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Entitlement Sucks

Reveling in both a gigantic cup of coffee and a blazing fast Internet connection, I am perfectly content. I am overwhelmed with gratitude as I scan the photos we’ve snapped so far.  To be able to see and experience all of this – we’re lucky guys.

The only problem is… I’m irritated that others don’t see it that way.

Mong Kok Photo Essay: The Crazy Heart of Hong Kong

Mong Kok in Hong Kong is a densely packed area of gritty tenement buildings, bustling markets, hotels rented by the hour and Chinese medicine pharmacies alongside spangly electronics shops selling the latest gear. It’s a place where Hong Kongers live, work and shop. The crowds are intense, the traffic frenetic, but it feels alive and vibrant. Take a look at these photos to learn more.

Learning to Cook Japanese Buddhist Cuisine in Kyoto

Kyoto has a long history of shojin ryori, the vegetarian cuisine that the Zen Buddhist monks eat in temples in Japan. A cooking class is a great way to learn more about these fascinating dishes which feature many unusual ingredients.

Scams to Know: Nicaragua

Two sets of couples we know have been robbed in and around Managua over the past 2-3 weeks. Normally I give a location the benefit of the doubt but this is just getting absurd. I want to make sure that you know what to look out for when you are traveling through Nicaragua.

Postcard from Alaska – Hitting the Rails

We’ve left the isolated forest service cabin and are no longer living in fear of an unwelcome bear encounter. Also, we’ve had the last of our astronaut food, so we’re happy guys (although the three berry cobbler was surprisingly good).

Before we get to the more splashed out part of this journey, we have a couple more hardcore(ish) adventures planned.

Where? Denali.

Donkey Race at the Sali Summer Festival

I have been to the Running of the Bulls, but now that I have been to the Running of the Donkeys… I think my travel life is almost complete. At least when it comes to animals and racing. This was from a festival on a small island in Croatia and it was such a weird and fun day. I hope you enjoy the post and the many odd photographs.

Best Photography Book You Can Buy for Under $10

Beth of Beers and Beans is one of my favorite travel photographers and she has taken the time to put her years of wisdom behind the camera and in front of the computer editing screen to doing an eBook with some of her best tips. This post is my review of this amazing eBook and from my title… you can tell that I love it.

Dear Grizzly: Next Time, Just Send Flowers

Our Alaska blog-novella continues… When we last wrote, we were heading up the stairs to our remote forest service cabin. We were not so excited to find out whether or not a grizzly was hanging out behind our cabin’s outhouse.

Interview with Jodi from Legal Nomads

Jodi Ettenberg from left behind a successful career as a lawyer to eat her way around the world. Her round the world trip never stopped and over three years later she is still going. In this interview she discusses her love of Burma, challenges of long term travel and the best food in SE Asia.

Vegetarian Survival Guide to Hong Kong

Eating is an important part of experiencing Hong Kong and although items like pig’s blood, chicken’s feet and shark fin often feature on menus, with a little planning vegetarians can eat well too. This guide shares the best place to find vegetarian dim sum in Hong Kong and other tasty eats.

There’s a Grizzly Living Behind Your Outhouse

There we were, at the beginning of the (first) trailhead that would take us to our dream destination. A remote lakeside cabin.

Postcard from Alaska – Sunshine and a Glacier

Since our last post was all doom and gloom, we wanted to let you know that we remodeled our plans and found some hiking-friendly weather. We made our way down to Wrangall-St. Elias National Park.

Win £1000 of Clothing on a Microadventure

Clothing company howies have teamed up with adventurer Alastair Humphreys to launch a competition urging people to get out into nature and sample a taste of adventure, even just for one night.

It’s All About The Journey

“Really? You’re kidding me. Just what we need. God dammit!”

Overhearing the flight attendant talking to the captain, we knew it wasn’t good news. She tried her best to recover and inject a friendly bounce into her re-packaged delivery for passengers.

Every Action Counts

World Humanitarian Day is this Friday. The theme – People Helping People – has us thinking about what we can do to help ease the torment in the Horn of Africa. The devastation seems overwhelming, almost insurmountable. What good can two guys in Seattle do? It’s discouraging.

And then we remember the power of a simple action and what happened a couple months back.

Interview with Nora Dunn (@hobonora), the Professional Hobo: Lucky 13 Questions

Nora is quickly becoming one of my favorite people on the planet. When some others dropped out of the Ultimate Train Challenge, she stepped right in and has become a stalwart in the planning stages. Her answers to the Lucky 13 questions highlight her sense of humor and show how interesting she is. Can’t wait to meet her in a few weeks.

The Wines of Lebanon

Lebanon is a tiny country that shocks you in many ways. Multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, sights packed into everywhere in this tiny place. And one of the biggest surprises while I was there… really good wine. I got to taste a number of different wines from places in the Bekaa Valley when I was there and here is the story from one of them.

Our Ultimate Multiple Personality Travel Adventure

We’re on an adventure streak.

Our head-clearing time in Glacier National Park confirmed that we want to take our “live now” attitudes to the next level AND seek more aggressive adventures while our bodies can still hack it.

We’re off to Alaska, and we gonna tear it up.

Being Schooled in Spanish – Xela, Guatemala

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about going to Spanish school in Xela, Guatemala. I had a lot riding on this, more than most. Aside from the obvious advantages of being able to communicate with people in one of the more commonly spoken languages, I would also be able to join the conversations with Erica’s family at gatherings- which is super important to me.

Awesome Adventures – Northern Lights Edition

Early this year, we decided to – from time to time – highlight some of our most spectacular past journeys under an “Awesome Adventures” heading. To qualify, the journey has to be the best of the best.  So far, we’ve only gotten around to sharing details from our visit to Antarctica. Today, there’s a new Awesome Adventure to share.

Travel Regret #1: Absolved

We try to travel with no regrets but I have a regret. We spent 3 months in Mexico and I never made it to a futbol game. I watched almost every one of Mexico’s games on TV, showing my support, with all the other distractions (especially in Mexico City) it just didn’t happen. This was a mistake that I refused to make twice.

Testing Expedia, Priceline, Travelticker and Voyage Prive

Here’s a round up of our experiences putting Expedia, Priceline, Travelticker and Voyage Prive to the test over the last several month. The links will take you to our Snapshots of each property.

From Glacier NP to Glacier Bay NP

We’re settled back in Seattle after our adventure in Glacier National Park.

The camping and hiking were incredible, but those elements weren’t the best part. Our time in the wilderness turned out to be an avalanche of inspiration and life lessons that allowed us to clear out the gunk in our heads and more easily lean into the power of intuition.

Interview with Pauline Frommer of Lucky 13 Questions

Pauline Frommer comes from the first family of travel. Daughter of Arthur, she has carved out her own niche in the travel world, with her radio show, guidebooks, and website presence. Come check out her interview and learn more about this travel icon.

Egyptian traffic

Most long-distance transport in Egypt seems to be in convoy, often with more than 100 busses, one after the other. So is our journey from Hurghada to Luxor. We break twice during the four hours. As we drive through the Red Sea Mountains, darkness descends. The driver doesn’t switch the headlamps on …

Svalbard – Arctic wild country

At 78 degrees N – a mere 12 degrees from the North Pole – Longyearbyen is as far north as I’ve ever been. Svalbard is more commonly referred to as Spitsbergen in English. Spitsbergen is in fact the name of the largest island in the group, but Svalbard is the name of the entire archipelago. Svalbard is rugged, absurdly beautiful and has more polar bears than humans. This is Arctic wild country.

Street art in Bratislava

Where can you find a man poking his head up through a hole in the street, a paparazzi photographer peeking around a corner, a Napoleonic soldier on a bench in the old town, and a beloved local 20th century personality? In Bratislava, that’s where.

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