Outside and Starkers for the First Time

We missed our Bangkok connection in Tokyo because of a 7 hour delay in San Francisco, which left us with a 18 hour layover to find some trouble to get into. We found a little Ryokan to stay for the night, experienced the earth shake for a minute with a 7.4 quake and went to sleep. The next day we ate a delicious meal at a bakery (I think all food in Japan is amazing) and visited an onsen, a public bath that includes a natural hot spring. I wasn’t... Read More

Secure in Singapore

We made it out of Tokyo and have arrived safely in Singapore. I took a picture of the most interesting building within a block of us just to prove we’re here. As we were boarding the plane concern about the second reactor was growing. This morning, we heard about the explosion and now growing concern about a third reactor. We are grateful to be out, but will continue to have the people of Japan in our thoughts. Those who want to help can go... Read More

Konbanwa from Japan

Konbanwa (Good evening)! After three packed days in Kyoto, Japan, Sasha and I thought we should take a moment to send out a proper update to friends and family. The picture is of the Golden Temple we visited Thursday — a temple covered in gold leaf and oh so zen. For those of you, who are only getting the emails, we rescheduled our departure date about 10 days ago and we added Japan as the first stop on our itinerary — here we are. Kyoto,... Read More

Safe and Sound

Thanks for all your emails. Sasha and I are safe and sound. Despite the 8.8 quake and resulting tsunami, Sasha and I had no idea it even happened until we saw flashing red coastlines on the local news (we had to guess what they meant). It might force us to change our travel plans, but that’s nothing compared to the havoc it’s wreaked across the country. We’ll share some pictures and stories from our travels soon, but wanted to let... Read More