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On Skipping Winter

By the numbers Welp, we did it. We skipped winter. It was very satisfying to land in Munich – back in our home away from home – and see buds on the trees and daffodils on the ground where there’d only been brown leaves in November. As Nate’s cousins drove […]

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Ode to Mr. Coffee

Before travel, coffee was a morning comfort and, I’ll admit, a minor addiction packaged with unsettling withdrawal symptoms when absent from my life. Honestly, though, I can’t tell my Folgers from my French Roast. This is probably owing to years of abusing my taste buds with copious amounts of salt. […]

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Jackiwi & Nate vs. New Zealand

26 days and only 4 showers later (ewwww), Nate and I have completed our camping trip around New Zealand. It was by far my favorite part of our travels so far, minus the incessant rain and the regular lack of showering. Our south island experience couldn’t have been more different […]

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New Zealand Camp Cooking Show

I interrupt this regularly scheduled blog for a cooking show. When New Zealand rains on your parade, you make a cooking show at the first sun sighting. Obviously. Side note: We might be losing our minds.

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Indonesia: Shoestring Struggles

After two months of traveling around SE Asia, Nate and I touched down in Jakarta, Indonesia; my home away from home. I’d lived and worked in the city from 2010-2013, and we were both eager to visit some of my old stomping grounds. Nate fit right in. Sebasa gave him […]

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Keepers of the Memory: The Cambodian Killing Fields

It’s easy to catch martyrdom syndrome when backpacking. Oh whoa is me!  I’ve relinquished my career ambitions (really more of a ‘pause’), reduced my possessions to what I can carry on my back (and fit into my mother’s storage spaces), and shunned worldly comforts such as Pandora, Hulu, and Amazon […]

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The Wiz of Angkor Wat

Siem Reap – rhymes with Read ‘em and Weep – is the home of the famous Angkor Wat. Why is it famous, you ask? It’s famous because Angelina Jolie once posed as Lara Croft Tomb Raider in front of some temple ruins, twisted and crumbled under the weight of an […]

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Vietnam: The Land of Hellos and Hammocks

Last time on Adventures with Nate and Jackie, we found our heroes in a video montage along with some chickens and ill-tempered men on a 24-hour bus from the capital city of Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam. Did they make it? Is their sanity intact? Read on to find out… Er…wait. […]

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L(Ch)aos by Bus

The time Nate and I spent in Vientiane, Laos – food poisoned and hiding from the writing on the wall respectfully – was a lower point of the SE Asia trip, but hope lay on the horizon in the form of a little town called Luang Prabang. Google called it […]

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Sandra Dee of Vientiane

Well, we did it. Nate and I checked all of our boxes and then some in Thailand: Lounge on a beach See a Muay Thai fight Take a Muay Thai class Purchase Muay Thai shorts Take a boat ride through the Venice-like canals of Bangkok See a Cabaret show (See […]

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