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Danced the nights away into dreamland... first European festival checked off the list and couldn't have asked for better! πŸ’šβ˜„πŸ€˜ #thegerwaiianexperience #airbeatone #eatsleepraverepeat

Bought these adorable custom passport covers at the Chiang Mai night market just in time for our next adventure! 😍✈✌ #thegerwaiianexperience #travel #passport #wanderlust #explore

07.20.17
To simply say that I love this man would be the understatement of the century... 😍
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag mein HonighΓ€schen! May all your wishes come true as you have made mine... πŸŽ‰πŸ˜™β˜„ #thegerwaiianexperience #happybirthday #allesgute #mylove #oldman

02.14.17
wonderful day full of scooter rides, waterfalls, a temple, and topped off with a mouth-watering Japanese dinner and mango ice cream for a belated anniversary/Valentine's Day celebration with my love. 😍

Location: Unkaizan Restaurant, Langkawi, Malaysia

#thegerwaiianexperience #valentinesday #mylove #nomnom #everydayisanadventurewithhim

last week of teaching these little ones... gonna miss them despite how crazy they drive us sometimes... πŸ˜“

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#thegerwaiianexperience #volunteer #teach #malaysia #education

03.31.17
saying a fond farewell to our island home on Langkawi, the Kasbah!
these past 2.5 weeks were the perfect finish to our time in Malaysia - full of delicious food, the nicest people and good vibes all around.
would love to stay longer but adventure is calling, but we'll definitely be back again! πŸŒ…πŸ’š Location: the Kasbah, Cenang, Langkawi
#thegerwaiianexperience #langkawi #malaysia #kasbahlgk #wanderlust

only 10 more days... then to quote Hamilton, "You won't be an ocean away, You will only be a moment away..." 😍

#thegerwaiianexperience #countdown #missingyou #love #themusicinme

being presented paper flowers they made themselves for our final days... gonna miss these girls SO much.
when I first got them I thought it was going to be easiest class since they were the youngest and all girls. boy, was I wrong! they were all woefully behind where their age levels should be, couldn't even write the alphabet correctly let alone read other than the few words that had been previously repeated to them over and over, and were all set in bad habits from years of having different volunteer teachers revolve through their doors every few weeks.
but within a few weeks of endless coaching, flashcards, games, repetition, and LOTS of tears and tantrums, they were soon able to read full beginner books on their own.

as I leave them today, I leave with sadness, but also a great sense of pride in watching how much they've grown in these past 3 months. all of them can now read several books on their own, write their ABCs flawlessly, a few have even gotten to where they should be for math, and my personal highlight- they staged an original play they came up with on their own for my last day!
I really hope that some of what they've learned under my often rigid tutelage will carry over to the next volunteers who get them, but at least I can say without a doubt that I will remember all that they have taught me. to have patience, never give up even when it seems hopeless, cherish every moment, to take the time and fan the flame of potential in each one.

they also taught me that if you really want results and to make a difference you have to be willing to put in the extra time and effort including hand copying assignments several times from a single textbook at nite for tomorrow's lesson or using your lunch time to make their homework so you can give them the one-on one- attention needed in class.
but most importantly I will remember what it was like to experience the joy that is a child's unconditional love that they give freely even when you were really strict with them, when you take the time to invest in them. I can't wait to see what the future holds for these bright young ones! πŸ’š

#thegerwaiianexperience #teach #volunteer #students #lifelessons

12.30.16
after a long day of almost 20 hours on the road we have finally arrived at our new year's destination - helloooooo Thailand! ^_^
Location: Krabi, Thailand
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#travel #thailand #backpackerlife

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Had the best week babysitting the world's cutest kitten. 😻
Already missing the little stinker, can't wait to have one of our own one day.. Thank you Christian, Sabrina, Lia and Leo for letting us watch lil Romeo! πŸ˜™

#thegerwaiianexperience #catsitting #kitty #furbaby #pettherapy #youusedtobemyromeo #helovesgot

07.20.17
To simply say that I love this man would be the understatement of the century... 😍
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag mein HonighΓ€schen! May all your wishes come true as you have made mine... πŸŽ‰πŸ˜™β˜„ #thegerwaiianexperience #happybirthday #allesgute #mylove #oldman

Danced the nights away into dreamland... first European festival checked off the list and couldn't have asked for better! πŸ’šβ˜„πŸ€˜ #thegerwaiianexperience #airbeatone #eatsleepraverepeat

Oh the things we do for love... πŸ’šπŸ˜₯πŸ“š #thegerwaiianexperience #study #learn #German #language #screwyouÀâü #whocameupwithderdiedas

Spidey and Deadpool got a new (time) travel buddy, thank you Michi! πŸ˜„

#thegerwaiianexperience #nerdlove #collectibles #popvinyl #travelfamily #spidey #deadpool #doctorwho #togetherforeverthroughtimeandspace

Spent a beautiful afternoon sightseeing and breaking my diet plans yet again! 😝

#thegerwaiianexperience #nomnom #Germany #sightseeing #butitssogood #castle #church

Got to explore my first German castle today! πŸ˜€πŸ° #thegerwaiianexperience #travel #explore #Germany #castle #Europe

Learning how to cook authentic Thai cuisine from our host so we can make it wherever we go! 😁🍴 #thegerwaiianexperience #nomnom #inthekitchen #thaicuisine #homecooking #authentic #cookinglessons #thailand #chiangmai #cultureexchange #penangcurry

Bought these adorable custom passport covers at the Chiang Mai night market just in time for our next adventure! 😍✈✌ #thegerwaiianexperience #travel #passport #wanderlust #explore

Bought these adorable custom passport covers at the Chiang Mai night market just in time for our next adventure! 😍✈✌ #thegerwaiianexperience #travel #passport #wanderlust #explore

nothing makes me happier than exploring the world with the love of my life... πŸ˜πŸ’š #thegerwaiianexperience #travel #wanderlust #thailand #chiangmai #doisuthep #temple #gold #explore

spent our last days in Pai checking out the sites and having an awesome reunion with this crazy guy after 2.5 years!! DC->LA->THA πŸ˜„πŸŒ„ #thegerwaiianexperience #pai #thailand #canyon #reunion #travel #wanderlust

hiked up in time to catch the beautiful sunset at the White Buddha! πŸŒ„πŸ™πŸ’š #thegerwaiianexperience #thailand #pai #sunset #travel #wanderlust #whitebuddha

after 30 wonderful days with these dogs it was finally time to say farewell. as sad as I am to say goodbye to our fur babies, I will never forget them and treasure every moment we spent together. I hope many of them find the homes they deserve and can't wait til we finally get one of our own! πŸ˜πŸ’šπŸΆ #thegerwaiianexperience #puppylove #furbaby #dogsofinsta #shelter #volunteer #helpfordogsthailand

Darth Vader theme song + puppy = uncontainable cuteness. love these two so much. 😍😍😍😍😍 #thegerwaiianexperience #darthvader #starwars #themesong #mylove #toocute #furbaby #sithshavemorefun

somebody was happy to see us when we came back from being out all morning extending our visas! πŸ˜…πŸΆπŸ˜ #thegerwaiianexperience #puppylove #dogsofinsta #happy #instadog #furbaby #bellyrubplease #sillytiggy

I've been feeling strange and a bit detached from the other dogs these past few days since Donna's passing and I realized it's because I'm afraid of getting too attached to them and losing another one. but then they all follow me around the house and crowd around for cuddles and scratches and my heart melts.
I had to realize and accept that loss and hurt is just a part of life and we can't let it stop us from loving again. besides, who could ever resist these sweet furry faces? I will miss them all greatly in a week's time but will treasure the moments we have left. πŸ’šπŸΆ #thegerwaiianexperience #puppylove #dogsofinsta #furbaby #instadog #shelter #volunteer #helpfordogsthailand #tisbettertohavelovedandlost

Dog of the Day #15:
last but certainly not least is my girl TIGI! this bundle of energy is just looking for love all the time. she has beautiful stripes on her back much like a tiger where she gets her name from and was found abandoned at a temple as a puppy. she has an excitable but sweet disposition and loves nothing more than getting some affection. she is very active and can go out without a leash for walks, and really enjoys rolling on her back in the grass, or on the carpet, or anywhere really, lol. sometimes she can be a bit of a handful as she likes to be the center of attention which is hard with 14 other dogs to love too, but we hope to find her a family soon that will give her all the cuddles and belly rubs she could ask for! πŸ―πŸ’™πŸ˜™ #thegerwaiianexperience #puppylove #dogsofinsta #saveapup #dogselfie #shelter #helpfordogsthailand

Dog of the Day #14:
this smiling fluffball is TIEM (pronounced Team) my silly lion. he is very friendly and always has a tail wag for you. he is suffering from mange on his rump and needs some blood supplement pills but he takes all this in stride and stays happy. he makes an excellent guard dog because he always barks whenever a new car or person is near the house but is never aggressive. he loves hugs and going for walks with his friends. who wants to take this adorable big guy home? πŸ˜„πŸ’“πŸΎ #thegerwaiianexperience #puppylove #dogsofinsta #saveapup #furbaby #shelter #helpfordogsthailand

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