Photographing wildlife is one of our absolute favorite activities no matter where we are. This post showcases some of the many primates that we snapped pictures of during our travels in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Indian sub-continent. Observing their expressions, mannerisms and behavior up close is astonishing and reveals just how closely related we all really are. We thoroughly enjoyed watching these animals up close and laughing at their human-like behavior – and quite often mis-behavior.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - We have just returned to Manila after being hit directly by the now infamous super typhoon Haiyan. The experience was harrowing, to say the least. This is our story.
We could hardly contain our excitement as the plane began its descent towards the island of Busuanga. From our window we snapped photo after photo of tiny islands ringed with inviting turquoise waters gradating into white sandy beaches. While our round-the-world trip has been incredibly fulfilling it has also at times been equally as exhausting. So, our weeks traveling around the Philippines were to be more of a “vacation,” a last hurrah before heading home for the first time in two years. Coron was just one of the handful of islands we were to visit and we had planned a good eight days of relaxing, exploring the island’s beauty, and of course, diving the famous WWII wrecks which the Calamian Islands are known for.
From the airport to Coron Town it was a pleasant ride with grass fields giving way to lush forests of mango trees and Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 12th, 2013 | Filed under: Philippines, Travel Updates | Tags: Busuanga, Calamian, Coron, Cyclone, Haiyan, Hurricane, islands, Philippines, super typhoon, typhoon, Yolanda | No Comments »
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – For the entire duration of our now two-year long trip we planned as little as possible, becoming more and more flexible with our itinerary as we went along. Many times we didn’t know what country we’d visit next, or even in which direction we’d head. Traveling in this way allowed us to move with the seasons, book last-minute discounted airfare and even stay places longer when we felt like it, unrestricted by any self-imposed itinerary. Celebrating our first Christmas swimming in a waterfall in Oaxaca, touring Japan for almost a month, and spending three weeks in the middle of the Nicaraguan jungle were each pleasant surprises – even to ourselves – and made possible only due to our lack of a firm travel schedule.
There was one big exception to this lack of planning, however. Long before Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 23rd, 2013 | Filed under: South Korea, Travel Updates | Tags: Amnam Park, Bau Haus, bibimbap, bulgogi, Busan, carving, Daegu, Dduk Galbi, dojang, Dragon Hill Spa, Food, Geumjeong Mountain, Gyeongju, International Garden Expo, jjimjilbang, mud skipper, Namwon, noribang, Seomun Market, Seoraksan, Seoul, Sokcho, South Korea, stamp, Sujebi, Suncheon | No Comments »
Yes, we need it to survive, but food is also something we live for, searching out specific cuisines and culinary experiences. When traveling food is also a tool for getting to know a country. It is a method to connect with local people. Food is even a source for gaining insights into cultures and their histories. While we may not remember every detail of every meal there are many that stand out; we can easily recollect where we were, who we dined with, the scents whirling around us and even who prepared it and served it to us. Food has a power over us. We travel for the food.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Cevapi
Grilled minced beef served with cabbage salad and somun (a spongy flat pocked bread) Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 7th, 2013 | Filed under: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Serbia, Snapshot, South Korea, Thailand, Travel Updates, Turkey, Vietnam | Tags: arepa, Bandeja Paisa, banitsa, Bitburger, Bosnia & Herzegovina, braised short ribs, bukkake udon, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cevapi, Colombia, crab, Cù Lao, curd, Czech Republic, Dal Bhat, dumpling, dunburi, Food, France, Frois Gras, Germany, gingerbread, grilled oyster, Gyuniko No Yasai Maki, Gyuveche, hot pot, India, Japan, Kampot, Kdam Cha Meric Bai-Tong, Kenya, Kep, lyuteniza, manti, Mexico, morning glory, Nepal, nikujaga, Nyama Choma, Pad Thai, pepper, Rau Muong, Sarma, Serbia, shirataki, Snapshot Series, Sò Nướng, somun, Sopa de Tortilla, Su Boregi, Svinjska Rebra, Thailand, thali, Tortilla Soup, Travel, Turkey, Tusker, veal, Vietnam, Water Borek, White Cap, Wiener Schnitzel, wild boar goulash | No Comments »
OITA, JAPAN – “Never rule out any possibility nor plan too far ahead,” we’ve always said of this adventure. So, when an inexpensive flight popped up we took a look at including a journey to fascinating Japan in our last few months on the road. After contacting a couple of our friends living there, and making a few new ones via Couchsurfing, we decided that we must follow the beautiful fall weather, head even further eastward and simply make it happen! After three weeks in the country we are so glad that we did.
From the neon lights of lively Tokyo all the way to relaxed Oita in the south, our time in Japan certainly Read the rest of this entry »Posted: September 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Japan, Travel Updates | Tags: 9 Hours, calligraphy, capsule hotel, castle, Couchsurfing, deer, Food, Fujiko, garden, Hiroki, Ichiro, Japan, judo, Ken, kendo, Kozue, Kyoto, Monkey, Nagoya, Nara, Nazuna, Nobuyo, Oita, Osaka, private, Saitama, Sayamashi, shrine, Takasaki, tea ceremony, Temple, Tokyo, Toyota museum, Tsubasa, typhoon, zen | 1 Comment »
SAIGON, VIETNAM – 670 days have passed since we left our home in Austin, Texas for life on the road. Since then we have visited over thirty countries, fulfilled many of our travel goals, and met countless amazing people, many of which we now have the privilege to call close friends. This adventure has been everything we could have ever wanted it to be and so much more. At the very same time we have recently begun to feel the effects of so many months spent constantly moving, even at the slow pace at which we travel. We notice a lack of energy and, even worse, less excitement in exploring our surroundings. Instead, we are finding ourselves spending time researching and planning for a slightly less nomadic future for ourselves. We are getting more and more excited about returning “home” when we look ahead at some of the most important things to us, such as fostering deep relationships with friends and family members, working on creative projects and fulfilling other professional goals. So, taking some sound advice from my Uncle Ted and Aunt Colleen of Fools on a Mission, “when you are ready for it to be over, take two more weeks to think about it,” we are continuing on our path for a few more months in order to feel out the idea of wrapping up our own “foolish” adventure.
Apart from its relentless heat and humidity, you certainly can’t blame Read the rest of this entry »Posted: September 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Travel Updates, Vietnam | Tags: adventure, Ben Tre, ca fe sua da, Can Tho, Colleen, dam sen, Dinh Cau, fools on a mission, Ha Tien, Ho Chi Minh City, hot pot, mekong delta, night market, Phu Quoc, planning, Saigon, seafood, Ted, Vietnam, Vietnamese, vietnamese coffee, world travel | No Comments »