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Southeast Asian Adventure Part 2: Luang Prabang

Friday, April 1st, 2011

After our introductory sojourn in Bangkok, our Asia trip continued to the mellow Laotian town of Luang Prabang. I didn’t know much about this place before arriving, which made my enjoyment of Luang Prabang even greater. There’s seemingly little “to do” in Luang Prabang, but surprisingly that suited me just fine. Situated along the Mekong [...]

Southeast Asian Adventure Part 1: Bangkok

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Our three week adventure to southeast Asia (Thailand and Laos) is underway and so far we’re doing pretty well. We’ve now checked off Bangkok and checked into the Apsara in the welcomely chill town of Luang Prabang, set along the Mekong River in central Laos. Sunday / Monday: The 24-Hour Crossing Our trip started on [...]

Alaska Trip So Far

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Since my track record for posting timely, detailed, and pictorial blog posts on trips is at best 25% (I still have aspirations of blogging about our African honeymoon 2.5 years ago…), I figured it would be best to write a short and sweet update for the Alaska trip so far. This trip originated last year [...]

Valerio Snowboard Trip to Seattle!

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

A few weeks ago, some members of the Valerio clan (my mom’s side of the family) adventured out to the west coast for a family snowboarding trip. The weather and riding conditions were on the very damp side of the stereotypical Seattle mountain climate (i.e. it was raining a good bit of the time), but [...]

Open Water Scuba Diving

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Today, I completed my Open Water Scuba Diving Certification! This was something I had been meaning to cross off my todo list for a few years. I first got the idea during our honeymoon in Tanzania. Zanzibar (an island off the eastern coast of Tanzania, in the Indian Ocean) is reputed to be an awesome [...]

New Commuter Bike

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

As the autumn weather turns a little cooler, the daylight draws a little shorter, and the roads are a little wetter, bike commuting gradually becomes more of a challenge. Wanting to stay in good shape through ski season, even if it was only biking to work once or twice a week, meant that I’d either [...]

2010 Lib Tech Downtown Throwdown

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

I have a goal of catching up on my large backlog of photo processing this weekend, and adding 355 new ones isn’t the best way to achive it. But I’ll at least try to set a 2010 personal best and turn around this set in less than twenty-four hours. It’s a little unusual to waltz [...]

Fall Trip to Vermont

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

A few weeks ago, we made a hit and run trip to Vermont for our friends’ Lindsay and Matt’s wedding near Middlebury. As Meagan joked, we spent nearly as much time traveling as we did in Vermont, but it was a ton of fun catching up with Meagan’s Middlebury crew and soaking in a bit [...]

2010 Gran Fondo Whistler

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Early this month, I rode about 75 miles, often uphill, from Vancouver to Whistler in the inaugural Gran Fondo Whistler ride. Matt and Rob already covered a lot about the ride in their blog posts (below), so I’ll keep this (relatively) short. In sum: fun ride, very well-organized, challenging, but not as difficult as I [...]

Accidental Dining at Elemental

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

This summer, I had one of my more memorable dining experiences. Accidentally. The evening started with me ditching work early to head to yoga. After getting my Namaste on and sweating up a storm, I left Shakti and commenced my hunt for dinner. Meagan originally had plans to meet up with some folks from school, [...]

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