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Hiking Around Mt Fuji with Mountain Trek

We’ve spent the past week in the company of 6 other intrepid trekkers hiking around Mt Fuji with Mountain Trek guides Ted Taylor and Kirkland Shave. Mountain Trek is a hiking and health spa retreat just outside of Nelson, British Columbia where we’ve enjoyed some fantastic hiking in the past. Each year, Mountain Trek leads an international adventure trek. This year’s trek dovetailed nicely with the rest of our Asia adventure, so we joined in. The trek was timed specifically for the best chance of seeing the Sakura (cherry blossoms) and wow, did they get it right! We have experienced […] Read more

Making Sense of Shinto and Buddhism in Japan is Confucing

According to one source, 90% of the Japanese say they practice Shinto, 90% say they practice Buddhism, and 90% say they aren’t religious. Other sources dispute this, attributing statistics like these to birth records and a longstanding practice of officially associating a family line with a local Buddhist temple or Shinto shrine. Add to the mix that the Japanese implemented Confucianism into their social order during the warrior period in the 1400-1500s, and it all gets a bit fuzzy. Since we’ll be at or near the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan and Nepal, I’ll skip that for now. But I thought […] Read more

Eating in Japan

We’ve been eating and eating in Japan and it’s been getting better and better. Well, except for the big orange (paint ball-ish) fish eggs. Before eating in Japan, you say “itadakimasu” (“I gratefully receive”), and then “gochisosama (deshita)” (“Thank you for the meal”) after finishing the meal. Well, we don’t say that, but one should. When drinking beer, wine or sake, it is customary to serve each other, rather than pouring your own. Periodically check your friends’ cups and refill their drinks if their cups are getting empty. Do not start drinking until everybody at the table is served and the […] Read more

Walking Some Tokyo Neighborhoods

Sharing a pictorial post of our walks through Tokyo neighborhoods. Tokyo construction company run out of the proprietor’s garage. Read more

Tokyo Begins with Cherry Tree Blooms

Tokyo has been named by fellow travelers as their favorite city, and we can certainly see their point. Trying to see Tokyo and learn about Japanese history and culture in 3 days was like drinking out of a waterfall, not just a fire hydrant. Of course, the history and culture lessons will continue for the next two weeks, but the sights of Tokyo were truncated by our short time there. Japan, at 130 million, is the 10th most populated country in the world. It is the 9th most densely populated country (not counting city-states). In comparison, it is about the […] Read more


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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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