Rockin’ Room with a Space-Age View

View from our apartment in Nishi Shinjuku

We came to Japan with one major goal in mind, to experience the awesomeness, the craziness, the cuteness, the unexpectedness, the weirdness and the wonderfulness of the Japanese people. In other words, the Japaneseness.

When we told friends that we would be spending half of our time in the country just in Tokyo, they seemed a bit surprised by our decision. Why so focused on the capital? Why? Because Tokyo is prime hunting ground for everything that makes Japan so Japanese. We want skyscrapers decorated in giant video screens, anime madness, hustle and bustle, Harajuku girls, streets aflow with humanity, and food, food, food. First reaction to Tokyo… fabulous shock! It’s overwhelming in the most positive sense of the word. Continue…

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Torres del Paine – UPDATED

September marks the start of the trekking season in Torres del Paine. A lot has changed in the short time since we visited in 2015, so we are updating our guide. Full-circuit trekkers can now only hike counterclockwise and reservations are necessary for the free CONAF campsites starting October 15, 2016. Read on for details and complications.

After several months of indulging in amazing luxury experiences in Peru and Argentina, Tony and I were craving a good challenge and decided to hike the full circuit around the Torres del Paine Massif. It had been way too long since we did a multi-day hike on our own. It was time to hit the trails and test our physical limits. This time, no organized lodges, no guides or porters, no prepared meals. We wanted a real adventure to rediscover our sense of independence. Just a tent, food, and enough time to explore 130 km of wilderness.

Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is a household name among serious trekkers. Even if you have never heard the name, you’ve certainly seen the world-famous park in advertisements. Its epic landscapes represent everything that makes Continue…

Happy Birthday Thomas

Happy Birthday Thomas 2016

Happy birthday to one of the planet’s greatest explorers. What better way to celebrate than by diving into one of the craziest, most over the top cities in the world… Tokyo. This is going to be good.