The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (in pictures)

Harry Potter has meant so profoundly much to so many people, and never is that more poignant than when you are walking around the commercial madhouse that is Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter. “It’s a racket, it’s a racket, it’s a racket,” you’re telling yourself. “Don’t buy that $60 sweatshirt, or that $7…

The Springs

Kayaking looks like it’s all about the arms, but that’s a sure way to burn out too quickly. You know that true power comes from a one-two-three push: brace the calves, squeeze the gut, pull the bicep. Watch the whirlpools spin out endlessly behind you as you glide forward through the tannin-stained water that looks…

Resolutions Reflections – Three Weeks Into 2017

They say it takes 21 days to make a habit. Today is January 22. When you woke up this morning, were your choices informed by those goals you made for yourself on the first day of the New Year? Or have they already fallen by the wayside? I was genuinely curious about the state of my…

Goals for 2017

I will strive for openness and authenticity whenever possible. When Sam and I first started this blog, it was something we clung tightly to ourselves and hid from the world – well, obviously not the entire world, because we put it online, but our world. Our home world. We hid ourselves away if we were working on posts…

A Last Look at 2016

Its 9:30 am on Sunday, January 1st. Today I woke up to the sound of my mother screaming and my father swearing and frantic footsteps dashing down the stairs outside my bedroom. Startled, I opened my door to a truly revolting odour: it smelled like a combination of pungent incense and burning rubber. I grabbed my phone,…

Healthier Holiday Baking: Chocolate Loaf Cake!

It’s been way too long since either of us were able to use a proper kitchen. Almost seven months, by my count. Seven months of relying on cafeteria food, pre-made meals, Starbucks breakfasts, and instant coffee. It was the price we had to pay to live out our adventures- moving from place to place every few months, racing…

Ill in The Philippines

So, this is the way the whirlwind ends. Not with a bang, but a blurhagahak-ugh (*an onomatopoeia I have just invented for the sound my horrible, endless vomiting and dry-heaving made.) Yes, that’s right, we went to the Philippines, and I got horribly, horribly ill! We were feeling pretty invincible right up until it happened,…

Disneyland, Hong Kong Style

We were Disney Dynamite, dashing from ride to ride, whipping past the poor, bewildered fellow park-goers (who were just not on our level). We blew through each land and managed to hit every single ride and show that Hong Kong Disney had to offer, plus a few repeats along the way. Is there an award for a Disney Dream Team? Because if so, we definitely earned it.

Pre-Readjustment Blues: Last Day in Hong Kong

Tomorrow morning I board my last flight out of Hong Kong. I just spoke to the office that runs our flats to inform them of my imminent departure. They instructed me to put my key in an envelope and drop it in the mailbox on my way out. So that’s that, then. Tests taken, papers submitted,…

Journeys in Japan: Osaka and Kyoto

It’s 10:23 am. I’m sitting slumped on a concrete train platform in Kyoto, toasty under the mild sun and surrounded by a slapdash assortment of buildings and blue mountains. Trains glide smoothly to and from the platform, and their passengers stare at me from clean, tinted windows with mild concern. Because someone sitting on the ground tends to draw…

Pineapple Mountain – The Only Arid Place in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is undeniably beautifully tropical and lush – this we have discussed ad nauseam. Everywhere you look you will see brilliant green palm trees, dangling vines, and bright cerulean sea. You don’t come here looking for red rock formations and scrubby trees, and yet when we ventured out to the New Territories on a…