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Jen & Clare Flee the Western Hemisphere

Jen and Clare sadly depart from the Eastern Hemisphere

JAPAN | Saturday, 25 Jul 2009 | Views [365]

We're in Tokyo and have 3 minutes to post this before the internet dies on us. It's been fun but we're glad to be coming home. Hopefully the 12 hour flight back to Chicago will fly by (pun intended).

Hail to the King

THAILAND | Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | Views [431]

Country number 5!  We have decided not to be too ambitious in Thailand because we're both worn out.  We took yesterday and today to explore Bangkok, and we will spend the next 3 days on the beach.  Bangkok is a refreshing change from Phnom Penh: we watched ... Read more >

The other side of Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | Views [434]

After our Tour de Angkor we spent 2 nights in Phnom Penh.  Overall, it was a depressing experience.  We visited the Genocide Museum, or Killing fields, which is the site of many mass graves from the Khmer Rouge regime.  From there, we went straight to ... Read more >

Tour du Angkor

CAMBODIA | Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | Views [416]

In our effort to see as much of Angkor as possible in three days, we hopped on bikes and, like Lance, pedaled hard through the wind, rain, sun, and hordes of small children. Angkor is actually the name of a huge complex of temples (over 50) spread out ... Read more >

Gallery: Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

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1001 Wats

LAOS | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Views [544]

We've only been Luang Prabang for two full days but we've already come to love it. It's small, quiet, easy-going, beautiful, tasty, and it has so many temples that we've lost count of how many we've visited. All those iconic photos you see of monks ... Read more >

Gallery: Laos

LAOS | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

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China and Vietnam: A Comparison

VIETNAM | Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | Views [2391] | Comments [1]

We've been talking and thinking a lot about how China and Vietnam are different from one another.  Here are some (we hope) interesting notes on that:   1.  More Vietnamese people speak a little English, so it's easier to get around without knowing ... Read more >


VIETNAM | Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | Views [435]

Rip-off brands are tricky sometimes.  I didn't even notice that my water was "Aquabigsea" and not "Aquafina" til I was almost done drinking it.  Another sidenote, winter melon tea is delicious!   We took a day trip to the Perfume ... Read more >

Cruising on the Canh Bum 02 (Pronounced Can boom)

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | Views [589] | Comments [2]

We bit the bullet and joined another tour.  It's pretty much the only way to get on a boat in Halong Bay.  The 3 hour drive wasn't bad, and thankfully our guide wasn't partial to long-winded multi-lingual speeches.  We had been told by our hotel and ... Read more >

How to cross the street in Hanoi and other words of wisdom

VIETNAM | Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | Views [742] | Comments [1]

1. Don't worry about the Vietnamese hating you because you're American. They're friendly, welcoming, and don't hold any grudges. 2. Do pay attention to the ladies carrying entire fruit markets on their shoulders and bikes. For some reason, only women ... Read more >

Hanoi in 48 hours

VIETNAM | Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | Views [1556] | Comments [1]

Give us a city and we'll see all the major sites in 2 days. Day one of our whirlwind tour of Hanoi included 3 museums and was heavy on the American War (what they call the Vietnam War here). The Women's Museum is a tribute to the bravery and courage ... Read more >

Gallery: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Sunday, 5 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Welcome to the Golden Sun

VIETNAM | Sunday, 5 Jul 2009 | Views [418]

First of all: we have lots of new pictures posted due to a fabulous internet connection (see below for explanation).  Check out the Guilin, Yangshuo, Lijiang, and Funny Stuff galleries for new pics. On to business. Happy fourth of July to everyone! ... Read more >

Au Revoir Hong Kong

HONG KONG | Sunday, 5 Jul 2009 | Views [390]

Food in Hong Kong was great.  Fresh juice and smoothies, fresh salads for lunch, and fresh (though we made sure it wasn't TOO fresh) seafood for dinner.  On our one full day in Hong Kong we took the bus across the island to Stanley and checked out the ... Read more >

Gallery: Shenzhen

CHINA | Saturday, 4 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Hong Kong

HONG KONG | Saturday, 4 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Hong Kong

HONG KONG | Friday, 3 Jul 2009 | Views [388] | Comments [1]

Where to start? We ate authentic Indian and Middle Eastern food on the same day. There's toilet paper and soap in the public restrooms. The streets glow with neon and skyscrapers dominate the skyline. It's quite a change from mainland China -- you have ... Read more >

Things we forgot

CHINA | Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | Views [607] | Comments [1]

In our previous posts about Yangshuo we forgot a number of details.  Since today was spent mostly eating, shopping for souvenirs, and sweating, we will skip over that and talk about the other forgotten stuff.   On Saturday night we went to a show ... Read more >

Photos are on the right

CHINA | Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | Views [393]

Under "Photo Galleries." Uploading is slow over here but we're trying.

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