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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 […]

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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 […]

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Legendary Expeditions’ Mwiba Tented Lodge

Next up on our East African Adventure was a completely different landscape and experience. We would be staying at Legendary Expeditions’ Mwiba Tented Lodge which is located on a Wildlife Reserve. This meant we could enjoy our game viewing both on foot, walking among the more than thirty natural springs found on the reserve, and in open safari vehicles that are able to drive off-road to get up close to sightings. We took a walk to a game viewing blind overlooking a waterhole where the birdwatching was spectacular. The beauty of Mwiba – different than Serengeti National Park – is more […]

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Our Serengeti adventure, filled with firsts

Our Serengeti safari was filled with many firsts. We saw an actual crossing (of the Mara River) of thousands of wildebeests and zebras, leopards mating the wild (twice in ten minutes – impressive!), twin leopard cubs, a male giraffe duel, and a crocodile attack on a wildebeest, among many others.I really did try to pare down our pictures, but it was such an amazing experience (and all in just 3 days), I just had to share many… A herd of Cape Buffalo – thought by many to be the most dangerous animal in Africa. This particular breed of male Ostrich […]

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Legendary Expeditions’ Serengeti Camp

After a lovely stay at Legendary Lodge Arusha, we moved on to Legendary Expeditions’ Serengeti Camp for a photo safari and to see the great migration of wildebeest, zebras, various antelope and other animals.  A terrific moving map of the route of the great migration can be found here: http://www.expertafrica.com/tanzania/info/serengeti-wildebeest-migration.  The camp is set up in different areas throughout the year according to where the great  migration is expected to pass; it is the definition of luxury camping.   Trip created by our travel pros, Khashana Adventure Travel. To see more view our other posts or visit their web site.

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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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