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Kyoto: Geishas, Soba & Bamboo

Kyoto and I didn’t get off on the best foot. When we arrived in Kyoto, after an amazing trip down from Tokyo on the high speed train Japan is known for, we expected smooth sailing in this small city. Our AirBnB...

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Tokyo Is Not For Beginners

In many ways, Tokyo is exactly what I expected. I knew about the neon lights, the varied and unique cuisine, the anime culture. It was overstimulating and energetic and drowning in such good food that we’re...

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Failed and Updated: Our China Summer Bucket List

It’s about that time of year when school is starting and the weather is beginning to turn. Except here of course, where it’s still basically scorched earth and excessive sweating in public is a daily...

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August 2017 Month in Review

We went into August with no real plans for the month. Nothing booked. By the end of August, we had spent one weekend in Macau, and another in Sanya, a city on Hainan Island off the coast of Southern China. I guess we...

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The China Visa Process, Part III

This article is part of a short series about our journey to obtain our Chinese residency and work visas. We haven’t found great personal resources about what to expect when applying for such visas and went through...