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A Change in Travel Tradition: Our 5th Wedding Anniversary

Kyle and I have had a wedding Anniversary tradition to celebrate every year in a new place, that is until this year. Our long time readers, might remembers a lot of these anniversary celebrations as we hopped our way around the world. (Honk if you're an exploration junkie too!)

And since it all hinges, on getting hitched, here's a wedding photo from September 2, 2007.
We're married!!!

Our Honeymoon mountain biking in Whistler
Our honeymoon mountain biking in Whistler, B.C., Canada

1st Anniversary: Nicaragua, 2008

The tradition started with our 1st Anniversary in Granada, Nicaragua where despite Kyle's intense allergy to horses, he indulged me in an old-fashioned horse carriage ride.
carriage ride stopping in front of William Walker's house in Granada, Nicaragua
1st Anniversary carriage ride through Granada, Nicaragua

posing with our horse and carriage in Granada, Nicaragua
8 months into our trip in 2008 - We looked so young!

2nd Anniversary: Korea 2009
Korean fall was in full color by the time we celebrated our slightly belated anniversary in the chiseled mountainscapes of Seoraksan National Park in northeastern South Korea. It was by far one of the most beautiful places & hikes we experienced in Korea!

Which way from here? Seoraksan National Park, South Korea - colorful leaves
Colorful leaves leading to our hike.

B & K at Seoraksan National Park, Seoraksan, Korea
Bessie & Kyle at a Peak in Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
True to Korean style, we're wearing orange couples polos underneath. :)

3rd Anniversary: Thailand, 2010
Our 3rd Anniversary we spent in the beautiful rice fields & caves of Chiang Dao, but the real love story here is Kyle's tale of me nursing him back to health after his scary bout of dengue fever. 

Samnak Song Tham Pha Plong, Buddhist Monk Monastery, Chiang Dao, Thailand
A quiet hike up a mountain takes you to the beautiful Samnak Song Tham Pha Plong, Buddhist Monk Monastery.

Kyle on mountain roads outside of Chiang Dao, Thailand
Kyle post-dengue fever with the rice fields & mountains of Chiang Dao

Bessie & Kyle at Malee's Nature Lovers Bungalows
Anniversary hammock love (not in a creepy way) at Malee's Nature Lovers Resort in Chiang Dao

4th Anniversary: Myanmar, 2011
For our 4th anniversary we were ready for a work break & headed through rain clouds to the beautiful Kyaiktiyo pagoda, the golden pagoda balancing on Buddha's hair on a mountain cliff in Mon State. We stayed in a mountain top lodge hoping for a sunrise view, and we were rewarded with wonderful sunshine through the clouds!

Monk & friends Visiting the Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar

A monk and friends pray at Kyaiktiyo, golden rock pagoda.
Bessie & Kyle Visiting the Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar
Kyle wearing longyi & me in a towel (forgot my tamain!)

5th Anniversary: USA, 2012
After that journey, did we top it off with some exotic site for our 5th anniversary? In some ways - yes! We spent it somewhere totally unique, where we'd never celebrated before - at home in Chicago. We had a few urges to fly or drive a car somewhere we'd never been (Detroit is romantic, no?), but in the end, no where felt better to us than being home.

5th Aniversary bike ride Chicago
Beautiful, Sweet Home Chicago.

Looking through our wedding album
We cuddled up looking through our newly unpacked wedding album.

5th Aniversary bike ride Chicago
We biked to the place we met, Griffin's Public House which was next to the fire station at Halsted & Diversey.

5th Aniversary bike ride Chicago, Wiener Circle
We biked to where we first kissed - at the Wiener Circle on Clark Ave. (We're that classy.)

5th Aniversary bike ride Chicago
And we rode our bikes to the place we took our wedding photos (Compare to our 1st photo!)

celebrating our 5th anniversary in Andersonville
Last stop - our neighborhood Dala Horse. Andersonville is full of Swedish charm.

A somewhat foreign sentiment floated in the air  -- "doesn't being home feel great?" And it does. We're finding adventure in our great city.

Our night came to en end in true backpacker style, we sat on a street corner 2 blocks from home, next to the dala house, drinking champagne and eating strawberries and chocolate. (Insert laugh track.)  Because even though we're home, we're travelers to our core. And we've started an exciting, new chapter together.

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