Today’s the day! All our bags are packed, all of our goodbyes are said, and we’re sitting in the airport waiting for our transpacific flight. These past 8 months at home with friends and family have been wonderful. We’ve enjoyed the time we spent together. Now on to a new phase of our lives. New experiences are waiting for us and we intend to make the most of them.

I hope to get in a regular schedule of posting once we get settled in KL. Until then, here’s hoping for smooth travel and a comfortable hotel bed 25 hours in the future.

Malaysia, Travel

Moving Day

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I’ve accepted a counseling position with an international school in Kuala Lumpur. My wife and I are totally pumped for this new chapter in our lives. We spent a few days in KL during our “Funemployment” trip in November and loved the energetic vibe of the city, the mix of cultures, and the exquisite food options. Now we’ll get to explore the city and the country more in depth and share it with you, my faithful readers.

Towers

What this means in the short term is changes in my posting and frequency of posts. We leave in about three weeks and in that time we have to move all of our stuff, shop for things we need to bring with us, catch up with friends and family, and all the other things I’m forgetting. In addition to all that, we celebrate 10 YEARS(!!) of marriage next week, so that’s a few days out of the schedule.

KL

In the long term I’m looking at making some changes to the blog and this move abroad provides a nice fresh start to make changes. I’m still going through some of my options to choose what I think would fit me best moving forward, but I’ll try to keep you updated.

Architecture in KL

Anyone else out there with exciting news that they want to share? I’d love to hear about it in the comments down below.

Malaysia, Travel

Exciting News: The Counselor is on the move!

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Old and newHanging onOpen air busCatching a ride

Photography, Travel, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: Buses in Yangon

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Australia, Photography, Travel

Entering South Australia

South AustraliaKulgera PubIf the Outback looked sparse in the Northern Territory, South Australia took it to a whole new level. The trees and rocky outcroppings gave way to a completely flat, empty landscape. My eyes started to get tired as there was nothing to focus on, just miles of straight road and nothingness. The landscape, however, made it easy to spot wildlife, as we saw several groups of emus, but we didn’t see any camels unfortunately.Off RoadSandy paths

Sunset SAJump!We blitzed through the area, as we were anxious to return our car in time and were also excited about seeing friends in Adelaide. We only spent one night in between Uluru and Adelaide and that was in Coober Pedy, which I wrote about here. During our drive we did make one detour to see Lake Hart, which is a giant salt lake right off the Stuart Highway. The sun was blazing that day, so it was incredible to see this huge flat expanse glittering in the sunlight. Next up, I’ll post about our time spent in Adelaide and then on to The Great Ocean Road!

Lake Hart

Exploring Lake Hart

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Blinding white of Lake Hart

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Australia, Photography, Travel

Journey into the Northern Territory Pt. 8 Final Day in the Red Center

Today we finally reach the epic conclusion to our Northern Territory series. On our final day in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park we spent our time hiking around Kata Tjuta. The first hike was a fairly short walk into the Walpa Gorge. During this hike we saw an abundance of rare plants growing along the path.

Water hole

Water collecting in the Walpa Gorge

Wildflowers

Interesting plant life in the gorge

Flowers

Beautiful flowering tree

Completing that walk we ventured on the much more challenging Valley of the Winds Walk. The walk takes you through a labyrinth of towering stone structures and the entire circuit takes 4-5 hours. We however cut it short due the heat of the day and our exhaustion from the previous day’s hike. On our walk, though we got to the two main lookouts at Karu and Karingana, the latter easily being my favorite view in this area.

Kata Tijuta

Views on the Valley of Winds Walk

Hiking to the lookout

Hiking up to Karingana Lookout

Kata Tjuta Lookout

Stunning view from Karingana Lookout

Uluru was the obvious choice for our last sunset, but this time we wanted to get up close and personal to the monolith. We drove past the crowds of people at the sunset lookout and headed for the Mala carpark, which is located right at the base of Uluru. We couldn’t believe how deserted the area was. We cozied up on a bench and “oohed and aahed” as the stone changed colors. I honestly can’t think of a more perfect ending to our time in the Red Center.

Shadows

Brilliant colors and shadows

Changing colors

Stunning colors at sunset

Sunset

We had Uluru all to ourselves

The next day’s drive would take us into South Australia and a reunion with one of our teaching friends in Adelaide. I’ll probably be delayed in getting started on my next series because there’s some big changes coming that I’m excited to share with you soon. So stay tuned!

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China, Favorite Photo Friday, Photography, Travel

Favorite Photo Friday: Golden Temple

Golden Temple

The Golden Temple, rising up from the middle of the old town in Shangri-La

 

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China, Photography, Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge, Xi'an

Climbing Hua Shan (华山)

Huashan

Hua Shan

When you follow the Soldier’s Path to the North Peak of Mt. Hua you can’t help but focus on the stairs! They climb on forever and at impossibly steep angles. I did my best to try and capture some of the ridiculous angles you climb on your way up.

Steep climb

Some stairs you almost crawl up

Climbing Huashan

More a carved ladder than stairs

Closed path

These vertical stairs were actually replaced by a more reasonable path

Stairs

Up, up, up

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