I’ll admit, Malaysia wasn’t a country that I thought we would spend any significant amount of time in during our travels, but I am so glad that we did. We explored two different cities, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. We learned so much about the different cultures living together and experienced our first temples. Kuala LumpurContinue reading “Malaysia!”

Australia Week 2: Kangaroo Island and Adelaide

Our second week in Australia was much more exciting than we bargained for — we had originally planned on spending more time on the southern coast but our trip was cut short by the bushfire crisis, but more on that later. We still had a great time for our last week: Matt saw his firstContinue reading “Australia Week 2: Kangaroo Island and Adelaide”

Australia Week 1: Sydney

Our first week in Australia was spent exploring Sydney and the beaches. We wandered around gardens looking for parrots, enjoyed the waterfront, hiked between beaches along the coast, and enjoyed the New Years Eve fireworks shows in the harbor. A lot of our days were spent in smoky haze due to the fires west/south/north ofContinue reading “Australia Week 1: Sydney”

New Zealand Week 2: Blackwater rafting, Kiwi sightings, geothermal mud baths, and more!

Happy Holidays everyone! It’s been awhile since week one update, but we have been pretty busy and when we get back to our accommodations I just want to sleep. Week two was pretty packed with activities and lots of driving to finish up our north island portion of the road trip. Waitomo Cave Blackwater RaftingContinue reading “New Zealand Week 2: Blackwater rafting, Kiwi sightings, geothermal mud baths, and more!”

New Zealand Week 1: Auckland, Bay of Islands, Coromandel Peninsula

Kia Ora Friends! We have been having a great time here in New Zealand for the last week. It hasn’t all been super fun though as we are still adjusting to driving on the left and dealing with being generally allergic to the countryside (I have sneezed twice while writing this sentence). But we haveContinue reading “New Zealand Week 1: Auckland, Bay of Islands, Coromandel Peninsula”

Big Island of Hawaii: Week 4

Our last week on the big island was full of activities — mostly ticking off the last few locations from our lists of must-see places. Some highlights include the turtles at Kiholo bay, our green sand beach adventure, and a delightful thanksgiving with our hosts (including night pool volleyball!). Kiholo Bay Our hike to KiholoContinue reading “Big Island of Hawaii: Week 4”

Big Island of Hawaii: Week 3

You guys, week three was maybe the best week so far! We snorkeled until we were too tired to snorkel anymore. For my birthday, we stayed over on the Kona side of the island for two nights (its just too far from our main Airbnb to do all of the activities and drive home inContinue reading “Big Island of Hawaii: Week 3”