Thailand: Same Same, but different.

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Thailand: Same Same, but different.

This phrase has become the perfect way to describe what's it's like to live in Asia since I lack the vocabulary skills to properly describe all the fun nuances or "WTF?" moments I get to experience in day to day life.

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If Walls Could Talk

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If Walls Could Talk

When I was little, my favorite book was called, 'The Boxcar Children'. In it, a group of four orphaned siblings find an old boxcar in a forest and make it their home. The story captivated me in ways I never imagined and it felt like a call to action for six year old me to leave my golden cage of My Little Pony bedsheets and return to the forest...

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Thailand Road Trip Diaries: Pha Chor

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Thailand Road Trip Diaries: Pha Chor

I love being out here, no phone service, no map and no real plans. We're thousands of miles away from the U.S. on a Tuesday afternoon and no one knows where we are or what we're doing. I feel alive on these days. We keep following the trail...

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Strange Brew

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Strange Brew

I wasn’t going to post this story but then figured that stories involving poop and mishaps are universally funny. In fact, if all the world leaders told each other a good poop joke, I’m convinced there would be no more wars. Ok, here goes nothing…

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The Day I met Her.

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The Day I met Her.

I have a million experiences to share this last year, but there is one that keeps me awake at night. It’s not as adventurous as climbing the Khongor sand dune in Mongolia, and not as exciting as running from a landslide in China. But this seemingly common interaction is forever burned into my waking moments and is the basis as to why I will fight for this travel life until my last breath.

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Hello Vietnam.

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Hello Vietnam.

A maddening thought but with one foot off the curb I said a prayer and trusted the system. “HOLY SHIT! I’M DOING IT!” I made it to the other side and though it looked like nothing to the outside observer, I was taking a victory lap in my brain.

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Our day at Elephant Nature Park

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Our day at Elephant Nature Park

I come across an article that outlines something called the Phajaan or  ”the crush” (Google this only if you want to ruin your whole day) but every single domesticated that is used to “perform or work” (i.e. logging, painting, elephant rides, circus tricks, forced breeding, street begging, etc.) has undergone this ancient form of extreme abuse. Every. single. one. 

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The Bottomline: Mexico

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The Bottomline: Mexico

It is one of my goals in this life to get people out of towns they were born in and see what this incredible world has to offer. As long as I have breath in my body, I will attempt to dispel the myths that travel is 1) for the rich 2) for the retired  3) for the lucky.

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Dog Day Afternoon

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Dog Day Afternoon

There are street dogs everywhere. There are female dogs with teats so low to the ground they scrape the concrete, dogs with mange and open festering wounds who look at you, pleading with their eyes but cross the street if you get too close. There are dogs that eat our trash outside the gate and flinch each time I throw them bread acting as if I’m throwing rocks.

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What's in yo bag?

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What's in yo bag?

Everything we’ll need for this journey we’ll carry on our backs. But the kicker is, how the hell do you pack for a trip when you don’t really know where you’re going or how long you’ll be gone?

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Ode to the 253.

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Ode to the 253.

 I’m proud to say I’m an American, I’m proud to say I’m from Tacoma. I will never lie about either of these facts as we see other countries and meet people who are equally as proud of their home and want to share it with us.

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You can't go home again.

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You can't go home again.

Well, we’re officially homeless now. We don’t owe anybody rent, don’t have utilities bills in our name and Noah’s parent’s have graciously let us into their beautiful home to mess with their morning routine and use up all the hot water for the next two weeks! For us, it’s been pure luxury with home-cooked meals, cable TV and furniture! We’ve been squatting in our own house for a few months as we’ve sold/donated almost everything we own.

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The hardest goodbye & the biggest thank you’s

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The hardest goodbye & the biggest thank you’s

The thing I’m struggling with the most are my loves that I feel are the most vulnerable. Namely, my pup Ninja and my nephew Eliott. Small and precious as they are, the part that hurts the most is that they can’t comprehend why their pack leaders or “Aunteeee n’ Uncle Nonah” just aren’t there anymore.

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Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots!

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Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots!

Vaccinations. Or as they’re known by medical professionals, “pokey ouchie boo boos” are an important step for any traveler and today I am officially swimming with Hep. A, Hep. B, Polio and*Tetanus-diphtheria. My arms are aching but that just means that I’m alive to feel it and one step closer to exploring this world with my man! 

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With love, from me to you.

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With love, from me to you.

The only way you and I can truly honor those that live a very different reality than ours is not through pity but to use our sound body, mind and opportunity and not squander it by zoning out another day. Another day of shutting up that little voice, the truth, the purpose of your existence. You / I don’t know the meaning of true struggle. Be thankful. But at least try something.

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Into "The Land of Smiles."

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Into "The Land of Smiles."

We just purchased our tickets to Thailand!

Come January 7th 2014 we’ll be stepping off the plane into “The Land of Smiles”. This will officially be our very first (now second, since we decided to go to Mexico first) country outside of the U.S. (We have an hour layover in Taipei but that doesn’t count. does it?) and this haunting land will serve as the bridge to our new life as modern day vagabonds.

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The Ol' Mexican Curveball.

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The Ol' Mexican Curveball.

This October – November we’re going to live in Mexico! Playa Del Carmen to be exact. Tickets purchased, apartment paid for (100 meters from the beach scene above… pinch us.) and now we just need to tell our familia!

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