Portland, Oregon: A Foodie Paradise in the Pacific Northwest

I continue on my rampage of “I could move to Portland” comments, while ignoring the eye-rolling response it elicits from Andrew. But seriously, I could move to Portland…if only there were jobs for us. And while the natural scenery there is beautiful, that’s not why I would move there. I’d go for the food. Always …

The Great Outdoors in Portland, Oregon

For our two year anniversary, which is conveniently around the same time as a 3-day weekend (Memorial Day), we went to Portland, Oregon. I haven’t been there since I was a kid and have no recollection of it, but after watching Portlandia and sometimes acting out the episode about Colin the chicken in our San …

Kyoto, Japan

I always enjoy visiting Kyoto and I’m always a little surprised that I enjoy it as much as I do. It’s more religious, more spiritual, more traditional than Tokyo…all adjectives that in my day-to-day life I’m not looking for. But somehow, on vacation, churches, temples and shrines are so much more interesting. Some of these …

Impressions of Tokyo

Tokyo is one of my favorite cities in the world, and I feel like such a traitor for saying this, but it is my absolute favorite city in Asia (sorry, Hong Kong). I love the blending of the old and the new, the traditional and modern, but most of all, I love how clean, orderly, …

Japan: Ashikaga Flower Park

When Andrew and I first started discussing where to go for a week-long vacation, we had originally thought we’d be heading to Italy. But given that Andrew would already be in Asia for work and that it would be spring with all its blossoming beauty, it was an opportune time to visit Japan together. We …

Fox Glacier Heli-hiking

As we were planning our New Zealand trip, I was particularly excited about the possibility of hiking a glacier. We have all kinds of hikes in the Bay Area, but glacier hiking is definitely not one of them. After much research, we decided to do the guided heli-hiking option on Fox Josef, while staying in …

Milford Sound

Milford Sound, the most famous of the fjords in Fiordland, is the most popular tourist destination in New Zealand. It is quite a trek from Queenstown, the closest major city, taking nine hours each way. Luckily for us, on the final day of the Hollyford Track, the helicopter dropped us off in Milford Sound. While …

Hollyford Track: Day 3

On the third and final day of this beautiful hike, we got a taste of the harsh realities that the original settlers of the area must have faced, from the fickle Fiordland weather to its numerous sandflies. In the morning, we took the jetboat out to Martin’s Bay. The weather started out quite nice, a …