Time to Get Out the Map – Day 2 in Beijing

For all the perfectly captured pics, tales of spectacular sights, and recountings of the joys of travel, there are about ten times as many behind the scenes mishaps, moments of boredom, long lines, and spending seemingly hours trying to find ANYWHERE and ANYTHING to eat. This is especially true when visiting China's capital city, a... Continue Reading →

Finding Heaven – Day 1 in Beijing

Stepping off the plane in Beijing, we already felt the difference from Guangzhou in the dry and chilly winter air. Not a trace of humidity in this city that hadn't seen rain or snow since October. We were stunned at our good fortune as we stared at an ice blue sky, no clouds or smoggy haze in... Continue Reading →

Travel with me to Migraine City

I'm an aspiring travel writer and, most of the time, that means writing about fun and interesting places I get to live in and go to as a serial expat. But today I'm writing about a different kind of journey, a deeply personal, internal one. This is a post on migraines that I've been meaning... Continue Reading →

Gaudy and Gorgeous: Yuexiu Lanterns

My phone screen lit up, a message from my Chinese friend briefly lighting up the screen ‘元宵节快乐!Happy Yuan Xiao Festival.' A cute picture of a dog dancing with a lantern hanging off its paw accompanied her holiday greetings on the last day of the Chinese New Year holiday. Yuan Xiao is a 2,000-year-old holiday in... Continue Reading →

Discovering Delightful Lotus Hill

Oh how I love Chinese New Year, a festival that has blown out the cobwebs in Guangzhou, brought sweet rain and fresh air, and given the grimiest street corner to most sparkling skyscraper a new clarity and shine. Chinese New Year festivities last 15 days, beginning on the first day of the new moon and... Continue Reading →

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