GalleryKyoto, in an everyday sort of way

Sometimes the eye captures what words cannot express. For once, I'm going to let our eyes do the talking. Right now, it seems to be the only fitting way to explain to you how much we love this city, its streets and its people.

So please, stroll on down, all the way to the bottom. Take your time. But when you're through, once you've had a good, long walk, take an extra moment and tell us how you feel. View Gallery »

GalleryEbisu Festival

On the night of Friday, January 10, we shuffled in along with the rest of the crowd to visit Ebisu-jinja for the Ebisu Festival. During Ebisu, people flock to the shrine to pray for success in business. We slowly made our way around the small compound, watching locals toss money, pray, and buy lucky branches of bamboo which they then decorated with small charms to bring home. According to mythology, Ebisu is slightly crippled and hard of hearing. We noticed, on our way out of the shrine, each visitor knocking with their fists on the wooden walls, calling out to the god to hear their prayers. View Gallery »

GalleryNew Years in Kyoto

On the morning of December 30 we board a tiny, conductor-less train brandishing Thomas the Engine's face on its side. Looking out over the tracks, I'm immediately reminded of the little train from Ghibli's Spirited Away. I find myself thinking about how the imagined world of artists is still a reflection of what they see around them. In fact, I've thought this many times as we've been traveling, especially when a place is synonymous with one artist, like Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico. Here, in Japan, this train may not be under water, but it's just as cute and mysterious as the one in the film. View Gallery »

GalleryTenjin-san Flea Market

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GalleryToji Temple December Market

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GalleryHong Kong streets

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GalleryThe Great Road Trip of China: Yunnan

Pepper harvest outside of Nánjiàn

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The Great Road Trip of China comes to a close

It's been an incredible journey. Other than listing out superlatives -- the highest altitude we've visited, the longest drive, the most diverse travel in terms of language, weather, people and geography, the longest stint of consuming noodles, the most interest strangers have ever taken in us -- we're still trying to organize all our thoughts and visuals to bring the experience more into focus for you. We have so much to tell you. Just bare with us while we sort and pack all our stuff, sell our car and all other acquired gear, drink a few beers, pay our traffic fines, cancel our insurance, visit with friends, and buy plane tickets... 

In the meantime you can enjoy this happy bunch. We greatly sympathize with how they melted into smiles within just a few photos. We also had our moments ... View Post »

Third large bowl of lamian is served at a Hui noodle joint.

Matt, voicing our server: A third bowl, eh? Are you meeting a friend?
Anjuli, responding: No, we're going to the end of the world. We need sustenance.

— A hui lamian joint in Hezuo, Gansu
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At a hotel in Mengnuozhen, a small town between Yongde and Dehong. Highlights:

  • Baseball- sized melted crater in the top of the TV that is about an inch deep
  • Computer, whose box comes seated in a nice piece of styrofoam, probably straight from the box it came in. The LCD still has some plastic from when it was purchased, although its yellowing and peeling off.
  • The touch light panel that's impossible to use considering the lights go off when you leave the room. Oh, and let's not forget the exposed wiring sticking out the underside of the bedside table
  • The key system for the door, where the handle just spins and the key has to be inserted into a slot in the knob.
  • The bathroom smells of fetid onions. We've noticed this is a cultivated scent in motels.
  • When I was ... View Post »