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Ruby developer, entrepreneur, hobbyist

Oh the places you’ll go…

Friends, family, and random internet strangers:
We are going to travel around around the world for awhile. (142 days, or four months and 20 days…but whose counting?) We will travel primarily through Asia and Africa because adding continents gets expensive and there is plenty to see in those places to keep us busy.  We are pretty excited about the whole thing.
We’ve got our bags and some gear (quick dry underwear, bug proof sweatshirts, and the like). We are working on collecting the necessary visas and establishing sufficient immunity. This blog is where you can follow some of our adventures.  Expect lots of photos, and possibly some tips for future travelers, as we learned a lot reading the blogs of those who have traveled before us. (See side bar for links.)
Dan Demonstrating the hopefully never needed double pack feature


Where in the world will we go?
One of the most surprising things about planning this trip so far is that nearly five months is not enough time to see the whole world, or even all of the places you really want to see. We tried to be selective and give ourselves some time to wonder in at least a few places. We’ve also hit up good friends in locations throughout our journey whose willingness to put us up and show us around has done a lot to encourage our trip and remind us just how awesome people are.  The current draft of our itinerary is below.
Dates Location
Mid-August Leave DC travel to Springfield, OKC, Denver
8/21/2014 Flight to Tokyo
Late August Flight to Seoul
Early September Flight to Beijing
A Few Days Later Flight to Hong Kong
Mid September Flight to Vietnam, travel Vietnam and Cambodia
Mid October Flight to Kuala Lumpur
Late October Flight to Bangkok
Early November Flight to Nairobi
November Travel Overland through Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania
Early December Flight to Accra from Dar es Salaam
Just before the Holidays Flight to Jo-burg, travel to Capetown
Early January 2015 Flight from Jo-burg to Denver
I also want to visit country X, can we meet up?
Yes, that would be awesome! If you are planning to visit anywhere or want to visit anywhere and can make times overlap we would love to meet up and travel a bit together. Get in touch.
What about work?
After our journey ends we will be returning to Colorado after over 5 years in DC. Dan will be returning to LivingSocial, out of the Colorado office, when we get back. Erin will be looking for some awesome health policy, budget analysis,  program management or implementation work to do in Colorado when we get back, so if you are looking for a dedicated health analyst, get in touch.
But I live in X, and you didn’t reach out to me, and I’d love to host you!
Absolute apologies, we cannot believe we didn’t reach out. We’d love to see you and have you show us around X. Please shoot us an email regarding our oversight.
Will you send me a post card?
Yes! If you want a post card just shoot us an email with your address and we can mail one. If you want it from a specific country, or something, let us know.


We are Back and We are Married!

We have the certificate and everything. We had so much fun at the wedding. We were honored to have so many of our family and friends make it out for the big day and we are particularly grateful to everyone who traveled partway across the country to be there. We cannot possibly say thank you enough.

Yes, it was amazing, and yes we had a blast, and yes, it passed in the blink of an eye. We spent days during our wonderful, relaxing honeymoon in Aruba just trying to remember all of the greatest moments, which brings us to the topic of this post — we want your pictures!!

We don’t yet have all the official wedding photos (though you can bet that we will post a link to them as soon as we have them), but we would love to get any photos from the event that you might have. If you brought a camera and got a bunch of pictures, we would love to see them. Even if you just snapped one or two on your Iphone, Android, (or even your Blackberry) during the night — we would love to see those as well.

Here is how to share your photos from the wedding with us:

  • (Preferred method, easiest and best quality images) Google’s Picasa. If you have Picasa on your computer just collect all the wedding photo’s into a album and click: Tools -> Upload -> Upload to Picasa Web Albums –OR– Sync to Web. Choose the highest quality or original picture quality if you can. Then just share the album to us or email us the URL of the album. Note: Now when you try to share images in Picasa, it now sends people the Google+ web album — this is fine. If we have the album ID on Google+ we can use the download to Picasa feature to pull your images down to our collection.
  • (Second best method, still great quality images) Flickr. Use whatever your preferred method is to upload images to flickr and pull all the wedding related photo’s in a flickr set. Send us a link to your flickr profile or the photo set URL. I can then use a tool to download all of your wedding photos to our collection.
  • Facebook. Upload all your images to a facebook album. The image quality of facebook albums is pretty poor, so if you can use another method, that would be awesome. After uploading the album to facebook, just send us a link to the album or let us know and we can use a tool to download the whole album to our collection.

Hate all of those options? The social web makes you sad? Go traditional.

  • Email the photos to Erin or Dan, all you need to do is send a email and attach the images. Note that most email systems only let you send 10MB or so per email, which is likely only 3-5 high quality photos these days. (This might be the easiest method for people who just have a few photos on their phone.)
  • Use our web uploader. Visit our uploader and send the files our way. Just select a file using ‘Choose File’ then upload it by clicking ‘Upload File’.
  • You can use it to upload single image files one at a time, or to upload a zip file. (Instructions for making a zip file in Windows are here, for a Mac, just right click on the folder containing the pictures you want to send and select “Compress to File.”)

As we receive all the awesome images from you all, we will add them to our wedding photo album, which we will be sharing online. If, for some reason, you don’t want your picture to appear on a gallery on this site, just let us know when you send us the picture and we won’t share it online.

Since we are still waiting for our wedding photos, feel free to check out some of the other galleries:

You can view the photos from the slideshow that was running in the electronic frames at our wedding by clicking on the picture below.


And our photo booth pictures are also online!

Weddings, I love weddings!

We’ve made all sorts of updates to the site recently — there is transportation information on the lodging & transportation page and we have added some details to our schedule page.

I am sure we will be making frequent updates in the coming weeks, so please check the site from time to time.

You can RSVP to all of the pre-wedding events on the RSVP page. If you RSVP’ed via snail mail, we marked you as attending the ceremony and reception and by default marked you as not attending any of our other events. If you plan to attend any pre-wedding activities, please let us know so that we can plan accordingly and supply adequate food and beverage. Please update your RSVP for all of the pre-wedding activities by the end of the week (Saturday June 30th). If you have any trouble with the website, feel free to just email me to respond.

What Erin and I have been thinking all week. As, Captain Jack Sparrow says, “A wedding, I love weddings!”