Everest Base Camp Trek – Part II

If you haven’t already, take a spin through Everest Base Camp Trek – Part I. If you can make it through that entire post, take a quick nap and then continue reading below… Day 8 – Dingboche (14,500 ft) to Thukla (15,200 ft) Miraculously, around 2am that night in Dingboche my headache went away and…

Everest Base Camp Trek – Part I

By far the most anticipated of our adventures thus far, we’d been looking forward to the Everest Base Camp trek for quite some time. Here are just a few of the ways we attempted to get ourselves hyped, primed, and prepped for the two week adventure: Running a half marathon back in November (our cardio…

A Little Southeast Asian Bathroom Humor

One of the first major differences we noticed upon our arrival to Southeast Asia was that the restrooms are very different than what we’re accustomed to in the States. Before you scoff at our profound observation, hear me out on this one. The restrooms are so different, in fact, that I would have greatly appreciated…

Hoi An, Vietnam: Your New Retirement Destination

We have a winner for our favorite city in Southeast Asia (so far at least). With beautiful beaches, a river walk that rivals San Antonio, the best food in Vietnam, and an easy-going vibe, it was really difficult for us to leave Hoi An, even after lengthening our stay from three to six days. It…

How to pick your Halong Bay cruise

Halong Bay is one of the “must dos” in Southeast Asia. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the bay is famous for abrupt karst rock formations caused by millions of years of geomorphology (thanks google) that jut out of the sea beautifully and randomly. The rock formations and resulting caves are uninhabitable and have thus…

Vietnam: A Country Full of Surprises!

Let me preface what I’m about to share with you by saying that I really enjoy surprises. I think you could probably place me in the upper tier of “surprise lovers.” However, two out of the three surprises listed below certainly made me question my love for surprises in a very big way. Surprise 1: Ho Chi…

Reflections on Cambodia

Cambodia is a case study on how good we have it in the U.S.  From 1975-1979, ~25% of their population was killed (2 million people) by the ruthless Khmer Rouge regime through a combination of mass murder, disease, and starvation.  Along with 2 million people, the Khmer Rouge also killed the Cambodian (also known as…