Guilin is easily one of the most beautiful areas of China. The Li River that runs through the region is lined with stunning Karst Mountains as far as the eye can see. These mountains are what you will find on the Chinese 20rmb bank note. During our Chinese Golden Week holiday we traveled down South to experience this magical land we had heard about and it did not disappoint. We took the typical touristy Li River cruise but got off half way down the river in the small town of Xing Ping. In addition to being located in the middle of some amazing hiking trails, the city is most known for their Cormorant Fishers. Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorant birds to fish in rivers. This method of fishing is a dying art and Xing Ping is still home to some of the few fishers that practice these methods. We were lucky enough to hear of a "secret" hike from our hostel host. We had to take our scooter on a boat across the river and find our way to the starting point based on his directions and a few landmarks he had given us. Finally after an hour of searching we stumbled upon what we believed was the trail head at the back of a farmers field. This hike is one of our favourites we have ever done. It felt so private and removed from the hustle and bustle of China with views that we couldn't even imagine. If you come to China, you need to visit Guilin! Enjoy!

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Song #1: Sam Feldt - Start Again

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In May of 2018 we had the chance to travel to Myanmar, a country that has intrigued us for a very long time. The minute we stepped inside the country we could feel it was such a special and unique place. The people of Myanmar are so welcoming, warm-hearted and loving. We were greeted with open arms wherever we went and truly cherished every interaction with the local people. The ancient city of Inwa (founded in 1365) used to be the capital city of Myanmar, but was hit by a massive earthquake in 1842 which damaged many of the buildings. Touring through this area we saw the remnants of what remained. Some buildings were still in great shape and still bring many local tourists. We continued our journey out to the magical town of Bagan. This area of Myanmar is lined with thousands of temples as far as the eyes can see and feels untouched by tourism. It truly is one of our favourite places on earth that we have visited. Visiting this small town felt like stepping back in time. Driving our scooters through the weaving red sand roads with no one around was a feeling that is truly indescribable. Myanmar holds a very special place in our hearts and we strongly encourage everyone to visit if possible!

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Song #1: Imagine Dragons - Thunder

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February 6th, 2019 was already planned to be a special day as we were climbing our first ever volcano (Mount Bromo, Indonesia). However, little did Alison know, the day would turn out to be incredibly special for another reason. While walking atop the crater rim, hearing the deep rumble down below and stunning 360 landscape views, I got down on one knee and asked the love of my life to marry me. She was so shocked and couldn't believe it was really happening. After some tears of joy, a big "YES", and some kisses, Alison quickly said she needed to get off the volcano as she couldn't process both of these things happening at the same time. We feel so lucky to have found each other in this adventure called life and there is no one else we'd rather be beside. Thanks to our friends Jenny and Stu for capturing the moment and helping make this all happen!

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Song #1: The Chainsmokers ft. Charlee - Inside Out (ARMNHMR Remix)

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