hiking volcano pacaya, guatemala

on our third day in antigua we planned for a daytrip out of the city.  the landscape of guatemala is riddled with volcanos and mountainous passes; antigua itself is nestled between a trio of volcanos with two additional volcanoes nearby that are very popular for hiking.  volcano fuego is the most active of the three.  […]

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first 24 hours in panajachel (guatemala)

jojo: what do i like? -one seriously boss sunset.  vancouver has the northshore mountains, santorini has hillside villages, albania had empty beaches but panajachel’s is something else. three volcanos (atitlan, pedro and toliman), virtually no boats and constantly moving clouds so the visuals and lighting change from minute to minute.  amazing.  we previously read that […]

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zombie walk vancouver

since 2005, zombies have paraded their way through downtown vancouver and the tradition continued this year.  although we haven’t done the walk before, a friend’s wedding day landed on the day of the 2015 walk so they incorporated a zombie escape into their wedding video. this year’s walk started at the art gallery and pathed […]

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the surprises of the netherlands

our time in the netherlands has been a welcome surprise from what i was expecting and i’m so glad that haha pushed for us to spend nearly two weeks in rotterdam and amsterdam to close out our stay in europe. my preconceived notions about the netherlands prior to arriving with the realities: amsterdam being packed […]

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Laidback Haarlem

If the crowds of Amsterdam gets you down, I would suggest a day trip out to quaint Haarlem which is only a 15-minute train ride away. The city is pretty small, perfect to be explored by foot. Lots of great shops and restaurants within the town center. There’s even a windmill that you can take […]

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staying fed in the netherlands

juices from albert heijn 3 euros for fresh juices, our favourites were the orange & kiwi and apple, pear & raspberry.  it must seem ridiculous that we’re listing this as one of favourite indulgences in the netherlands but finding good, fresh juices in europe for less than the price of a firstborn isn’t as easy […]

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exploring netherlands: the hague

we spent our first day in the netherlands daytripping it north of rotterdam to the hague which sits alongside the north sea on the western coast.  its population is nearly half a million and is a very popular summer destination for the dutch.  our motivation for visiting scheveningen beach was for the firework display that […]

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looking back at asahikawa

when did we visit and for how long? late february for 10 days what kind of accommodations? two hotels.  we barely stayed in the first one for 30 minutes because it was so disgusting.  smoke was seeping out of everything, even the toilet paper.  we moved down the street to the washington hotel and it […]

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