Rachel Hull & Michael Feferman

Rachel & Michael

January 3, 2009

Rachel Hull & Michael Feferman

Rachel & Michael

January 3, 2009

Greetings family, loved ones, dear friends and those financially-secured acquaintances who are easily separated from their cash,

First of all, thank you so much for celebrating this tremendously exciting event with us! Michael and I could not be more thrilled about getting hitched. We are so blessed to have loved ones to share our hapiness and to bear witness to this time in our lives. Your presence on January 3rd is plenty gift enough, but we set up this honeymoon registry for those of you that may want to donate to our post-wedding whirlwind Asian tour of love.

Those of you that know me well won't be shocked to learn that I have a pretty well-stocked kitchen. Michael, thanks entirely to his aunt and mother, also has some really nice stuff. Between us, the list of items we really need to start our well-fed lives together is pretty small. Also, both of us are big believers in gifting experiences and loved the idea of invloving our friends and family in what will most likely be the coolest trip of our lives. Which brings us to the honeymoon registry. We'll be adding events as we finalize our itinerary and promise to send out pictures when we return. While we can't physically take you with us, you can join in the fun and help us make the most of three glorious weeks.

I think it is worth noting, at this point, the history of the honeymoon tradition that you are now (hopefully) supporting. The word "honeymoon" has its roots in the Norse word "hjunottsmanathr" (try saying that after a few glasses of bubbly) and was anything but blissful. Northern European history says that groom had to abduct his bride from a neighboring village. It was imperative that the abductor (aka the groom) take his hostage (aka the bride) into hiding for period of time so that her family or other interested fellows couldn't reclaim her. His friends assured his and her safe keeping and kept their whereabouts unknown. Once the bride's family gave up their search, the groom returned to his people with his booty...I mean bride... in tow. While this idea may appeal a great deal to Michael, I am opting for a slightly less violent experience (Thai boxing aside). However, if you would like us to add a Nordic-themed event to the registry, please contact us and we'll see what we can do.

Arigato, Kha, Ar kun, and thank you,
Rachel
We only get one shot at a honeymoon, so we plan on doing it right!
Two nights in San Francsisco, two nights in Tokyo and then off for two plus weeks to Thailand and Cambodia!
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A night in San Francisco: Before heading to Asia for the bulk of our trip, we're stopping for two romantic nights in San Francisco. We'll be staying in the Embarcadero area and plan on doing a lot of walking before our long (LONG) flight to Japan.
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Dinner at Chez Panisse: Alice Waters is my long-time hero and a pilgrimage to this culinary landmark is long overdue. This was Michael's idea, by the way. See how well he knows me? Check out the website:
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Alcatraz tour: I've always secretly wanted to take this tour, but never had anyone dorky enough to go with me. Enter Michael....
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Dinner at Gary Danko: We actually added a night to our San Fran itinerary so we could go to both Gary Danko and Chez Panisse. I hear this place is insanely delicious.
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Breakfast in San Francisco: Doesn't sleeping late and ordering room service on the first morning of your honeymoon sound nice to you? Us too.
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Lost in Translation: We're staying at the gorgeous Park Hyatt, which is where Sophia Coppola filmed the uber-cool film, Lost in Translation.
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Touring Tokyo: I've only been to Tokyo for business and Michael has never been, so we decided to stop for 2 nights to take in the metropolis before heading to more rugged terrain. We'd love to take a real tour and see all that Tokyo has to offer.
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Sushi-san: We both love sushi and there is no better place in the world to go for soft, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth fish. We'd love to follow-up a long day of sight-seeing with a big sushi meal, complete with a warm saki and/or cold kirin
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Fancy-pants Tokyo taxi to/from airport: Did you know that the cab drivers in Tokyo wear white gloves, little hats and have lovely lace curtains in the cab? That refinement is somewhat compromised by the "dating" ads in the backseat. Oh well
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Custom-made clothes: Michael and I will be visiting the skilled Thai tailors for some custom-made shirts, suits, and dresses. It's cheap, beautifully made and one-of-a-kind. Boom
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Dinner in Bangkok: It sounds tacky, but one of the best restaurants in Bangkok is called Cabbages and Condoms and 100% of the profit goes to HIV education and treatment. Support a great cause!
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Tour of Bangkok: We are so excited to see some of the most spectacular temples in the world. The Reclining Buddha, the Emerald Buddha, the night market. Wait...what?
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Traditional Thai Massage: We'd love to wrap up a long day of sight-seeing with a two- hour (you heard me...TWO hour) Thai massage. Check out the price tag. I love Thailand
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Flight to Chang Mai: We're flying to Chang Mai for 3 days/nights. Some highlights: cooking school, Thailand's best night market, elephant sanctuary, mountain temples
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Joy's House in Chang Mai: Joy opened the doors to her parental house to create one of the best guest houses in Thailand. We plan on spending 3 fun nights there. The hotel funds and is the site of a free school for children who lost their parents to HIV.
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Elephant sanctuary: We'll be taking a day trip to the world-famous elephant sanctuary. Elephants are holy in Thailand and this sanctuary is a place for abused or neglected elephants from around the world to retire. We'll feed, bathe and ride the elephants
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Cooking school: Poor Michael is getting dragged to a full day of cooking classes. This is one of the best cooking schools in Thailand...open-air kitchens, organic garden, enthusiastic instructors and sick delicious food. Yummmmy
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Dining in Chang Mai: We'd love to have a few romantic meals at the Mandarin Oriental. Check out the pictures of the hotel....it is insanely beautiful!
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Chang Mai Night Market: The night market in Chang Mai is INSANE. Beautiful handcrafted goods and jewelry, cheap foot massages, great street food and awesome people-watching. I promise to bring back oodles of gifts!
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The One in Cambodia: We're heading to Cambodia for 2 nights to explore Siem Reap and the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. The pretentious hotel name actually indicates that it is hotel for 1, a private residence above a shop in a vibrant part of Siem Reap
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Angkor Wat Tour: We can't wait to check out this ancient series of temples, originally constructed in the 12th century and still home to a thriving Buddhist community
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Dinner in Cambodia: We've already got our eye on a gorgeous French restaurant. After a long day of sight-seeing, what's better than a perfect creme brulee?
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Hotel in Ko Tao: Ko Tao is a divers paradise and we're planning on spending at least 2 nights there to explore the depths
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PADI certification: Michael has never taken a course and I need a serious refresher after 16 years out of the water. This is sort of cheating, because we'll do this in Austin. Still...
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Diving in Ko Tao: We would luh-uv to go diving twice while we are in such a fantastic spot. I've found some good local companies and we're super excited to hit the water.
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Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan: A friend of ours spends half of every year in Ko Pha Ngan. How could we toss aside such a great resource? We hope to find a quieter spot on th the island and relax by the beach. Can I fast-forward?
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Massage on the beach: How about another round of 2-hour massages, but on the beach this time?
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