oaxacan Coast

Written by Karen.
From Oaxaca our small caravan of two headed southwest across the Sierra Madre mountain range to Puerto Escondido on the Oaxacan coast in search of some sun and beach time. According to our paper maps the trip over Highway 175 was less than 200 miles.  According to Google, the trip would take us just over 6 hours driving time.  We have learned from experience to double Google’s driving estimates while in Mexico.  After this trip, we would learn to consider tripling Google’s driving estimates when it entails mountain driving.  We would be going from 5,102 feet in altitude to sea level; a drop of over 5,000 feet.  If you thought that we would be easily coasting downwards on this stretch of road, you would be mistaken. This seemingly quick jaunt of 180 miles to the beach took us two days to finish.