A new adventure begins!

Hi friends,

Mid-April already – time flies! It’s been nearly a year and a half since we returned to Florida. We bought a home, found jobs, and settled into a routine that’s about to change pretty drastically :)

As some of you know (mostly our Miami friends), Abe and I are beginning a new adventure this June. We’re really excited about this new chapter in our lives, which will become a little louder, a little more chaotic, and definitely filled with even more love.

I wanted to share Abe’s final video of our trip around the world, an amazing recap that makes me, well, think of all the stories and the adventures we experienced during our unforgettable year of travels.  We used this video to share our big news with our families back in November… I hope you enjoy it.  Check out the low res below, or see the high res here.

 

And for those of you still having some doubts… It’s a GIRL! :)

 

 

Japan!

Deer friends (you’ll get this pun later, don’t worry),

So this is a little awkward, posting again after such a long break. Especially since Abe finished a new video 4 months ago, and I withheld it from you until now.  I don’t even have a good excuse for not posting it. As classy breaker-uppers say: It’s not you, it’s me.

But here you are, despite my multi-month absence, so thanks for the love. I’m sure you’re curious to see the Abe’s latest masterpiece: our Japan video.  So with no further ado, check it out below, or click here for the high res version. Enjoy!

 

 

 

I can’t hear you, I’ve got a slug in my ear!

In honor of Abe’s latest video (which you’ll need to scroll all the way down for) , I’m taking you all back in time, to our time down under. I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Aside from the disappointingly disgusting vegemite (really though.. wtf?), Australia was stunning. We spent weeks wine tasting in Margaret River and Adelaide, sneaking up on roos and koalas in Kangaroo Island, beaching and walking around in Sydney, and finally scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns.

Wine tasting in Margaret River
Wine tasting in Margaret River

It was nearly perfect, really. Except for when something fishy happened to Abe’s ear during one of our scuba dives. And it may or may not have been a slug.

Here’s how the story goes (I’ll try to keep it short, in the interest of my Saturday night plans). After one of our breathtaking scuba dives, Abe got a bad ear ache. A local Cairns doctor diagnosed the issue as an ear infection and gave him antibiotics. Which normally should have cured the issue.

Koalas in Kangaroo Island
Koalas in Kangaroo Island

But by the time we got to New Zealand, the pain had gotten worse. Abe made an emergency doctor’s appointment through our local airbnb host, and the M.D. seemed preoccupied but wouldn’t give Abe any information… instead, that sneaky woman just handed Abe a sealed letter to give to a specialist. Obviously we opened the letter (who wouldn’t?) and it turns out she suspected there may be a slug (!!!!!!!!!) inside his ear.

So for 2 days, we squirmed wondering whether there was an eerie (hah!) flesh-eating bug in Abe’s ear. Turns out though, the doctor was an idiot: it was ‘just’ a very bad infection. We did get pretty scared, but jumping out of a plane put that fear into perspective. We’re both ok, obviously.

Anyways, I can’t possibly tell you all of our Australia and New Zealand stories in one post, so I’ll just let the star of the show speak for itself. Hope you enjoy Abe’s latest masterpiece below (or see the high res here):

 

Mesmerizing Myanmar

Dear friends,

We’ve been back for months now, and life is basically back to normal. Abe and I are back in the work routine, and we’ve just bought a house (yay!!) which we’ll hopefully move into at the end of June.

I’m excited to share Abe’s latest video. It’s focused on our time in Myanmar, which I wrote about a few months ago. It’s weird for me to see the footage many months after it all happened, and to think that only 5 months ago we were still traveling full-time. I absolutely love seeing these new movies and remembering the excitement, the beauty, and all the funny stories… What an adventure it was.

Well, I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did. And I’m not saying this just because he’s my husband, but Abe really is very talented :) See it below, or click here to view the high res version.

Our Time in Thailand – a video

By the time Abe and I arrived in Thailand last September, I was already pretty far behind with my blog upkeep. You can tell, because my blog posts started including pictures from several different countries in my desperate attempts to catch up.

As a result, you didn’t get to hear about our awesome Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai, our kayaking adventures in Koh Samui, our volunteering with elephants or the sketchy ping pong show invitations in Bangkok. Luckily, Abe documented it all, and he’s just finished his latest video masterpiece.

So, with no further ado, here is a peek into our 3 weeks in Thailand. Check it out below (or see the high res version here):

A European Flashback

This morning we’re leaving New Zealand and flying to Japan, the last country of our traveling year. Three more exciting weeks to go, and then we’re heading home!

Luckily, we’ll have Abe’s amazing videos to remember all our adventures vividly. In fact, check out his latest video montage, an awesome flashback to some of our travels across Europe (or can see the high res version here):

An Icelandic Video

We fell in love with Iceland a few months ago (check out my blog post if you missed it). It’s truly an amazing place, and I highly recommend a visit.

Abe made a beautiful video of our time there, which you can check out below (or stream the high res version here). There’s quite a bit of kissing, but I refuse to apologize for it. I couldn’t help myself: I had to fight off the cold somehow, and the sledding dogs weren’t always around for a snuggle. Can you spot the seal swimming around the glacier lagoon at the end?

 

Baltic Cruise Video

Now that we’ve finally finished planning our trip (check out our complete itinerary here!), Abe’s had much more time to work on his video compilations. You heard a little about our Baltic cruise in my last post, but Abe’s amazing (and dance-filled) video definitely brings our Viking adventures to life. Check it out below, or see the high res version here. It might be his best one yet!