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Foto Friday: Gray Chicago

Foto Friday: Gray Chicago

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of gray Chicago from Lincoln Park. I’ll be honest, since moving back to Chicago, I really haven’t taken many photos of the city, let alone gone outside much. After living winter-free the past three years, it’s been a bit of an adjustment getting used to ... Read More »

Eating our Way Through Chicago

Eating our Way Through Chicago

Apart from being known for our brutal winters, Chicago is probably most famous for its food. Ask almost anyone what dishes hail from the Windy City and most could probably at least reply with deep dish pizza. I mean, even all the way on the other side of the world in Hong Kong I was able to find little tastes of ... Read More »

My Newest Favorite Travel Companion: Eagle Creek’s Switchback 22

My Newest Favorite Travel Companion: Eagle Creek's Switchback 22

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I am not a light packer. Although I’ve certainly improved my packing skills over the past 3 years of traveling, I’ve still got a long way to go. It doesn’t help that there’s this on going debate between what’s better to travel with, a suitcase or a backpack. I personally think there’s a time and ... Read More »

We’ve Moved to Chicago!

We've Moved to Chicago!

For the past three years, whenever I’d meet people on the road, I’d tell them I was from Chicago. In reality, I was actually from a small suburb almost an hour away, but I never really felt like explaining that to people when only a handful even knew where Chicago itself was. It was just easier that way. And as much as I ... Read More »

Experiencing Elements of an Ancient Culture

Experiencing Elements of an Ancient Culture

Spanning over 3,000 years, the Mayan civilization is amongst one of the original cultures of the world. As one of the most sophisticated ancient civilizations, I would argue them to even be one of the most important. I remember learning bits and pieces about the Mayans throughout grade school, but some education that was because I didn’t even know that the civilization was ... Read More »

Foto Friday: The Yamanote Line in Tokyo, Japan

Foto Friday: The Yamanote Line in Tokyo, Japan

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the busy Yamanote Line in Tokyo, Japan. People often joke about the crowdedness of Tokyo trains. There are all these visions of people being pushed on by conductors and the so-called “train pushers”. While that does still happen on occasion, it is not exactly ... Read More »

Foto Friday: Muyil in Sian Ka’an, Riviera Maya

Foto Friday: Muyil in Sian Ka'an, Riviera Maya

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of Muyil in the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve in the Riviera Maya. Taking our boat across the lagoon and navigating through mangrove surrounded canals, the last thing I expected was to see a Mayan temple. Hidden in lush jungle, we came across this small temple which consisted of ... Read More »

Why Christmas = KFC in Japan

Why Christmas = KFC in Japan

Christmas may not be a national holiday in Japan, but that doesn’t mean people won’t be celebrating! Only around 1% of Japanese people consider themselves Christian, so to most Japanese, Christmas is celebrated more like a Valentine’s Day of sorts, with young couples or groups of friends going on strolls through fancy displays of holiday decorations and lights. And families celebrate with ... Read More »