Rails and Trails

Rails and Trails

We have been back in the USA for six weeks already and it has been quite a whirlwind. Melissa gave you a brief update about our week long stay  in Washington State upon our arrival on US soil. She also gave a foreshadowing of our next couple of weeks. We didn’t know how we were going to get back to Chicago (where we left the car) and processed just about ever possible scenario (from flying to ride sharing, Greyhounding it…

Read More Read More

You win some you lose some

You win some you lose some

5/18/17 Just Experiences You win some you lose some From hotels to restaurants buses to workaway spots Carefully read descriptions and feedback yet … In this worldwide travel the unknown is still a gamble But pros and cons do not exist Just experiences   Hitchhiking to Kyoto After a lovely two weeks at our delectable workaway location near the Shimanto river we were determined to hitchhike our way to Kyoto. This was an ambitious quest as the distance takes 6-7…

Read More Read More

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

While planning for this Asian trip, Sara and I each stated one destination we wanted to include on our itinerary. Sara wanted to visit either Cambodia or Vietnam (we did end up going to Cambodia as you already know). And my number one pick was Japan. With the timing of our Japan workaway and flights, it turned out we would arrive in Japan two days before my birthday and would celebrate my birthday in Japan! A while ago I read…

Read More Read More

A Quick Note from Washington State

A Quick Note from Washington State

Hello everyone! We have made it back to the States. We flew from Japan to Hong Kong to Shanghai to Seattle where we have been since Friday, May 19th. We are having a wonderful visit with our friend Sarah MacDougall who now lives on Whidbey Island near Seattle. She took us on an overnight road trip to the Olympic Peninsula where we visited snowy peaks in the mountains and stayed in a cabin on the beach. We have been playing…

Read More Read More

Shimanto Haikus

Shimanto Haikus

  we are in Japan so haikus must be written even in blog posts   We scored with a workaway at a resort nestled in the mountains next to a Shimanto River feeder stream and only .5 km away from the famed Shimanto River — the most beautiful and last pristine river in Japan. We stayed in a little cabin by the feeder stream and listened to the water gently cascade over the rocks as we fell asleep. A perfect…

Read More Read More

Monday, Tuesday, Watday

Monday, Tuesday, Watday

Our last blog post about Cambodia took you with us to our workaway in Kratie and our adventures in the Cambodian Countryside. Cambodia has two major cities – Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the latter being famous for its temples, namely Angkor Wat. When we were planning our stay in Cambodia we had to make a few choices – do we want to see Angkor Wat and the other historical places near Siem Reap? If so, do we visit before…

Read More Read More

Passion for Fruit

Passion for Fruit

Going back two countries…Welcome to the organic tropical fruit farm! When we arrived in the taxi to the rural location, we were greeted by two dogs, an American workaway couple (Drew and Becca), and the farm caretaker Momo, an Indian Malaysian. When we first saw the puppy, Cookie, my heart sank and I thought, “There is no way I can stay here if this is how they take care of their dogs.” Atop long gangly legs was a skinny body covered…

Read More Read More

Cambodian Countryside

Cambodian Countryside

Our workaway in Cambodia was in a small city of 38,000 people called Kratie or Kracheh. We actually stayed in a village called Orussey I, located on the edge of the town. Our purpose at the workaway was to teach English to children at our hosts’ supplemental school “Dolphin School of English ”. There were not many kids around as it was the Khmer New Year holiday and no one was quite sure when school would start again. We did…

Read More Read More

When Books Come to Life

When Books Come to Life

I have been an avid reader my whole life. Most adults remember a favorite toy, blankie, or stuffed animal from their childhoods. Me? My favorite toys were books. I read all the time. My brother and sister will confirm that I would rather have been reading a book than watching TV most of the time; they certainly made fun of me enough for it. As an adult I continue to enjoy reading and I just love books. I like having…

Read More Read More

Will History Repeat Itself?

Will History Repeat Itself?

Apparently it is my job to write the serious and/or political posts. So here goes my offering on the Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields of Cambodia. I am no expert on this topic and have no authority to write about them other than to share my experience of visiting one of the killing fields and one of the prisons. Visiting these two places in the same day is a somber undertaking. Before we ventured out we talked with our…

Read More Read More