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  • Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan
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    Japan: Not As Expensive As You Think!

    Alexis recently wrapped up our amazing Japan adventure in her post of our last city, Kumamoto. From a cultural/historical/natural beauty interest standpoint, there’s no reason not to go to Japan — it’s absolutely incredible and I’m already dying to go back. This post is about the other consideration: money. I don’t know about you, but I certainly thought that we were going to have to stretch our dollars paper thin in Japan, especially when it…

  • View of Kumamoto, Japan from Kumamoto Castle
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    Castles and Koi in Kumamoto, Japan

    The last of our Japan pictures! The whole trip, we had been going going going, only staying in cities for a day or two before moving onto the next place. In Kumamoto, the last city on our Japanese adventure, David and I were able to just chill for a couple days after his family left and it was sooo nice to just decompress. It also made me realize how awesome it was to have his…

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    Photos: A Look at Nagasaki, Japan

    We’ve been in Bulgaria for a couple days now and we are loving it. It is sooo nice to be somewhere with clean sidewalks and fresh air and modern amenities again. I mean, we have hot water in our sink, guys. Hot water! I can’t tell you what a luxury it is. And the countryside surrounding Bansko (the city we’re in) is seriously life affirming. Bansko is a cute little ski town, so the mountain…

  • Tips for Train Travel in Japan
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    Tips for Train Travel in Japan

    By Alexis If you’re planning a trip to Japan, the bullet trains (or shinkansen) there are worth the ride, not just for the convenience but for the experience in itself. David and I spent a couple weeks exploring Japan with his family, all by train.We bought the JR pass from for about $250 USD per person (full post on our budget coming soon) and even though that may sound expensive up front, it was definitely worth…

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    A Bad Mood in Rainy Rainy Tokyo

    By Alexis Weather is such a fickle thing. I know I’m an adult and should understand how this all works by now, but for some reason I just assumed that our trip to Japan would align perfectly with the blooming cherry blossoms and we’d have ideal spring temps. Maybe being in tropical Thailand spoiled me weather-wise. Or maybe it was all that “growing up in the desert” business…but either way, the rainy, bitter cold weather we encountered in Tokyo caught me…

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    Things to do in Hirosaki: Castle Park

    By Alexis A few days into our Japan trip, we took the bullet train way up north to see the city of Hirosaki. It’s got the most amazing castle there, and, if we had arrived just a couple weeks later, we could have seen some seriously spectacular cherry blossoms lining the streets. My father-in-law lived in Hirosaki for a few months in his 20s, and he said the cherry bossom bloom would have blown us away. So if you’re ever…

  • People cross the street in Sendai, Japan
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    Photos: A Few Days in Sendai, Japan

    By Alexis The day after David’s family arrived in Sendai, we booked a day on the Loople Bus Tour (620 Yen, or $5.20 USD) and spent our day hopping on and off, admiring the sites of the city. One of the first stops was at the Zuihoden Mausoleum, an ancient gravesite of former Japanese rulers. For me, it was a highlight of the day, and maybe the whole trip. We didn’t go into the paid…

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    15 Weird Things About Japan

    By Alexis Sorry for the radio silence the past week! This trip in Japan has been our first real vacation in a few months and I have been trying to soak in my last few days of fun and relaxation before my new real life begins…i.e. finding a freelance job now that I’m officially on the road and unemployed (eep). In the two weeks we’ve spent here, Japan has become one of my favorite places. It’s…

  • Alexis and David at Lake Onuma, Sendai, Japan
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    Konichiwa From Japan!

    By Alexis Konichiwa from Japan! David and I made it to Sendai last night and are loving it here so far! It’s so refreshing to be in a place with clean, stink-free, stray dog-free, streets again. And there are rules here! Rules! It feels like the complete opposite of Thailand, and to be honest, that’s been amazing. Here are a few of my first impressions…. Things I Noticed Right Away… It’s so developed. Everything runs smoothly. The…

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    Our 2015 Monthly Country Itinerary

    By David Our Monthly Country itinerary is set! We’ve mentioned this a few times over the past couple months, but now we’ve made the adventure official: We have paid for our monthly homes for the rest of 2015! Just for fun, here’s a little visual tour of where we’ll be traveling, displayed in weather……

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    How Expensive is Japan? A Comparison of 5 Cities

    By David One month from today we’ll be in Japan! I don’t know if you’ve ever planned a family trip where everyone is spread throughout the world before, but let me tell you — it’s not easy. But we finally have the cities and dates set. It will be a bit of a whirlwind tour as we’ll be stopping in 5 cities over the course of 15 days. Those 5 cities are: Sendai, Hirosaki, Tokyo, Nagasaki,…

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    Where Are We Headed in 2015?

    By Alexis In 2014, we lived in England, Hawaii, and Thailand, and we visited Switzerland, Malaysia, Laos, and Indonesia. For 2015, we’ve got even bigger travel plans. We have just officially BOOKED the first 5 months of travel! Eep! :D So here’s where the first half of 2015 will take us……

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    And Our Surprise Destination Is…

    By David Shhh! A Surprise Trip This spring, we are planning a super secret surprise trip, and I cannot wait to tell everyone! Hopefully we can finalize all the details and spill the beans here around January. That was Alexis in our “Expat Update: 6 Months in Thailand” post from a few weeks ago. So you wanna know where we’re going and why it was a surprise? For Christmas this year, my two older brothers and…