Ireland Adventures: Fun in Dublin

Well I've officially been back from Ireland for about 10 days now, and after this crazy month of travel, I think my internal clock has finally realized I'll be staying in the Eastern time zone for a while. Unlike my trip to Japan, which was very spur of the moment, this Ireland trip has been in the works for at least a year. My friends started kicking the idea around last May or June, and we started keeping an eye on flight prices in the fall. When we found round-trip tickets for $530 … [Continue reading]

Capitol Hill Class 2016

Editor's Note: I know I owe a bunch of posts on my trip to Ireland. I promise those posts are coming. It's just taking a while to go through pictures, and I'm waiting on some of my friends to upload theirs since they have some of the best ones. In other news, this morning Megan and I ran the Capitol Hill Classic 10K. We had been chatting earlier this week after our Ireland trip how we felt like we needed to do something healthy since we ate so much heavy food on the trip, and we … [Continue reading]

Back from Charleston!

Sorry to drop off the face of the Earth after telling you all about my super fun Japan trip! The end of this month got a little crazy with the end of the semester and some more crazy travel I had on my schedule. I just got back from a week in Charleston for work where I was giving a presentation at the DIG South conference. The presentation itself was on Tuesday and then I got to spend the rest of the week learning from some other really smart people at the conference. I pretty much … [Continue reading]

Japan Adventures Part 6: Hakone and Mt. Fuji

When we were planning our trip to Japan, one of the things both Meghan and I wanted to do was see Mt. Fuji. It's such an iconic part of Japanese culture that we felt like we couldn't not see it while we were there. The tricky thing is, Mt. Fuji isn't actually very close to Tokyo. I think it's manageable with a trip on the bullet train, but Meghan and I didn't want to deal with intense navigation and directions on our last day, so we booked a day trip tour so we wouldn't have to worry about … [Continue reading]

Japan Adventures Part 5: Yokohama and Shibuya Crossing

So I left off in the middle of my Sunday adventures outside of Tokyo. We had just wrapped up a busy morning in Kamakura and were hopping back on the JR train to take us to Yokohama. Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and home to lots of different popular sites to see, but with limited time, Meghan and I narrowed our priorities down to a few main things: The Foreign General Cemetery Harbor View Park Hikawa Maru In order to get to these three places we had to transfer off … [Continue reading]

Japan Adventures Part 4: Kamakura

So far we have recapped my travel to Japan and all of the things we did in the city of Tokyo. Sunday was the first day we ventured outside the city, and it is hands down my favorite day of the entire trip. Meghan and I really wanted to get to Kamakura, which is home to the tallest Buddha in Japan and many other ancient shrines and temples. Kamakura is about an hour south of Tokyo by subway/JR train so we knew we were going to have a commuting adventure on our hands. By Sunday, we felt … [Continue reading]

Japan Adventures Part 3: Fish Market, Skytree and Shrines

One of the things that was high on Meghan's and my list of things to do in Tokyo was the Tsukiji fish market. The only catch with the fish market is that you have to get up and get there really early in the morning or all the fun is over. We figured there was no chance we were going to get up early enough for the fish auction, which takes place at 3 or 4 in the morning and requires tickets, but on Saturday when we happened to wake up around 6:30 a.m., we figured we could still make it … [Continue reading]

Japan Adventures Part 2: Imperial Gardens and Shinjuku

Meghan and I didn't plan anything too major for Friday because we weren't sure how our bodies were going to handle the crazy time change. Japan is currently 13 hours ahead of DC time, which means it's morning in DC when it's night time in Japan. Perhaps luckily, we were so exhausted from our long travel day that we slept pretty well Thursday night and woke up at a semi-normal time Friday morning. We decided to start the day with a walk through Roppongi up to the Imperial Gardens. Multiple … [Continue reading]

Japan Adventures Part 1: Travel and Roppongi

So I'm officially back on U.S. soil after a week in Japan. Meghan and I are sitting in the Houston airport with a pretty long layover as part of our epic 24-hour travel day back home. I figured while I'm stuck in the airport, I'd start writing up some trip recaps. I took so many photos on this trip and I want to document everything, so I'm going to break the posts up by day, otherwise this recap would be miles and miles long. This first post is going to capture my travel day and first … [Continue reading]

Books I Read in February and March

Hi friends! I'm coming to you live from BWI way earlier than I needed to be here because United messed up my plane ticket for my trip to Japan (and in the process did not print my TSA Precheck on my ticket, so I had to go through regular security #firstworldproblems). So now I'm chilling at my gate basically two hours before the time I'm set to take off and I thought I'd check in and do a quick update on the books I've read lately since it's been a while. I didn't do a recap in … [Continue reading]