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The final countdown

We are going home TOMORROW! I’ve thought about home so much as a mental escape that it has become hard to believe it is a real place, far away, where we will be transported overnight through the magic of aviation.…

Violence and security

After money, the number-two topic that people like to ask us about our trip is safety. I first heard it from my friend’s uncle in Utah. She had told me he had taken a similar road trip through Central America…

The Big Decision

Over the past few weeks, we made our biggest decision yet: when to go home. It is a decision we have been avoiding for a while—not because our life in San Francisco is so dreadful, but because thinking of home…

In Argentina

Both Juan and I have histories here in Buenos Aires. Juan lived for several years in the capital after moving from his hometown a few hours south, and I moved here shortly after finishing grad school, four years ago this…

So you live in a van.

  My personal rock-bottom of our journey came in the town of Ajijíc, a charming town filled with American expats on Mexico’s Lake Chapala. After spending a first night in an expensive (450 pesos—almost $40) hotel because I was feeling…

Traveling while Asian

Yesterday marked one year since we left San Francisco. It’s hard to talk about the past year without going on forever or lapsing into boring generalizations. The first three months are the most exciting, when you are figuring things out…