- "The sky overhead, the earth below, the mountains around. I stand in the middle place -- at home." - Dr. Rina Swentzell, Santa Clara PuebloThere's no one with whom I'd rather spend 10 weeks, years, Valentine's Days, decades. Well, technically this is our 11th or 12th Valentine's Day I think. Either way... here's to the beautiful, generous, thoughtful, loving, ever-hungry, ever-sleepy, ever-goofy @themerslater! . . . . #nofilter #shewokeuplikethat #jasiadith #japan #thailand #laos #vietnam #cambodia #angkorwat #tokyo #chiangmai #maehongson #luangprabang #hanoi #siemreap #railayAs 10 weeks of #jasiadith come to a close, it's hard to believe all we've done in just 2 short months. Robot theater, a private onsen, winter, summer, hundreds of meals, some incredible and also questionable street food, dozens of tuk-tuk rides, and one repugnant piece of durian. What a wild ride! Sad that it's coming to an end, but excited to get back to Denver and see what happens next. Let's do it again sometime, @themerslater ! . . . . . #jakedith #durian #japan #thailand #laos #vietnam #cambodia #donteatthestreetfoodincambodia #homewardboundFirst day out of the hotel room in 3 days...at 5am no less...and HACHI MACHI was it worth the push! #punintended #diarrhea #💩 #cambodia #streetfoodproblems #angkorwat #siemreap #jasiadith2009: "How much joy can I squeeze out of life?" . 2019: "How much joy can I squeeze out of life?" . #jasiadith #hoian #rothbury2009 #10yearchallenge #hochiminhcity #thatsamarijuanacigarette #andimonecstasy #bahnmideepthroatHội An, you've immediately stolen my heart. Custom suits and shoes, spicy báhn mỳ, lanterns everywhere. Rice paddies and beaches and beer that costs $0.20. And we've only been here for 4 hours If anyone is reading this, come to Hội An a soon as you possibly can. #jasiadithSweet egg coffee, motorbikes, and eating at tiny streetside tables. What more could one want out of life? It's been swell, Hanoi! #jasiadithOur resolution for 2019 has been more Fun-time and less Fone-time, so I haven't posted in a few days. But had to share this Luang Prabang sunset from the other day (🍺 not pictured). Lao PDR has absolutely blown us away 🇱🇦 On to Vietnam tomorrow! #jasiadithLooks like I spent a lot of time in 2018 in nature and with the people (and animals) that I love. Here's to more of that in 2019. #2018bestnineIs this real life??? 📷 credit: 🐘 #jasiadith #elephantselfieThe beauty in Chiang Mai knows no limits... #jasiadith #takemywife #goldenhourThe sun isn't setting in this picture...it's orange from a thick haze of smog. Bangkok, you crazy, but you sure are purdy. #jasiadithI try not to attach too many expectations to things and experiences. Sometimes I even succeed. Today was one of those times I was unable to help myself. The floating Torii at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island has held a mystique for me ever since we started planning #jasiadith...a sort of spiritual draw that I don't often experience. In person, it exceeded my expectations. It feels like the end of the Earth here. Like the gateway into and out of existence. From a Buddhist perspective, this torii symbolizes everything I have tried to become through years of meditation: welcoming, warm, grounded, peaceful. A rock...reliable and in harmony with natural surroundings. Undisturbed by the ebbs and flows of tide and time. But always changing subtly, fading, and ultimately impermanent.⛩️🌊One of the most interesting things we've been learning about is the importance that Japanese culture places on our relationship with nature. This is especially reflected through their gardening techniques. In this case, an ancient pine is propped up by support poles year round, and long ropes are added in November to ensure the huge branches can bear the weight of the snow throughout the winter (a practice called yukitsuri). #jasiadith #treebondage #treedsm #yukitsuri #kanazawa #kenrokuenThis episode of #jasiadith features squid ink broth with al dente ramen and pork belly. We missed our train from Kanazawa to Kyoto for this and it was 💯 worth it. Special thanks to @dakadigic for the absolutely stellar recommendation. #🦑🍜🐖 #kanazawa #sweetheavenlysodiumbatmanKyoto is magic, and I couldn't pick only one picture from today at Ryōan-ji, Kinkaku-ji, and the Katsura River in Arashiyama. (🍜🍣🍙 🍤🍦 were consumed too voraciously to be photographed) #jasiadith . . . . . . #japan #kyoto #japantravel #travelphotography #ryoanji #kinkakuji #arashiyamaThis is part of the first Zen temple in Kyoto, @spirit_of_kenninji, which was founded 816 years ago. I am speechless. #jasiadithStep 1: Natural volcanic hot spring (onsen) in our room (ryokan) in @hakone.yaeikan . Step 2: Relax (🍶not pictured) . . . . #jasiadith #hakone #japan #japantravelI'm on a goddang volcano and there's sulfur dioxide everywhere. This thing could blow at any second! Still, all I can think about what a badass @piercebrosnanofficial was in Dante's Peak... #jasiadith #hakone9 perfect courses by @zaiyuhasegawa at DEN. I can't say enough about how his and the staff's joy was transferred to their food and diners. What an absolute honor. ありがとうございました! #jasiadith
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