Casey Lary

Casey Lary

Casey Lary

Hello everyone and welcome to my travel blog! Travel is my passion in life and I try to do it as much as I possibly can. I was once asked why I enjoy traveling. I quickly replied traveling is where your dreams are made, where dreams become reality, and where one explores and witnesses what life is all about. This blog started as a way to record my travels while teaching in Japan, and well, I kinda started liking to do it so will continue along my travels.

Read on to see what adventures have unfolded thus far mainly in Asia, from amazing and interesting foods, friends, couchsurfing, lots and lots of beer, temples, boys, bowing, terrorizing Japanese people, embracing differences, falling in love, laughs, ridiculousness, inspiration, chaos, same same bud different cultures, countless modes of transportation, missed airplanes, trying out new languages, bizarre animals, lots and lots of mountains, visitors, teaching, learning....and somewhere in the midst of it all, life.

July 2005 - July 2007: Teaching English in Hiroshima Japan with trips to Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Boston, Hawaii, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, and Indonesia.

August 2007 - December 2007: Embarking on my dream trip through Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, China, Nepal, India, London and home to SF.

March 2012-April 2012: I'm participating in the Rickshaw Run! This is a 2000 mile race across India in an auto-rickshaw. It's going to CRAZY!




We are taking off for India tomorrow! It’s hard to believe that this day is finally here. This trip would not be possible without all the amazing support and donations we’ve received from our friends, families, and sponsors. We can’t thank you enough for your generous contributions. In this post I want to share a bit about the cause we are raising money for, how we raised our money, and shout outs to everyone that contributed. Donations Frank Water In addition to a crazy adventure across India, we have been fundraising for Frank Water (www.frankwater.com), a nonprofit that is funding clean water initiatives across India. Since 2005, Frank Water has funded over 70 clean water projects throughout the developing country. Our goal was to raise $2000, and we are now hovering around $3000! Last month we ... read more
Bar Night at Tonic
Sponsor #1: Modus Engineering
Sponsor #2: Riviera Partners


I’m two weeks away from embarking on The Adventurist’s Spring 2012 Rickshaw Run and it’s starting to sink in that this trip is actually going to happen. My team, “We Brake for Gandhi,” is actually going to race an auto-rickshaw 2000 miles across India from Cochin to Shillong. There are times that I’m super excited about this trip and think it will be the adventure of a lifetime. Other times I question if I’m just bat-shit crazy. Regardless of the truth, India here I come! Before I leave on this crazy trip I thought I’d take some time to explain a bit more about the Rickshaw Run, how I got involved and introduce my amazing teammates. I’ve been asked so many questions about this race. It’s great to know so many people are interested and supportive ... read more
Team We Brake for Gandhi!
This looks Fun
Indian Rickshaw

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang September 6th 2007

It was awesome to be back in Luang Prabang. It’s such a charming city and magical with the monks and temples all over the place. I was happy to be here again and found a little guest house right on the main street with the cutest owners. I still had a few days until I had to be at the Gibbon Experience and this was the perfect place to chill out. I spent some good time on the computer, got my nails painted, met up with an amazing Dutch guy for dinner, ran into my Israelis Azi and Noa for a third time, did some shopping, visited the crazy sandwich lady everyday, and even managed to ride an elephant in the water. I really wanted to ride an elephant in the water and take a bath ... read more
Luang Prabang Market
Happy Time on the Elephant
21st Century Monk

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng September 4th 2007

I decided to treat myself to a bit more of fun and head back with Nilam, Hazel, and Beverly BACK to Vang Vieng. I know most travelers our there reading this are scolding me for returning to Spring Break instead of venturing further afield in Laos. Trust me, as you read on you will see that I had my fair share of getting out and immersing myself in the culture as I head further north into Laos and up into China. I met some great people that I couldn’t pass up a few more fun days with them. They almost convinced me to travel further south with them instead on up into China. The 4 of us piled into the rickety old bus and in 7 hours I found myself grinning as the bus pulled into ... read more
Tube Time
River Shot
Tube Time

Asia » Laos » East » Phonsavan September 3rd 2007

It was time to make a move from LaLa Land so I woke up and boarded the bus bound for Phonsavan. Spring Break was over. Phonsavan is famous for its mysterious Plain of Jars, and infamous for being the most heavily bombed region of the world. It was going to be a very educational experience. All Aboard (literally) One of the best parts of traveling is experiencing all the different modes of transportation. I would have to classify my Laos bus trips as the most interesting so far. Anything and anyone is allowed on a bus in Laos, as long as it can fit through the door or on the roof. When the bus pulled up in VV, it had all sorts of packages, cages of chickens, and most impressive was a motorcycle…all on the roof. ... read more
Plain of Jars
Attack of the School Kids!
All Aboard!

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng August 28th 2007

I heard so many stories about Vang Vieng (VV) before I got there that I felt like I almost didn’t need to go. What used to be a very quiet, peaceful, and empty village nestled next to the Tam So River with amazing Karst Cliffs abounding in the distance as a stopover between Luang Prabang and Vientiane, has turned into a backpacker haven that Laos people despise. You get travelers who step off the bus, take a look around and get on the next one headed anywhere out of there, or those travelers that get stuck here and never want to leave. I fell into the latter of the two. Yes, its not cultural, yes it is a lot of foreigners, yes there are Friends cafes everywhere, but hey…the tubing, outdoor activities, company, happy pizza, and ... read more
Nam Som River, Vang Vieng
Busy Streets?
Famous Flying Foxes

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang August 25th 2007

Dad: “So Casey, what exactly are you going to do or see in Laos?” Casey “Well, actually, I don’t really know. Everyone just keeps telling me how much I am going to like it.” This perfectly describes my time in Laos. I admit I was a bit scattered and unplanned at this stage of my trip. I did a lot of backtracking and missed some real gems of the country, but overall that didn’t bother me. You always have to leave something to come back to anyway. So what was I going to do in Laos? The beauty of Laos is that there isn’t much there and there isn’t too much “touristy” stuff to do, although tourism is encroaching quicker than the country can handle. Due to its very sad history and very controlling government, Laos ... read more
Laos Wat
Monk on a Stroll
Kouang Si Waterfalls

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi August 22nd 2007

This is just a short entry to share my unforgettable experience at the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi. It reminded me how much I hate dealing with government sectors no matter which country I am in. This was also the one time I was not my savvy well-behaved traveler and instead became the loud American that I often try to hide. I am sure that other travelers have great consulate stories that could top mine. Always the least-fun parts of trips, yet this one was definitely one of my most memorable. Author's Note I'm getting a lot of mean comments on this post. I have nothing but great things to say about Vietnam and love the country. This is just a very candid experience of what happened. If you took the time to read my other posts ... read more
Hanoi Market
Hanoi Market
Meat Market

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Lao Cai » Sapa August 19th 2007

My overnight train arrived in Lao Cai at 5am and I was immediately bombarded by touts wanting to drive me the 1 ½ hours to Sapa. Trying to deal with touts in daylight is annoying enough. Now that I was doing this in the dark and half asleep, I was far from a happy camper. I teamed up with Ildy, a Hungarian girl that I met exiting the train. Together we randomly chose a tout offering a decent price from the herd surrounding us in the parking lot. Ildy and I piled into the back of the van with other tired and disoriented passengers. I laid my head against the window and fell fast asleep for the next 45 minutes. I groggily looked out the window as the sunshine woke me up and immediately became stunned ... read more
Me and Ly
Dao Woman
Sapa!

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Quang Ninh » Halong Bay August 16th 2007

Halong Bay is majestic and a definite must-see when coming to northern Vietnam. While cruising through the bay you are surrounded by nearly 2,000 limestone islands rising out of the sea. I was told it is one of only three locations where this phenomenon takes place (the others Phang Nga Bay in Thailand, and somewhere in China), but Halong Bay is the gem of the three, boasting the most impressive views. The pictures of this natural phenomenon are always the first ones you notice when you skim through travel books on Vietnam. You know, the ones with the beautiful wooden Chinese junks with a backdrop of limestone outcrops protruding out of the China Sea. Then you read where it’s taken and it’s the first section of the book you read. Believe it or not, I was ... read more
All Aboard!
Living the Good Life
Which one is Mine?




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