A week from today Ashley and I will be embarking on our fourth trip to Asia – jetting to a place we’ve grown to love and crave to experience more. This time around, though, it’s a bit more permanent. We are moving to Shanghai, a multi-cultural metropolis that just so happens to be one of our favorite cities in Asia – even the world. It’s a happening place with a rich and transformative history, great diversity and mind-numbing food. Got to love those glorious, little bites of heaven known simply as soup dumplings! Ashley will be working on her photography and I will be conducting social research for a nonprofit organization. The other exciting news is immediately after getting settled in Shanghai, we’re setting off on a month-long tour of the exotic, dramatically landscaped countries of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – chronologically ordered. Flooding in Thailand may unfortunately cause us to avoid the country all together. The disheartening situation is being closely monitored and the decision to go or not will be made last-minute as we approach the country from Laos.
Now for the blog: Myself, a bored 20-something year old who recently graduated from grad school at the University of Hawaii, and the other pea in the traveling pod, my girlfriend who’s a photographer, will be blogging on a range of topics covering travel, culture, politics, science, technology and more. Ashley is an exceptional photographer who co-owns a photography business with her twin sister and will be photo-documenting our experiences.
As the title suggests, this blog does not have the particulars in mind. Rather, as already alluded to, the topics will be diverse, and fingers crossed you’ll find it exciting, interesting and perhaps, even useful. We do not wish to bore you with only explicit itinerary babble – a travelogue to keep our friends and family informed of our whereabouts is important, and we’ll certainly write our fair share of that. However, our hopes are to act more like photojournalists and be informative, than anything else. This time we’re not only traveling to see the sights, meet people, eat huge amounts of mystery meats on a stick and have a few local brews and moonshine, but to document the people, religion, culture and politics more thoroughly and intimately.
With that being said, though, throughout the next couple months we’ll mostly be writing about our lives and the haps in China and our exciting upcoming trip to the countries along the Mekong. Normally, updated blog postings would be posted on Facebook, but due to government restrictions in China, popular social networking tools are unavailing, so you’ll have to frequent the blog regularly on your own. That is, until we set up a virtual private network which will make us disappear, seemingly elsewhere and allow us to use the internet without hindrance, even though we’ll be amongst the People, in the People’s Tea House, reading the People’s Daily.
Hope you stay tuned and enjoy the blog!