Kayaking & Camping in Nærøyfjord

Kayaking & Camping in Nærøyfjord

The second big leg of our travels is through Europe—where we are now. When planning how to spend our allowed three months here (because Visas), Andrew had Scandinavia on the top of his list. Since it’s so far North, we knew it would be our first stop, before it gets too cold. (Side note: it’s still pretty cold.)

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The Hiatus Is Over Pt. 1

The Hiatus Is Over Pt. 1

An alternate title for this post: Mom, you can stop bugging me now.

The good news is that my hiatus from this blog is over. The bad news is that I really slacked on blogging about some pretty cool places and—because I’m trying to be realistic here—am unlikely to go back and catch up now with very much detail. In fact, I don’t even have it in me to catch you all up in one single post, so this will be a multi-parter.

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Hiking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit Pt. 2

Hiking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit Pt. 2

You can read part 1 here, which outlines the first 10 days of trekking the Annapurna Circuit. 

After we crossed Thorong La (our big 17,700-foot accomplishment of the trek) on Day 10, our hike down from the pass was mostly steep, steep, STEEP! It was a vast contrast from everything else we had experienced and it was painful in a whole new way we didn't expect.

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Hiking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit Pt. 1

Hiking Nepal's Annapurna Circuit Pt. 1

It has been two whole weeks since we got off the Annapurna trail through the Himalayas and returned to “normal” travel life—moving by cars, trains, and planes instead of our own two feet. And although I was happy for a rest and some clean fresh laundry, I find myself looking at photos from the trail nearly every day, still in awe of the Annapurna Conservation Area. I loved the trek so much that I left the trail with a list of thru hikes to complete in 2019 and a renewed desire to trail run.

Anyway, it is about time I share some stories and photos from this incredible trek.

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Yellow, Lantern-Filled Hoi An

Yellow, Lantern-Filled Hoi An

Like Ha Long Bay, Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination in Vietnam. The historical district is recognized as the best example of a historic SE Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries, according to Wikipedia. But to the non-Googling eye, the area is an incredibly quaint, well decorated old town with clear Japanese, Chinese, and French influences. Presumably, because they all traded there.

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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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