The King of Soups

  I am a soup lover. Bean soup, meat soup, potato soup, noodle soup, clear soup, vegetable soup, creamy soup, bread soup, rice soup, shrimp soup – I could go all Bubba from Forrest Gump on soup for hours.  Except gazpacho.  I … Read More

Top 10 Tips for Travel Photography

It was the fall of 2012, and I was happily planning my first trip with mom, just us two, to Istanbul. Cheap flight with free exit row upgrade?  Check (thank you, MileagePlus status!).  Cool little flat in the old part … Read More

Weekend Getaway: Washington, DC

At some point, we’ve all been asked for advice on visiting our hometowns, from providing tips for acquaintances and colleagues to playing full-on tour guide and host for visiting family and friends.  And, odds are you’ve asked people in your circle … Read More

Our Best Travel Advice

Hi fellow adventurers!  Remember us, H.J. and Courtney, long lost travelers of Wanderrlust? Sorry for the radio silence on the blog – I promise we are still alive and have survived the current “security situation” in Thailand (which, for the … Read More

Announcing Wanderrlust 2.0

Lots of changes afoot in these parts – namely, we are moving on from the motorcycle portion of our journey. From Saigon to Hanoi … from the mountains of Hà Giang, Vietnam, to the 4,000 islands of southern Laos … the … Read More

Reborn in Luang Prabang

It’s been a helluva ride, literally and figuratively, these past couple weeks. As you may have read, we’ve had laptop issues, which are still unresolved (our second attempt to fix my broken screen ended when the repair guy decided to … Read More

When Gadgets Go Wrong in Vietnam

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We are just a week away from the four-month mark in Vietnam.  Half of me wonders where the time went, and the other half feels like we’ve been in Vietnam forever. While I’m not sure one ever feels settled into … Read More

The “Ancient” Imperial City of Huế

This is how I referred to Huế, until I found out that it was the imperial capital of Vietnam during the not-so-ancient Nguyễn dynasty (1802-1945 CE).  Oops.  Never hire me as a tour guide.* You might forgive my ignorance if you’ve seen … Read More

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