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Mike: Book Club (2014 Edition)

I do like reading. I really do. On our last trip, I only read 21.5 books because I often played dumb games on our netbook instead of reading. One thing that we brought this trip that we did not have last time was an iPad. Swap out netbook games for iPad games, and that’s the reason why I didn’t read a ton on this trip.

We stopped at thrift stores before our trip and overpaid for old John Grisham paperbacks (Hanna’s favorites). Otherwise we traded some books at hostels along the way, downloaded some classics for free on the iPad, bought more cheap paperbacks in Bangkok, or borrowed books from the condo in Maui.

Here’s the final list:

1) THE PARTNER by john grisham
2) ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by lewis carroll (e-book)
3) THE BROKER by john grisham
4) RISING SUN by michael crichton
5) THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS by lewis carroll (e-book)
6) THE FIRM by john grisham
7) THE HUNGER GAMES by suzanne collins
8 ) BOOKY WOOK 2 by russell brand
9) CATCHING FIRE by suzanne collins
10) THE TESTAMENT by john grisham
11) THE THIRTEENTH TALE by diane setterfield

Some notes:

  • I actually did not love the two Lewis Carroll books. Alice is meh.
  • I liked The Hunger Games books (and movies) more than I expected. Must be the Survivor fan in me… I have the third book but still haven’t finished it. Guess I don’t truly care about the finale.
  • Since I read Russell Brand’s first book on our first trip, I figured I had to read the second one when I stumbled across it.
  • I am impressed with myself that I read about half of the number of books from last trip in about a fourth of the time. My prize please?

Book Igloo.


Same/Different: Packing

We are in Bangkok right now and still need to finish writing about Hong Kong (including our trip to Disneyland). We are tired from eating too many peanut butter pancakes and getting too many hourlong massages. Our wrap-up will come in time, friends. Instead you get a look into how we packed differently this time around. (We will wait as you click up top to see the contents of our backpack.)

On our last trip, we focused on buying clothes that packed up small and would dry quickly. The majority of our clothes were more expensive travel clothes (i.e. quick-dry, moisture-wicking, etc.). We both had a few cheap items from Old Navy’s activewear line and found that these were surprisingly more comfortable and dried faster than the pricier travel clothes. We both didn’t wear some of the clothes we brought along last time, so we knew this time to scour the Old Navy clearance racks. Mike bought a few super cheap t-shirts and shorts for this trip, while Hanna is using a lot of what she had on the last trip and is supplementing with clothes she already owned. We decided to bring more regular items (jeans and Converses for Mike, cotton t-shirts and jammie pants for Hanna) this time as we won’t be traveling for a year. Don’t worry…Hanna’s beloved pink and navy blue tank top is back with us. We can’t believe that thing has held up so well after so many days of stink wear.

We were so happy with our backpacks last trip, and we continue to use them whenever we travel anywhere. No rolling suitcases for us. We still pack our clothes into travel cubes because they really do help save room and keep us organized. We have cut out a lot of the miscellaneous items (book light, universal sink plug, bulky headphones, random medications, and other stuff). Anything we would need can be bought on the road, so we didn’t need to pack as much this time. Mike is thrilled that he has his iPad so he has something to do while Hanna takes her seven-hour naps. Books are for nerds.

Both of our backpacks are about three-quarters full, so we definitely have more wiggle room than last time. While we were eating our late breakfast at an outside restaurant here in Bangkok today, we laughed at the backpackers carrying massive backpacks or suitcases. You don’t need that much stuff…really.