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Hiking the Foothills of the Himalayas – The Annapurnas

Hiking in the foothills of the Himalayas was on Mark’s bucket when I met him 14 years ago, before a bucket list was a thing. Sometimes a long anticipation of such a thing can end in disappointment once realized. Not so with hiking in the foothills of the section of the Himalayas called the Annapurnas. Truly some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Our flight west from Kathmandu to Pokhara  (100 miles) shadowed the Himalayan Range on its south face. We flew along at 10,000 feet with haze filling the sky from a few thousand feet below us […]

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Kuzu zangpo la – Greetings from Bhutan

The Kingdom in the Clouds. The Happiest Country in the World. The Last Shangri-la. Mystical. Magical. What a fascinating country. Bhutan is a (virtually completely) mountainous country roughly equal in size to Switzerland. Half the size of Indiana.  Go ahead, Google it; I had to. (Indiana is 36k sq miles, Bhutan is 18k sq miles, Switzerland is 16k sq miles.) This tiny country is bordered by two behemoths: on the north, China (the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China) and on all other sides, India. As one blogger quoted a local regarding its neighbors and politics: “If India sneezes or China […]

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Two Tales of a City, Hiroshima

“Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, and destroyed its usefulness to the enemy. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T. It had more than two thousand times the blast power of the British Grand Slam, which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare”. These fateful words of Harry Truman, President of the United States, on August 6th, 1945 marked the first public announcement of the atomic bomb. 140,000 would die from the effects of the bomb in Hiroshima by the end of 1945, and many more […]

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A Morning Visit to Miyajima Island

We arrived in Hiroshima after a long day of train travel, and checked into the Sheraton Hotel. Even though it’s right at the train station, the hotel is first-class. We couldn’t help but break into big smiles at the western-style room complete with fluffy king-sized bed, club lounge, and movies in English. We’ve been using Tours By Locals and batting .500 – Patrick in Tokyo was VERY good, Takashi in Takayama not so much. Jasmine, our Hiroshima guide, spent a year with her family in Oregon where her husband was a visiting professor. We started our day at Miyajima Island, one […]

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Our Stay in a Japanese Ryokan

Our hotel in Takayama, Hidatei Hanaougi, is a ryokan. The hotel’s website lists ‘Heart-warming hospitality” as the Number 1 reason to stay there, and we couldn’t agree more. From the first moment we arrived, we felt welcomed, pampered and attended to. Where else does the general manager himself stand at the curb at the end of your stay waving good-bye until you are out of sight? A ryokan (旅館?) is a type of traditional Japanese inn, with a special and specific way of providing services to guests. Ryokans originally served travelers in the Edo (shogun) period (1603–1868).  We found our ryokan to exude […]

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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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