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新年快乐!! Happy New Year! Being home for this holiday season has truly been wonderful. As much as I love and miss travel, there’s nothing like spending holidays with the people you love, especially after being absent the last two years. This year I have about a million resolutions (including trying to squeeze in at least a little travel πŸ˜‰ ), one of which is to finish blogging about our adventure in Asia. I’ve been putting off writing about Kyoto because there’s SO much to say, but there’s no time like the beginning of January to channel some motivation and push through!

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We first fell in love with Osaka the minute we stepped off the plane and into the airport. We had a fabulous time in the Philippines, but compared to Southeast Asia, Japan felt like a shiny, new, futuristic world that we couldn’t wait to explore. The bathrooms were full of buttons and options (sound effects, anyone?), the public transportation options were expansive and easily accessible, and bowls of noodles could be ordered from vending machines. It was a magical place.

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Sagada & the Banaue Rice Terraces

Hello from the United States of America!!

Kevin and I are finally home-sweet-home after an unforgettable 23 months of traveling, volunteering, working, scuba diving, tutoring, eating, motorbiking, meeting people, and making memories all around Asia! Before I go on, I would just like to say thank you one more time to all the folks who so closely followed our travels, took the time to read my longwinded blogs, and left encouraging and thoughtful comments. It meant more to us than you probably know, and we reallyreallyreallyreally appreciate your support.

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Dear Blog,

I have not forgotten about you, I promise. I have thought almost everyday, “I should write a blog about my time in Taichung so far…” However, most of my time has been spent working at the YMCA, and after 9 hours of screaming at children, 5 days a week, I somehow don’t feel that inspired to think about it more once I get home and put my feet up. Thus, I have resolved to leave it be for the time being and write about my insane camp experience as a whole once it’s over. In the meantime, I do want to keep up with all of our fun outings and weekend trips around Taiwan.

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Hey again, poor blog of mine. Wow, have we been busy! The YMCA has been working us hard, but life is finally starting to stabilize. Last week we only got Saturday off, meaning we worked a 6 day week of 8:30-5:40 plus preparing for our lessons and trying to manage all the extra random requests being made of us (teaching our kids a dance for parents night, changing lessons last minute because they dropped the ball on the materials, etc.). So, my blog and many of my other personal projects have been put on the back burner as my tiny bit of free time has been spent letting my brain and body rest.

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RTW Packing List & Budget

I’m happy to report that Kevin and I have officially made it to Kunming/managed to escape Chengdu! πŸ˜‰ We arrived via overnight train yesterday morning and beelined it directly to the Vietnamese consulate to arrange our visas. The should be ready on Monday. Until then we will be relaxing around Kunming, which turns out to be a really charming city. More on that next time.

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Back in Chengdu & Back to Work

Ah, finally finished talking about our CNY trip. It’s been so long since I’ve written about anything else that I haven’t really had a chance to catch everyone up to speed on what we’ve been doing recently! And trust me, we have been busy. I want to write about the Hong Kong trip, which was absolutely fabulous, while it’s still fresh(ish) in my mind. And I’m dying to share my pictures because I was on my own and had to take them all by myself. I’m pretty proud of myself, though, and I’m blaming any shortcomings in quality on the smog/fog. However, before I jump into all of that I want to talk about some of what we’ve actually been up to in Chengdu lately. Most of the time that’s where we are, after all, and living and working here day in and day out is a totally different experience from the time spent on the road.

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