Travel Tips for Bagan, Myanmar

Much of our trip to Myanmar was focused around trying to find a connection to my family who had once lived there as part of the British Colonies. We visited Bagan though purely as tourists. We have traveled to Borobudur in Indonesia and Angkor Wat in Cambodia but there is something uniquely special about Bagan. There are more temples to explore than at Borobudur and it currently is much less touristy than Angkor Continue Reading →

Memories of our Camel Safari in Jaisalmer, India

Recently our trip to India has been coming up in conversations for a variety of reasons over and over. The trip was a personal reward for completing my master’s degree and was also going to be our last big trip before we tried to start a family. Possibly the biggest highlight of the trip was the camel safari we took in Jaisalmer just across from the Pakistani border. We had started Continue Reading →

Hue Vietnam Travel Guide: Tombs, Towers and Tanks

Things To Do In Hue Vietnam Once the national capital from 1802-1945, Hue Vietnam is home to the ancient Imperial City (Citadel) and the tombs of several emperors.The ancient sites around the city are spectacularly beautiful and it was well worth the visit. Hue Imperial City (The Citadel) Emperors of Vietnam once lived in this walled fortress and palace. Much of the structure was damaged or destroyed by battles with the Continue Reading →

Wonderful Indonesia! 10 Beautiful Photos of Indonesia

In 2015 we were looking for a place to go on vacation with our son who had just turned 2 years old. A place that was safe for kids, had great food and beaches but also some adventure. We found it all in Indonesia! We traveled through Kuta, Ubud, Yogyakarta and then finally out of Jakarta. Watching the sun rise from the top of the ancient temple of Borobudur was Continue Reading →

Hampyeong’s Herptile Eco Park

Hampyeong which is about an hour away from Gwangju, Jeollanamdo, is well known across Korea for its annual Butterfly Festival. Few people, even locally it appears, know about Hampyeong Herptile Eco Park (함평파충류생태공원 ). It’s hard to miss though once you arrive into the area of the Eco Park as the building is shaped like a giant albino Burmese python (they have a live one inside!). I have not been able Continue Reading →

Dolmeori Beach in Hampyeong South Korea

Only about an hour drive away from Gwangju, Dolmeori Beach in Hampyeong is one of the closest beaches to the city. We usually make it out to the beach a couple of times a year but like many beaches along Korea’s west coast extremes in the difference between high and low tide can make it difficult to catch a good day for swimming. When the tide goes out at Dolmeori Continue Reading →

Hoi An, Vietnam: Spending Some Time Around the Old Town

In 1999, the old town of Hoi An was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The narrow streets are lined with buildings from centuries ago and in the evening lanterns light their way. Hoi An is more than just this historic town though! Beautiful white sand beaches line the coast, fantastic restaurants can be found and it is about an hour away from the temple complex My Son. Found around Continue Reading →

Cool off This Summer at the River in Jiwon Dong, Gwangju!

I wish we had known about this place years ago! Around 2 kilometers south from downtown Gwangju or Chosun University in Jiwon Dong, a section of the river that runs through town has been cordoned off to be used for wading or playing in the water.  It can be found next to Dong San Tower (동산 타워), just before Yongsan Elementary School and the overpass to Hwasun. This section of Continue Reading →

Manduca Baby Carrier Traveling With Kids Review

In a weeks’ time we will be heading to Vietnam. Including Korea where we live, this will be the 8th country our son has visited in 3 and a half years. As I start to pack there is noticeably less “stuff” that we are bringing this time. Our stroller is staying at home. We don’t really use it any more. Completely toilet trained, there are no diapers. No booster seats, Continue Reading →

Genealogy Search Brings us to Mandalay, Myanmar and Hitting the Research Wall

Prior to our trip to Mandalay, Myanmar a woman on Tripadvisor had told us that St. Mary’s school where my great grandmother had worked as a matron was now NO. (8) Basic Education High School. A volunteer working for FIBIS also provided us with the same information (from the same source unfortunately). I also found on a post that most of the cemeteries had been moved out of the city Continue Reading →