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By Colin McFadden

Peru 2020

This is a laterblog, recapping some of the highlights of our recent trip to Peru.  This was a scouting exercise for a work project, so much of our time was spent doing work. Because this was a work trip, and because I am good steward of grant resources, I eschewed our usual “Delta unless it’s…

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By Colin McFadden

Taiwan 2019

We’ve recently returned from a week in Taipei, Taiwan.  This trip didn’t get its own day-by-day blog, as it was mostly a work trip.  But, we wanted to capture a few of the memories from the trip before they fade into misremembered half-truths. Our travel got off to a slightly rough start.  De-icing and impending…

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By Colin McFadden

A-maize-ing Archaeology

This post is part of a series called Mexico City 2019 Although there is an endless supply of museums and sights to see in Mexico City proper, we decided that it’d be worth taking a day to head to Teotihuacan, about an hour outside the city. And for such a long, arduous journey, proper sustenance…

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By Colin McFadden

Now that’s what I’m tacoing about!

This post is part of a series called Mexico City 2019 The intersection of a new nonstop flight from Minneapolis, our five year anniversary, and a desire to stuff ourselves full of tacos has brought us to Mexico City.  It’s a quick trip, but we’re packing it full.  And more importantly, packing ourselves full. After…

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Like Bowie in the 1980s

This post is part of a series called Japan 2019 (The hanging out in Tokyo bit, not the unfortunate pants) Tokyo is so completely overwhelming, it almost doesn’t make sense to try to tick off agenda items.  It feels utterly insurmountable.  Throw a three-year-old into the mix and things are fully off the rails.  Rather…

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By Colin McFadden

Surprise!

This post is part of a series called Japan 2019 Our last day in Kyoto, and the day of the surprise!  We gave the 24 hour noodle place next door to our hotel a try for breakfast – a classic U-shaped cafe with a basic cheap breakfast for folks on their way to work.  Then…

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By Colin McFadden

Bit of a Boar

This post is part of a series called Japan 2019 After failing at dinner last night, there was a bit of traveler pride at stake for breakfast this morning.  Luckily, some internet research came through, and we ended up at Lorimer, a Kyoto branch of a Brooklyn restaurant, doing breakfast and lunch.  We had a mind-bogglingly…

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By Colin McFadden

Catching The Vapors

This post is part of a series called Japan 2019 Roughly a year ago, our friend Rebecca said “I’m planning a surprise trip to Japan for Mike’s 40th birthday: you want in?” Well, yeah.  Of course we want in. So, we’re in Japan.  This post is going up on a delay, because the surprise has…

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By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit Almaty?

You should visit Almaty because it’s a friendly, charming gateway to an entire part of the planet you probably haven’t considered.  Chances are pretty good you can’t point to Kazakhstan on a map.  And if you know anything about its history, you’re probably thinking “bleak, former Soviet petro-state” or “just one of the ‘stans”.  And…

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By Colin McFadden

M-m-m-my Charyn-a

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 Our time in Almaty is coming to a close.  We used our final week to knock out a few destinations we hadn’t yet visited, and did some “greatest hits” eating and adventuring.  We made one last trip to Kok Tobe for sunset, ate at Luckee…

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By Colin McFadden

A nice day to start again

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 Our six weeks in Almaty are flying by. We knew we wanted to get out of the city to learn more about life in the rest of Kazakhstan, and when one of the KazNU students, Zhan, invited us to visit his family in the historic…

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By Colin McFadden

At Home in Almaty

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 Prior to our trip to Turkestan (the next post), we had a perfectly domestic week in Almaty. We made plenty of trips to the bakery, vegetable store and coffee shop, and explored the city.  Kat enjoyed another morning at the Botanic Gardens, this time with…

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By Colin McFadden

Almaty to Turkestan, by air

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 Much of the information online about getting from Almaty to Turkestan is vague or unhelpful.  The cheapest and easiest ways to make the trek are by bus or train, but in either case you’re looking at somewhere between 13 and 20 hours of travel.  If…

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By Colin McFadden

You know what goes well with meat? Meat.

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 Having New Years during the darkest, gloomiest part of the year doesn’t make a lot of sense does it?  “Happy New Year! Now, go back to sulking and reading Scandinavian murder fiction.”  Having New Years on the Spring equinox, when the daylight is returning and…

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By Colin McFadden

Gonzo for Gondolas

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 We’ve been in Almaty for two weeks now.  Just about everyone who’s asked us what we’ve been up to has expressed shock and dismay that we hadn’t yet been to the mountains.  Yesterday we righted that wrong. Before we get to that though, there are…

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