Budgeting Five Days In

We’ve been on our world tour for less than a week now, and we’re very quickly learning what’s easier and what’s harder than we expected. Case in point: one of the things we were most curious about is turning out to be one of the hardest to track. Before we started, we were curious how […]

The Family Tour, Part 2: Central PA

We left our apartment, and were living with a friend for a few days while we finished up a few things. The day after our choir’s concert at Lincoln Center, we set off to visit my family in Pennsylvania. The first stop was Harrisburg, to see my Mom. She’s been living there for a few […]

Beer in Southern Pennsylvania and Washington, DC

We’ve spent the last week visiting family in Pennsylvania and seeing friends and family while performing in a choir concert in Washington, DC. We’ll have more on that later, but in the meantime, we wanted to pass along a quick word about beer in the area. Even while visiting friends and family, we made sure […]

Bye, New York City. Hello, world.

On Sunday, May 1, 2016, after almost six wonderful years in New York City, we packed up our rental car and drove away, uncertain if we’ll return as residents. In that time, Charley and I built a home together, settling comfortably into a beautiful newly-constructed apartment in the hot neighborhood of Long Island City, and […]

Almost there! Part 2

It’s been such a busy time since we last wrote. Since getting back from China, I’ve finished work, and we’ve moved all of our worldly possessions out of our apartment. On the work front, I finished my last day at work last Friday April 15. The company was kind enough to throw me a going-away party […]

In Pictures: #eastwedswest

We had the privilege of attending a wedding in China in late-March. You can read more about it here.                                                


On March 26, 2016, we had the privilege to witness something truly unique: the traditional Chinese wedding of two of our closest friends. In advance of the large public reception that evening, we were even privy to the preparation of the bridal party beforehand, and it was really something amazing. We landed in Shanghai on […]

The Family Tour, Part 1: Pittsburgh

In planning our year of travel, we were aware that while we would see so much, there was a lot that we would actually be missing, too. One of those things is our family. Before leaving, we’re trying to visit everyone – to spend some quality family time before we miss them for a year. […]

The Beginning of a Journey: Beijing

“Hetaoyuan Beili” we said repeatedly, pointing at a piece of paper – a printout of an address, written in Chinese, and provided by our Airbnb host. We had just arrived in Beijing, and had opted for a cab to get into the city. The driver spoke no English. He studied the paper for a bit, […]

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