Balloons Over Bagan is not an experience that will leave you feeling deflated (very punny, I know). On Day 3 of our 8 day Myanmar trek, we started early at 5am for our 5:30am bus pickup for a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the “Valley of the Hidden Temples” (as our friend Carlos Gomez described Bagan). We arrived to coffee and cookies and soon got to know the 14 other travelers who would join us with our pilot. It was a large balloon basket – it wasn’t…

Now for a less sexy blog topic (that I wrote and should have posted 2 months ago): immigration into a country. Myanmar was a dream vacation to us, especially after hearing such strong recommendations from friends like Carlos “Valley of the Hidden Temples” Gomez and Matt “Motor Bike Around ” Zedler. There was one potentially significant “barrier to entry” to making this dream a reality though (pardon the pun): Obtaining a Visa. We organized the trip  ~6 weeks in advance (not recommended) and didn’t have time to obtain…

Note: This is a repost of the Wide Load- Incredible Photographs Of Overloaded Vehicles In China article posted by Victoria Casal-Data. I figured you all might find it entertaining (it is to me – and we totally see this all the time!). Overloading, as you can clearly see, is a serious problem in China; about 80 percent of trucks (or any means of transportation used to transport goods) are overloaded. These vehicles have been damaging the country’s already-crumbling highways and they have been the cause of collapsed bridges in the…

I’ve posted a few things about ‘oddities’ we’ve experienced while living in China.  Now that four months have officially passed, we’ve come up with a new list of things.  The ones below are all food-related, but we have others, which may make the cut into another post in the near future. These fall squarely into the “Not Weird, Just Different” category.  Some are good, some are maybe not as good. Other things are little differences, some of which I will likely miss when we find our way to…