Vietnam vô địch!

There’s something to be said about seeing a country come alive with pride and joy as it successfully moves through an international sporting competition.  It’s why I’ve always loved the Olympics, and why I love walking the streets during the World Cup. And such was the situation we found ourselves in during our month in Vietnam.  Every now and then, …

The Fear Underwater

Raja Ampat safety stop

Cecilia and I had been in Raja Ampat, a remote archipelago in the far eastern part of Indonesia, for four days.  We had chosen Cove Eco Resort, situated on Yeben Island right in the middle of diver’s paradise, as the place we wanted to spend our first year wedding anniversary.  It was our first dive of the day and our …

Changsha and the Kai Wu School

Kai Wu School Logo

Originally, Jesse and I had planned to leave China after roughly 30 days (motivated by the initial impression that our visa would limit us to such a timeline), but a few factors changed along the way.  First, we discovered that our 10-year multi-entry visa allowed visits of up to 60 days.  Secondly, I found out that my father, along with …

Strangers on a Train

When we first started talking about taking the Trans-Siberian Railway as a means to get from Moscow to Beijing, images of a steam plumes chugging from the locomotive while gliding through the Urals popped into my mind.  I had visions of eating in a tastefully decorated dining car while eating thoughtfully prepared Russian meals mixed with the idea of gathering …