Japan

Konnichiwa! This weekend finds us globetrotting in Japan. In the interest of transparency, I’ll admit upfront that Derek and I both have a longtime interest in Japanese culture. Finding items in our apartment that are either Japanese in origin, about Japanese culture, or inspired by Japan for a cover photo was easy—we may have even…

Recap: The G’s, H’s and I’s

(Note: since we included our detours to Germany and Greece in our last recap, we’ll leave them out of the discussion here. Iceland, another detour, was covered in an earlier recap.) Favorite home-cooked meal: Jess: My choice happens to be two of the most time-intensive dishes I made, the Georgian khachapuri and the Guatemalan tamales. Would I make…

Italy

Benvenuto in Italia! Welcome to Italy! In my introduction to our Irish globetrot, I had talked about how some aspects of Irish culture, particularly St. Patrick’s Day, have seeped into American culture. I think Italy is similar, especially with regards to Italian or Italian-inspired cuisine in the United States–at this point, most Americans probably don’t…

Ireland

Dia dhuit! Hello from the Emerald Isle, aka Ireland. Having lived in Boston, we’re familiar with American interpretations of Irish culture, especially around St. Patrick’s Day: corned beef and cabbage, beer, and shamrocks galore. There’s that saying that everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day–I’m most definitely not Irish most days of the year, though Derek…

Iran

Salam! This weekend finds us globetrotting in Iran. As Americans, the chances of us actually going to Iran someday are slim. Currently, U.S. citizens cannot travel in Iran independently, and are only permitted to travel on tours, following guided itineraries. (This is also true in at least one other country we’ve globetrotted to so far,…

India

(Looking for Iceland? You can read our 2015 detour here.) Namaste! After China, India is the second most populous country in the world. Like China, India is an amalgamation of diverse cultures, which will make covering the country in a single blog post challenging. I think we did okay in our globetrot to China, but…

Honduras

We went back to the Americas this weekend for our next country, Honduras. This Central American country is neighbors with two other countries we’ve already visited, El Salvador and Guatemala, and also shares a border with one additional country, Nicaragua. Unfortunately, Honduras is notorious for having one of the highest homicide rates in the world….

Haiti

Haiti, our next country, has gotten a lot of mention in the U.S. news lately. The President has made derogatory remarks about the Caribbean nation. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently decided to end Temporary Protected Status for thousands of Haitian immigrants who have legally been in the U.S. since a devastating earthquake struck…

Guinea-Bissau

Bon día! This weekend found us in Guinea-Bissau, which happens to be the northwestern neighbor of our previous globetrotting destination, Guinea. While Guinea is a former French colony, Guinea-Bissau once belonged to the Portuguese. As colonies, Guinea was called French Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau Portuguese Guinea. The number one export of Guinea-Bissau is the cashew:

Guatemala

Muchá! Hey, everyone! This weekend finds us in the Central American country of Guatemala, Mexico’s southern neighbor. The country also shares borders with two countries we’ve already globetrotted to, Belize and El Salvador, plus a country we’ll likely get to before too long, Honduras. Like in Belize, the Maya civilization once flourished in Guatemala, and there…