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Bali – Part 1

Bali…why did we ever leave? We were drawn in by the allure of beaches and sunbathing and left with stories of adventure and culture. If you are going to take one trip this year, make it to Bali. David and I divided our time between two areas – Seminyak and Ubud. They were both amazing and filled with a variety of options to satisfy any travelers desires. Seminyak Resorts The resorts are amazing and come at a small price tag. There are great options starting at only $30 USD per night – think gorgeous pool with swim up bar and breakfast…

Singapore – Top 8

Singapore feels like a melting pot of different Asian foods and cultures (residence are mainly Chinese, Malay, and Indian). Being one of the smallest counties in the world, everything is very close. Most families live in tall government subsidized houses in the middle of town. These buildings have “coffee shops” on the first floors serving food from around Asia. Their apartments are small so these areas are the hangout spots for tenants and serve as an extension of their dinning room. Anyone is welcome to eat here, it is a great place to find affordable food in Singapore. We spent a few…

Food Journey – Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is a culinary delight! Great tastes from around the world meet world class experiences and some amazing Instagram opportunities! David and I were committed to making up for any missed meals from our unsettled stomachs earlier in Thailand. Hitting over 20 spots in Bangkok, we have narrowed it down to our favorites. Trust us you will want to be on the next plane over! 1. High tea The Mandarin Oriental not only has a huge selections of teas to choose from they, but they also have three settings. Whether you are looking for a traditional high tea, Eastern fare,…

Activity List – Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is like no other. We arrived to the airport in the evening, greeted by Bank, a high school friend of Davids who grew up and lives in Bangkok. The city is filled with skyscrapers, malls, and unique experiences that only Southeast Asia could think to offer. Here is our activity list – a collection put together by myself and Bank and enjoyed with David. 1. Visit the Grand Palace You can take a ferry or water taxi there, which offers a great view of the city and a break from the traffic. Make a day of it by first…

4 Days in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Arriving in Chiang Mai, David and I were excited to embark on a new city. Phuket was not exactly what we were expecting but we knew several people have fallen in love with Thailand, and we were still in search of that charm. We found it in Chiang Mai! This city doesn’t disappoint, with a temple on every corner, similar to Holland Michigan. These religious sites were just adorned with a bit more gold and had a sprinklings of monks in their courtyards. The city itself is hidden among beautiful passage ways that lead to great coffee shops, multiple street…

Cooking Class – Chiang Mai, Thailand

After being in Thailand for a couple of weeks we wanted to learn firsthand what went into the delicious mango sticky rice or pad Thai that we were eating every day. I found several options for cooking classes in the Chiang Mai area. We decided to attend the class by Thai Farm Cooking. They had such amazing reviews on trip advisor that I simply had to see what all the hype was about. By the way, a cool website to check out when you are looking for a different experience is With Locals.  This site offers a place for locals to…

Elephant Nature Park – Chiang Mai, Thailand

We were the last to be picked up in a large, plush 12 passenger van heading an hour and a half outside of Chiang Mai. The ride was amazing as we passed rural farms where water buffalo were grazing and chickens walked alongside them.  Our education about Thai elephants began on our journey to the Elephant Nature Park. Elephants are a huge part of Thailand’s tourism trade and also play a crucial role in the logging industry. Recognizing the unfortunate impact tourism has had on elephants, the Elephant Nature Park created a place for rescued elephants to call home. Most of these amazing creatures are too old to perform or too injured to log. They need a break from their difficult lives. Elephant…

Scuba Certification – Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Having a year to travel is giving us the time and flexibility to think about picking up some new skills. First on our list? Scuba diving! For years David has been trying to convince me to join him in this adventure. With Thailand’s warm water and great dive sites, I was convinced to give it a go. We signed up to for Open Water Certification, a three-day course, which would enable us to dive up to 60ft completely independently. The class included 5 quizzes, a pool dive, six open water dives and a final exam. Trust me those three days…

48 Hours in Phuket, Thailand

We ended up spending 1 week in Phuket, but really figured out the best stuff to do. So if you only have few days here – you’ll be able to hit all the highlights! Day 1 8am- Rent a Car. You can pickup a car most placed for around 1,000 Baht (~$30) for a day. Be sure you’re comfortable with driving on the left side of the road (and are okay with motorbike mayhem). 10am – Visit the Monkeys on Monkey Hill As mentioned in our previous post, you can get up close and personal with wild monkeys.Purchase peanuts before reaching the…

Monkey Hill – Phuket, Thailand

Whether you’re looking for a good hike or just a way to make new (furry) friends, Khao To Sae (Monkey Hill) is worth a visit. The drive up is gorgeous…shaded by mini pergolas with intertwined vines that have, over the years, wrapped themselves between each wooden plank. Many dogs have traveled miles up to this place probably to enjoy a little rest from the intense Thai sun. The drive (or hike) is a steep 4 mile climb ending in an amazing view overlooking Phuket Town. This alone is worth the trek…but it gets better! At the top of the to-do…

Chicago USA – The Marathon

Kelsey and I really started getting into running half marathons right after we got married and have run 8 to date. Our friend from college Joel had trained and ran the Chicago Full Marathon last year. He told us how amazing the run was and that if we were ever thinking of doing a full, we had to do it in Chicago. We knew Chicago was a popular race and that you had to enter a lottery to even get in. So 10 months ago, figuring we’d let fate decide, we put our names down and pre-registered. A few months…