Travel fails of 2018

We managed to do much better this year, compared to last year - didn't get mugged, stranded, hospitalized, or scammed! 1. (Not) Stargazing in Westcliffe Went stargazing in one of the best spots in the world, Westcliffe, Colorado, without checking the forecast. It was cloudy, rainy, and cold. Needless to say, we did not see a [...]

Bavaria with a toddler

We found all of Germany to be extremely child friendly, but this area in particular blew everything else out of the water! Here are some of the highlights around Bavaria that are baby and toddler friendly 1. The views from Garmisch-Partenkirchen Let me just start with the fact that this was the view from our [...]

Stranded in Lagos

TL;DR - got stranded in the middle of the highway for 4 hours because of mechanical failure. Lessons learned - ask to see the car history of the car you're renting. And if it's been to the mechanic a thousand times for battery problems, maybe ask for a different car. When I was initially planning [...]

Lisbon

This trip was going to have its own set of challenges - A is no longer exclusively breastfed so we have to find food for her, she is getting pretty heavy so we have to carry around a stroller, AND she is now a full on crawling-almost-walking machine! No more Japanese-style everyone-one-sleeps-in-one-bed - the floor. [...]

Wakayama & Kumano Kodo

This leg of the trip was both my biggest fear and my biggest highlight. It's off the Tokyo/Kyoto tourist funnel, slightly in the middle of butfucknowhere, and absolutely gorgeous. Kumano Kodo is a network of trails spanning across the Kii Peninsula in the Wakayama Prefecture. For over a thousand years, pilgrims used to hike these [...]

Inari & Kiyomizudera

Kiyomizudera was a bit of a letdown given that it went under construction two days before we arrived. Even though this made it into our Travel Fails of 2017, we still really enjoyed walking around the temple area and seeing the beautiful cobble-stone streets and fancy tiny houses. I think the construction scared away most [...]

Arashiyama

This was another highlight for me, and a nice break from the Kyoto station madness. As usual, we were the first tourists on the first train to Arashiyama. We headed straight to the bamboo forest, where we spent a good 40 mins trying to get the perfect shot with Babes, and probably photobombing both of [...]

Hiroshima

This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip, for both Danny and I. Seeing the peace memorial, and walking through the museum was a moving experience. With Babes’ cooperation, we were able to spend a good two hours reading about everything that happened, and the after effects the radiation had on the people [...]

Miyajima

Since our days started at 5am, we had lots of morning time for exploring. We decided to check out the busiest intersection in the world - Shibuya Crossing At apparently the least busy time ever. One Starbucks latte later, we were on our way to our next destination, Hiroshima. We ended up boarding the local [...]