Living The Icelandic Dream

We are currently living in one of our favourite cities- Reykjavík. I was offered a chance to intern at The Reykjavík Grapevine, the country’s largest tourist publication, so we hopped on a flight ASAP and headed north.

We will be here for the next few months at least. I am still posting articles on our past adventures, whilst having new ones. For pictures of our beautiful new home, visit our instagram.

Takk!

Nous aimons Québec 

First of all apologies for the irregular updates. Since being in the US we’ve spent far more time driving from place to place with quick turnarounds and infrequent/inconvenient internet. Not an environment that’s conducive to blogging. 
But at this moment we have internet, and time, so here’s a quick run-down of our last few weeks:

After leaving our workaway in Vermont we travelled back to Massachusetts ready for Halloween in Salem. This was everything we expected and more. Worthy of a blogpost in itself (watch this space). 

We then blasted our way down to Washington DC, saw more museums, landmarks and government buildings than we thought possible and then witnessed more states vote for Trump than we thought possible. 

Coincidentally, the next day we made a dash for Canada via upstate New York. After stopping at Niagara Falls and making a quick family visit in London (Ontario), we pushed further North to Ottawa then Montreal. Both lively cities with lots to see. 
Finally we reached Québéc. Possibly our favourite city in Canada so far. Maybe because it feels a bit closer to home. With its older stone architecture and French speaking inhabitants we were temporarily transported back to Europe. 
So there we are. Tomorrow we start crawling our way South through Maine in an effort to reach Boston before thanksgiving. Lighthouses and lobster await. 

Pumpkin Spiced Lattes All Round…

Autumn is upon us, and we have had -quite literally- the falliest fall imaginable. We have spent the last few weeks volunteering in a B&B in South Royalton, Vermont. Our days have been spent baking pies, cooking breakfast and, of course, admiring the Autumn colours. We even managed to sneak in a visit to the Ben & Jerry’s factory! 

Now it’s back to Massachusetts to celebrate Halloween- Salem style!

Boston Bound…

The three-way relationship between us and our sat-nav Diane is sadly coming to an end. Our Western road trip is now over and we’ve loved every second.We’ve hiked in the Pacific Northwest, almost froze to death in Montana, wandered the Saguaro desert, been to Disneyland, San Francisco and Hollywood, and gambled too much money in Vegas. We’ve had the pleasure of staying with many friends and family along the way too which has been a delight. Tomorrow we fly to Boston to begin our New England tour- we can’t wait!

The Great American Road Trip

It’s been a whole 3 weeks since we last posted! Whoops! A mixture of terrible wifi and being too sunburnt to move meant that the blog took a backseat. We are now on mainland USA after spending two awesome weeks in Hawaii. We have since driven our cool-ass Jeep to Portland Oregon, and are currently seeing Washington state before heading up to Vancouver! The road trip begins!

Sayonara and Aloha

Today is a strange day: on the one hand we are bubbling with excitement to get to Hawaii, but on the other hand we are so sad to leave Japan. We’ve met some awesome people, climbed sand dunes, walked vine bridges, trekked gorges, swam in lakes and cuddled cats, hedgehogs and foxes. Despite this, it feels like our ‘Japan Wish List’ is longer now than when we arrived. But this, we’ve realised, is just the sign of an amazing country; continuously giving you reasons to come back. We suspect we will never be ‘done’ with Japan.

Also…we may never be done with writing about Japan, many blog posts to follow! 

Heading North…

We have come to the end of our tourist trail of Japan. Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima -the go to destinations- have all been ticked off our list! Now to wander off the beaten path a bit, exploring Yamagata and the northern wilderness of Hokkaido- maybe we’ll even dip across to Russia if we run out of things to do! 

Goodbye Okayama, Hello Osaka!

We’ve had such an amazing 2 weeks volunteering in Okayama. We’ve experienced everything from teaching in Japanese schools and working in the bamboo forests, to DIY and babysitting! We have made some awesome friends (not just the mosquitos), and are truly saddened to leave our home-away-from-home.

However, now we move on to our next adventure! We have activated our Kansai-wide rail pass and will spend the next 7 days exploring Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara; it’s going to be jam-packed.

Okayama Here We Come!

Our first 10 days in Tokyo have flown past! We still have so many things to post about it all.

Tomorrow we will be flying to Okayama, which is in the southern part of Japan’s Honshu island. There we will be staying for two weeks volunteering at ‘Nano Village‘, which teaches English. 

We are excited for what is in store; watch this space!
 .:. Jo & Jasper .:.