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Setting Sail

After 3 weeks back in Detroit, we’re finally on the move in a way that is starting to seem real.  We flew out at 6:30 Friday morning.  After a not so unexpected late night of burning meat and celebratory beers we made it to the airport with just enough time to stand in the security Read More

Logistics: Food

One of the most common questions we’re asked is “What are you going to eat?”  Anybody that knows Soph and I knows that food is very important to us in terms of health and as a way to connect with others.  The idea of being consigned to wangling our provisions from rural Alaskan gas stations Read More

And God (Dan Gilbert) said “Let there be cornhole!”

This is literally just a bunch of pictures of various cornhole boards downtown.  I like to imagine Uncle Dan taking a few hours off from being the Leviathan of Detroit to show up at a relative’s house that he doesn’t really like for a 4th of July party.  At said party he notices that all Read More

Hustling Harder

Sunday morning I had planned a bike ride with an old friend.  This is one of my favorite past times in Detroit.  We moved away about three years ago and things have changed.  The city has filled in with feral hipsters and aging millennials who’ve adopted the David Beckham hairstyle as the last do they Read More

Chris’ Spanish cheat sheet

A big goal of this trip is learning Spanish. We actually make a great team in communicating. Soph is much better at listening, and I am much better at talking. Imagine that. Combine our brains and we can actually get quite a bit done. I wanted to make a sheet with some of the more Read More

Travel logistics for June

The next month is going to be a bit of a whirlwind.  We have to pack up and leave Utah in the next week, then fly to Detroit to spend a few weeks with friends and fam, then fly to Seattle, then hop on a ferry to Alaska.  We will be cruising up the inside Read More

Trials of a resident alien

One of the logistical challenges I’ve recently been focused on is my immigration status in the U.S. I moved to America nearly a decade ago, in 2008. Since then, I’ve graduated from being an H1-B holder (a working visa for specialty occupations) to a conditional permanent resident (a green card given to a spouse of Read More

Top 5 reasons to not take a satellite messenger on an international tour

A nameless friend whom I love dearly has been lobbying hard for us to take a satellite messenger with us on this trip.  Actually, she has been lobbying hard for us to get a satellite messenger ever since we moved to Utah and upped our weekly consumption of potentially deadly activities.  If you’re not familiar Read More

Simple gear list for your first tour

I recently added a budget page to the site.  When we initially began planning this trip, we worked the finances out on the back of a napkin.  Surprisingly (or not surprisingly if you know my ability to SWAG) once I put everything into a spreadsheet our napkin turned out to be spot on.  I also Read More

Gear: Tidy Cat Panniers for $15

A few things about me: I like to reuse things I like to make things I like to make things out of reused things I don’t like to spend money on new things when a thing made of reused things is available I have been using a set of panniers that I made out of Read More

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