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Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur means the ‘place of devotees’, and its city center is the best preserved in the Kathmandu valley, famous for its brick buildings with detailed wood carvings.  There are more temples per foot in Bhaktapur than in either Kathmandu city or Patan.  The city was founded in the 12th century, and was part of the […]

What to Kathmandu

Kathmandu has so many things to see!  Most of the fun is getting to them though, through the crowded dusty streets choked with traffic.  Kathmandu is a big sprawling city, with several areas.  In addition to wandering around central Kathmandu, we visited Thamel (backacker central, very touristy), Patan (known for its handicrafts and beautiful durbar […]

Shopping in Kathmandu

Nepal has very unique handicrafts and many markets to buy them at.  We spent much of our time wandering around looking at the hundreds of little shops and talking to the shopkeepers.  They are very friendly, and aren’t too pushy.  Patan and Bhaktabur are the cheapest places to shop, but didn’t have the widest selection. […]

Taj Mahal from EVERY Angle

The Taj Mahal did not disappoint, it was even more spectacular than expected!  The craftsmanship is unreal and the marble just glows, it’s such a gorgeous building.  First we viewed it (aka had photoshoot) from the Mehtab Bagh, the ‘moonlight gardens’ that are directly across the Yamuna river from the Taj Mahal.  The gardens are […]

Rios Lagartos, Mexico

Rios Lagartos is a sleepy little town on the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula.  It has a huge nature reserve with a beautiful lagoon populated with flamingos and other wildlife. There’s not much to do there besides take a boat ride on the lagoon, which is easy to do.  You just head to the […]

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum has the nicest beach I’ve ever seen, with perfect pure white fine sand and bright clear turquoise warm water, surrounded by lush jungle.  It is a little eco-resort town about an hour south of Cancun.  It’s a hipster destination, with lots of juice places, yoga, and ‘eco-chic’ resorts.  Eco-chic may also mean ‘we don’t […]

Las Coloradas, the Pink Lagoon

The Las Coloradas pink lagoon is as pretty in real life as it is in pictures, though there’s not much around it.  It’s located in a tiny fishing village on the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula.  The town is tiny, just a few houses, a convenient store, and a few small restaurants all owned […]


Vallodolid is a medium-sized old colonial city in the heart of the Yucatan.  It’s a busy city, but far from the touristy crowds.  Valladolid is full of crumbly buildings and hidden attractions.  Right in the middle of the city there’s a gorgeous cenote. We stayed in a very nice and very cheap hotel right on […]

Bali- Sekumpel Waterfalls

Sekumpel means ‘group’ in Indonesian, and there’s not just one waterfall here- there are seven, and the largest is 50 meters tall.  It took quite a while on the tiny windy roads to get there, but the scenery was breathtaking, all lush and green and gorgeous mountains covered in mist.  We grabbed a quick breakfast […]

Ninh Binh Itinerary

Ninh Binh was my favorite part of Vietnam.  We took the train there from Hanoi (it takes about two hours) around sunset, and as we sped by the little villages we could see little glimpses of everyone going about their evening.  The train tracks go right through the middle of everything.  We could see people […]

Bali- Batukaru Jungle Trek

We went on a jungle trek and unexpectedly ended up eating our way through the jungle…13 delicious tropical fruits, a long hike, and some gorgeous rice paddies later, we ended up at our guide’s village compound eating a multi-course lunch cooked by his wife, then ended with a beautiful remote mountain temple. We wanted to […]