After spending nearly two weeks in Vietnam, we felt lost in time. We spent our days rotating between winding around the maze-like cacophony in the old town of Hanoi, and trekking the countryside. We didn't watch any tv or interact with technology much beyond our cameras, and we ate local street foods from simple roadside stalls and restaurants with no electricity or modern facilities. Juxtaposed with our Vietnam adventure which cut out many of the comforts of western culture, our journey to the ultra-modern city of Tokyo was like a trip back to the future.
Cebu - El Nido - Hong Kong
After enduring a few months of grey skies in Luxembourg, we were thrilled to fly out of Europe for a sunny holiday adventure. With its untouched natural beauty and crystal waters, we decided to ring in the New Year from the Philippines. In total, our journey required 32 hours in the air, covering 14,000 flight miles (that's more than halfway around the equator). We headed out of Luxembourg early December 23rd on a two-hour drive through dense fog to Frankfurt Airport. Despite it being only a few days before Christmas, the international terminal was a ghost town. We expedited the check-in process even further by misreading German signage and passing through the military and crew immigration line.
Seoul, Kyoto, Tokyo
In October 2013, we embarked on our first transpacific flight to Asia from California. Our first stop was Seoul, South Korea to visit Erin's sister Aubrey. Once together, we traveled to Kyoto and Tokyo. We departed from SFO at 11 am and arrived in Seoul 12 hours later. We dropped our bags off at the Designers' hotel, which featured Banksy-like graffiti in each room. Although our body clocks were 12 hours off, we couldn't wait to explore Seoul's contrasting Eastern culture.
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