A Wicked Trip Through Tassie

A Wicked Trip Through Tassie

This post was last updated on March 22nd, 2015Today we are so excited to feature this guest post from Paige, a social media whiz and talented blogger. Read on to discover her unique take and photos from the gorgeous Tasmania!   Tasmania, or as the locals have affectionately nicknamed it, Tassie, is a must-make-trip for all those visiting the land down under. Although traditionally the butt of jokes made by those of mainland Australia for it’s remoteness, Tasmania is slowly coming out into the spotlight for it’s stunning physical beauty and unique blend of wilderness, beach and city life.     I made my way to Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, with four other friends for a long weekend with little idea of what to expect. We rented a Wicked Camper’s SUV with a tent attached to the roof and set off for an adventure to the Bay of Fires and back. We explored the farmers markets in Hobart before road tripping to Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires. The beach there, like most other Aussie beaches, took your breath away. What made this different from those of Sydney and Cairns was that it was empty. Binalong Bay is pristine in the way that makes you immediately apprehensive about setting foot on the sand for fear of destroying the serenity. The water was clear enough to see the pebbles dotting the ocean floor, the sand was white and extraordinarily fine and the rocks were covered with bright, fire truck-red lichen, giving you the feeling that you stepped out of your car and onto Mars. As dusk set, we set up...
Capturing the Baroque Beauty of Ouro Preto – A Photo Essay

Capturing the Baroque Beauty of Ouro Preto – A Photo Essay

This post was last updated on January 23rd, 2017    Ouro Preto is often referred to as the colonial gem of Brazil – and it’s easy to see why from the very first moment the surrounding verdant hills and pastel colored buildings come into view. Ouro Preto (meaning Black Gold) was the center of Brazil’s golden age and gold rush. Today the small town has managed to retain its 17th century colonial architecture and old world charm with barely a hint of development, save for a few well-planned renovations. With over 23 churches, unique Baroque architecture and works of art from the highly regarded Brazilian artist Aleijadinho, there’s no shortage of things to do in and around town. But our favorite activity was easily to put down our maps and go get wonderfully lost along the narrow cobblestone alleys. Just don’t forget your camera – Ouro Preto is a photographer’s dream!     Where is your favorite colonial town you have ever visited?   Like this post? Pin it for later!...
Iguazu Falls Brazil | Witnessing the Power of Nature In Photos

Iguazu Falls Brazil | Witnessing the Power of Nature In Photos

This post was last updated on October 5th, 2014It’s rumored that when Eleanor Roosevelt caught her first glimpse of Iguazu Falls, she exclaimed: “Poor Niagara.” Her sympathy had its merits. Iguazu Falls is both taller than Niagra Falls and wider than Victoria Falls, with scenery unlike anywhere else on earth.     We decided to visit Iguazu Falls out of convenience and curiosity more than anything else. It was the tail end of our trip to the Southern Amazon and the Pantanal where we had been immersed in nature for over a week straight. We had already seen monkeys, tapirs, hundreds of cayman and come face-to-face with a jaguar (full story coming next week!). And having already seen countless waterfalls on our travels, we were wary to how spectacular Iguazu would actually be in person. But with the falls just a short flight away, we knew we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what all the hype was about.   Of course, it was an absolutely breathtaking experience.     The falls create the geographical border between Brazil and Argentina. Unfortunately we had to stick to the Brazilian Side as US citizens must pay a reciprocal tax of US$160 per person just to hike on the other side of the border for a couple of hours. Should you jump over to the Argentinean side you’ll find an extensive boardwalk that takes you over the top of the falls, which sounds pretty amazing. You can learn more about visiting the Argentinean side here.   How to Arrive   We decided to base ourselves in Foz do Iguazu, the closest city to the...
Reflections on One Year of Nomadic Life: In Photos

Reflections on One Year of Nomadic Life: In Photos

This post was last updated on September 17th, 2014 Today marks our one year anniversary of being fully nomadic. It’s kind of incredible to believe that we’ve been living out of our backpacks, with no permanent address, and no official home base, for the past 365 days. In some ways it has gone by incredibly quickly. In other ways it feels like this is how we’ve always lived, going where we want, when we want. We’ve learned a crazy amount about the world and ourselves over the past year. Next week we’ll share our reflections on being ‘digital nomads’, whether we think we’ll travel like this forever, and what we’ve learned about the lifestyle. But today we just wanted to reminisce for a bit about where the past year has taken us. When we left Taiwan, we didn’t have an itinerary or a plan. Looking back, it’s kind of crazy where we decided to go and how much time we decided to spend in each country. Some places, like Panama, we never intended on visiting – but we ended up going twice and have plans to stop through again in about two months. Overall, the past year took us to: Vietnam, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Norway, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada and Brazil. We like to think that we travel rather slowly, but looking back at all that we crammed into one year, we’re not so sure anymore! We hope you’ll reminisce with us as we take you through a whirlwind of photos and memories. A huge thanks to everyone that has been reading and following along with all of...
Photos of the FIFA World Cup 2014 – Part 2

Photos of the FIFA World Cup 2014 – Part 2

In honor of the World Cup games coming to a close, we wanted to take this opportunity to share all the rest of our wonderful photos and memories from watching the games throughout Brazil the past month. In case you missed it, you can view Part 1 here.     We had an awesome time cheering on Costa Rica, but with a 0-0 draw we felt it had only wet our appetite for watching the World Cup games in action. The only solution? Go to another game! We just so happened to start chatting with a couple who wouldn’t be able to make their match in Brasilia (where we were headed next) and secured 2 tickets to the France vs Nigeria match. This time the seats were in the second row!   After seeing France and Nigeria play up-close, it was time to take back to the streets and cheer on Brazil against Chile and Colombia.     As you can imagine, the streets erupted in celebration and tears of joy after the final penalty kick was taken and Brazil came out the winner.   The game against Colombia was also a big win for Brazil.   Then there was Germany and Holland and we all know how that went.   Looks like it’s time to start training for 2018:   Have you ever attended a World Event? What’s your favorite sport to watch...
Photos of Brazil During the FIFA World Cup 2014 – Part 1

Photos of Brazil During the FIFA World Cup 2014 – Part 1

This post was last updated on July 16th, 2014Four years ago we joked about going to Brazil during the World Cup. Now we’re actually here! Though we did secure random tickets to one of the games during the first raffle, one of the main reasons we wanted to come to Brazil was to experience the excitement surrounding the games – in the streets and local bars, and with fans from around the world. We all know that leading up to the games there were plenty of protests and controversy. But now that the World Cup has begun, the general attitude from Brazilians we’ve met has been to enjoy the games while they’re here, and cheer on Brazil! And cheer they have. The streets have been a sea of yellow and green jerseys. Belo Horizonte seemingly shut down in its entirety (save for the bars) so people could leave work in time to see Brazil play. And this is just the group stage! But I’ll save the descriptions for now and just let you have a look for yourself: Continue to Part...