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Happy 4th of July!

Well, we’ve been home for over 2 months now and time is flying by.  Our wedding day is quickly approaching and the details are starting to come together! (We think!)  Right now, Kate is in Virginia with her family spending countless hours bringing the wedding together, applying for scholarships, and enjoying time with her family.  I’m here in Kokomo with my parents working on my parts of the wedding, training for a sprint triathlon (eeek), and applying for jobs in Chicago!  It’s an exciting time!

I’m going to forego the usual blogger apology for lack of recent updates and I’m not going to promise anything for the near future because quite frankly we’re both preoccupied with other things that have to take precedence right now.  But Rest assured that once we are settled in Chicago and have a bit more time to devote to this we’ll be uploading many more photos and videos from the end of our travels and the past few months.  We’re on a pretty amazing ride right now and can’t wait to share it with you!  So, please excuse the hiatus…

For now, here are a few pictures from the recent months…

For more detailed descriptions view on flickr – click here!

For those of you who don’t know, Kate and I were stranded in Paris because of the Icelandic Volcano.  We stayed there for 3 extra days then took bus to Barcelona and on to Madrid where we got a flight home.  It was an adventure and it was ridiculous (and annoying).  Now we’re fighting battles with the travel insurance company which is very frustrating but in the end it was a nice bonus to get to see spain a bit!

Enjoy the Pictures,  We’ll be back soon!

We can’t wait to see some of you at the wedding in a few weeks!


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July 5, 2010   1 Comment

Update from Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Hello all!
We’ve had some great adventures since our last update but little access to internet (at least internet with a real keyboard). We’re in the least planned part of our trip so most of the time when we have wifi or a computer we use it to plan our next move.
Since our last update…
We finished at Biofarm and headed into Shanghai for one night. Stayed at a great hostel called the Mingtown for less than 10 dollars! The next afternoon we took an overnight train to Hong Kong. The train was great although we were on the top bunk which was a bit cramped. We met some nice people and arrived without a hitch.
Hong Kong was great! A nice breather before we jumped back into full-on Asia. We ate great food, listened to Asians with Brittish Accents and had some great conversations with our fantastic Couch Surfing host, Kirk. We also got to spend a good amount of time with my friend Marc from the Recording department at IU and his girlfriend Hanni. We went to their apartment on Lamma Island and wandered around Hong Kong. Marc plays with the Hong Kong Symphony so he’s knows the ins and outs and showed us around.
After a few days we headed off again towards Vietnam…
We took a train to Guangzhou (2 hours) and from there, transfered to the other train station and boarded another overnight train to Nanning, China. We arrived at 5:30am and transfered over to a bus station and took an 8 hour bus over the boarder to Hanoi, Vietnam! So, exhausted an icky we quickly found our Couch Surfing host’s apartment and settled in. Heidi, a Unesco employee from Finland hosted us and showed us around the CRAZY Hanoi. She was wonderful and really made us feel welcome (on her first time hosting!). Hanoi was crazy but a lot of fun. Motorcycles everywhere, lots of haggling with merchants, and some great food. We even bought a piece of art! Pictures will follow someday :)
Now we are in Ninh Binh. This town is the hub for a number for famous sights such as Tam Coc and some temples. We took a day tour from Hanoi this morning and are staying here until 9pm when we get on an overnight Bus down the coast to Hue. Exausting…
The plan as of now is…
Hue for 1 night, to Hoi An the next day, one night in Hoi An, then the train to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), a day there, then off to Phnom Penh in Cambodia for a day, then on to Siem Reap – home of Angkor Wat!! We’ll stay there for 3 days then off to Bangkok for a night and then… PARIS!!

Here are a few more pictures… I’ll try to keep uploading more as soon as possible….

Enjoy and we can’t wait to see you all soon!

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March 31, 2010   1 Comment

Update from Shanghai

Hello all!
After a brief outage, I think the site should be up and running again. Our host was having some issues yesterday. We’re in the middle of our spring trip home and are currently in Shanghai, China. Right now we’re working on an organic farm outside of Shanghai for about 10 days. We work for 6 hours a day doing farm work or administrative help (with their website and art projects) and in exchange we get a place to stay and 3 meals a day! It’s amazing! We’ll post more about that when we have more time but just wanted to update quickly with some pictures from the first 2 weeks of our trip! We’re going to put a hold on posting the rest of our Philippines trip pictures, sorry but we didn’t have a chance to get them uploaded before we sent our computers home. But don’t worry we’ll upload them soon enough.

A quick update of what we’ve been up to…
We frantically left our apartment on the 26th of February after being told we had to leave a day earlier because the new teachers were coming! We stayed with some friends in Samcheok then left for Daegu for a Temple Stay. We stayed at Haeinsa Temple for one night and had a great experience with the monks there. Next we headed to Busan (southern Korea City) to visit two friends from IU who just moved there to start teaching English! After a few days there we headed up to Seoul for a day on the high-speed train then flew to Beijing!

I developed a nasty cold while in Korea so we took it pretty slow the first few days in Beijing and stayed in a great hostel just north of the forbidden City. We visited the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, A few parks in Beijing, The Great Wall, and saw a Peking Opera. The last two nights we stayed with some lovely Couch Surfers named Prometheus and Lucy and went out for a great Hot Pot! Beijing was really a lot of fun and we definitely will go back at some point. (Kate found a number of galleries that have great residency programs!)

Next we took the high-speed train to Shanghai where we are now. As I said above, we’re working at the Biofarm in shanghai and having a great time. This morning we transplanted seedlings and now we’re designing some icons for their new website. (What a vacation!) We’re enjoying getting to know the farmers and staff and having a more intimate Chinese experience – and we’re learning a thing or two about organic farming too!

I’ve uploaded a few photos to flickr so take a look at this gallery for a sample of what we’ve been up to! Check back here as we upload more photos.

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March 14, 2010   4 Comments