A Monk Gave Me Homework

A Monk Gave Me Homework

A post by Andrew.

Kathmandu is dusty, hot, and crowded. But also, colorful and sensational. The people are friendly and appear devoutly religious. But I will let Kelsey elaborate in another post—just know it is an overwhelming place for the first-time visitor. Fortunately, we had Monica—Kelsey’s childhood friend who lives and studies Buddhism in Kathmandu—to show us around for a few days. 

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A (Group) Tour of Ha Long Bay

 A (Group) Tour of Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was our second destination in Vietnam. The bay is full of thousands of picturesque tiny limestone islands that abruptly pop out of the ocean. The area is strange and otherworldly. So much so that local legend says a dragon spit jade bullets into the ocean, which sprouted these islands in front of enemy ships. Seems logical enough, right?

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Sunsets from Nusa Lembongan

Sunsets from Nusa Lembongan

Two different times, friends told us we should go to Nusa Lembongan to swim with manta rays.

Friends from home suggested we hire a boat to snorkel the surrounding islands to see mantas. A new friend from Ubud urged us to do a discovery dive to swim beneath the mantas—saying she was jealous she didn’t have time to go herself. We did neither.

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How a Closet Saved My Sanity

How a Closet Saved My Sanity

Sometimes traveling sucks. There, I said it, and I hate to admit it, but sometimes traveling really does suck. Our last week of life on the road was draining, stressful, tense, confusing, difficult, and just all around, um, sucky. Not just for a few minutes, or an hour, but for multiple days … Everything. Just. Sucked. *

I posted before that we could easily live in Sydney, but after that things just sort of fell apart. 

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The Ups and Downs of Van Life

The Ups and Downs of Van Life

After 15 days living in our little van named Winnie, it is time to say goodbye. She had mysterious stains on the ceiling, a door handle that only worked from the inside, and speakers that didn’t work on the passenger side. But, she was our method of transportation and our place to rest our heads at the end of the day so I am sad to give her back.

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Breakdowns and Illness and Cyclones, Oh My!

Breakdowns and Illness and Cyclones, Oh My!

Debacles in three acts. Disclaimer: This is a long one.

The New Zealand leg of our trip started in near perfection but that didn’t last long. Not long at all. After our lovely morning in Okains Bay, we set out on a long drive South. We stopped at Lake Tekapo (not pronounced “Take-a-poo” apparently) for a walk, then free camped on the South side of Lake Pukaki near the town of Twizzler.

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