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Wanderlust Friday

July 17, 2015

Wedding celebrations in Amer, India.  We have had some personal life changes around here connected to jobs and house renovations, which made everything else a bit hectic. However, we’ve also had a super relaxing half week at the beach in Delaware, which recharged us plenty to take on the rest of summer adventures. We are hosting my family next week, and in late August / early September we are taking 2.5 weeks to do some more travel around the US.…

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Hungry in Hungary

July 15, 2015

I hope y’all are enjoying my pun. Because I have been wanting to write it for a year now — basically ever since our first meal in Budapest. Because we ate like there was no tomorrow in Hungary’s capital. We ate as if we’ve been starved for the previous 11 months of our RTW trip.  We ate as if no good food exists elsewhere in the world. Basically, we were constantly Hungry…even if we had just stuffed ourselves an hour…

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Spaces Around the Globe: Hungary’s Parliament – Budapest

July 10, 2015

Today’s spaces around the globe is a bit of a departure from what I was originally thinking for these series, i.e. well-designed spaces for living, eating, or socializing. But really, most of us spend the majority of our time at a work place — where we eat, socialize, and basically, for better or worse, live there too. For a place that accounts for so much of our daily life, it sure would be nice if it looked kind of awesome, wouldn’t…

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Hipster Beautiful Budapest

July 8, 2015

The minute we walked out of the airport and onto the subway bound for center of Budapest – I knew it. This was my city. Sometimes you just get that feeling. Very rarely is it wrong. And this time, this feeling grew and expanded until I was about to burst – that’s when we walked into a friend’s flat that we were kindly loaned for a few days to call home. At this point Sergey and I just looked at…

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Wanderlust Friday

June 26, 2015

Woodford reserve barrels of whiskey. Ah yesssss. Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  We made an impromptu long weekend trip  to Kentucky last week, and despite my complaints of how travel is exhausting – we had a blast. We drove straight shot from DC early Friday morning, arrived in Louisville to hang out with my dad, then spent the next morning exploring Kentucky’s bourbon trail. That’s a thing – and it’s glorious. Saturday we arrived in Shenandoah valley of Central Virginia, and couldn’t quite get…

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Confessions of AirBnB Hosts

June 19, 2015

Jefferson memorial during Cherry Blossom Season — possibly the most popular timeframe to visit Washington D.C. Since we’ve decided to be based in Washington DC for the foreseeable near future, we are exploring all sorts of ways to replenish our travel fund. Aside from actually getting paying jobs, our most lucrative endeavor has been AirBnB. We’ve put our spare bedrooms on the site in May, and overall have had a fantastic experience so far. The extra income is not insubstantial, the…

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Laos Itinerary

June 17, 2015

How we spent 22 days in Laos Laos is stunning. Looking back on our photographs we can’t quite believe how beautiful our natural surroundings were. The slow pace of life, the small, scattered villages where majority of Laotians live, the sprawling countryside are best explored slowly and overtime. Yet, most visitors to the region tend to skip over Laos, occasionally making an exception for a few days stay in Luang Prabang. But while Luang Prabang is certainly a worthy stop,…

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Wanderlust Friday: Travel is Exhausting

June 12, 2015

Hey there – so we missed a wanderlust Friday post last week. The short and sweet of it is we didn’t have wifi OR 4G connection – yes, those places still exist in the US.  Right here  is one, if you are curious ) The longer and much more truthful explanation is that of course we didn’t have a Friday post prepared to go, as these days we are running low on time, and very low on steam. Because travel is…

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Laos: Travel Tips, Tricks, & Resources

June 10, 2015

We had high expectations coming into Laos — it had a lot to prove to us, given the blog name and all. It’s funny, while we were there we didn’t quite LOVE it. Yes we enjoyed it, we had great experiences that we appreciated then and there, in the moment. But overall, Laos is sleepy, less comfortable, and more homogeneous than its neighbors in SE Asia – at least that is what we found. Looking back though, we realize that…

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Laos’ Secret Scars

June 3, 2015

Laos is the most bombed country on earth. Ever. Statistics publicized by Mines Advisory Group (MAG) put the precise number at one planeload of bombs, every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years. That’s about 2 million tones of ordnance. The countryside of Laos — sadly contaminated by UXO today. Phonsavan, Laos.  Unless you’ve traveled Southeast Asia, this fact might be a revelation. It was for us. The bombing campaign over Laos went on for almost a decade in…

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