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Sixteen Months In…Lost Stuff, Found Friends

Like the cover photo? That’s us enjoying canned spaghetti on a beach in Fiji. Because we spent the last four months in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. And we’re really, really poor now.

Speaking of Australia and New Zealand, internet has been pretty spotty and expensive for some time now. So I apologize to our regular readers for having left you out of the loop for such a long stretch. Things have been good with us, and I’m really looking forward to filling you in on our adventures and sharing some of the thousands of photos we’ve taken along the way.

Kangaroo
Around 200 of those photos might be of kangaroos.

I suppose I have to go all the way back to Portugal to fill you in on the Saga of the First Aid Kit. We had an early morning flight from Lisbon to Hong Kong and I left it in the hotel room. Which really sucked when we arrived in Hong Kong without sleeping pills and suffered from some of the worst jet lag ever. This wasn’t just any first aid kit, you guys. It had all of our OTC meds, pain killers, motion sickness tabs, antibiotics, and A YEAR’S SUPPLY OF MALARIA MEDICATION. I asked – nay, begged – the hostel to retrieve and send it to us over the course of 7 weeks and 22 emails, to no avail. It’s just gone now. We have to start over. Sad.

In happier news, we’ve had not one, but three! visitors over the last couple months. That means we got to share a ton of fun activities with friends – from tasting Australia’s wine country, to an informative yet awkward didgeridoo lesson, to hang gliding and hiking through Middle Earth. Some good times, for sure.

Edoras
Sharing a boys moment atop Edoras from Lord of the Rings.
Tim Tams
Enjoying Tim Tams in Sydney with Caroline.

We’re on Mana Island in Fiji right now. Our resort is, shall we say, pretty basic here. But there’s sun, sand, and rum, which is really all you need if you’re on an island, right!? We’ve made some friends and tomorrow we get to go snorkel with jellyfish and see the island where the movie Castaway was filmed.

Ukey
Ukey posing on a Fijian beach.

The most recent new development in trip news is that we booked tickets to Singapore. We have extended family there who have graciously offered to host us, and we’ll be happy to see more familiar faces soon. We’ll be there for four or five days before moving up to Malaysia and Thailand…and I’ve learned not to plan too much further ahead than that.

For now our top blog priority is to update our galleries, so you should have a whole lot of trip photos soon. Stay tuned for our best images so far this year!

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