china · travel

007 A Minority Village in the Aftermath of an Earthquake

China is such a large country and so homogeneous that China outsiders often forget that there is more to China than the Han majority. In fact, people living in China, both Chinese and foreign, often forget that China itself has (debatably) 55 minority groups living within its borders. In fact, I, too, was guilty of… Continue reading 007 A Minority Village in the Aftermath of an Earthquake

family · travel

006 Keeping Loved Ones Close When Travelling Far and Wide

I am spending the first week of the New Year with my family in the Pacific Northwest, and so I interrupt the usual travel & China story time with a post about family and friends and thankfulness. Never fear, we return to the usual picture-fest of exotic locales next week! As I will be moving… Continue reading 006 Keeping Loved Ones Close When Travelling Far and Wide

switzerland · travel

004 Recapturing the Christmas Spirit

When I was a child, Christmas was a time of wonder. Sure, I enjoyed the wacky family gatherings where I could run amok with my mischievous cousins, while the adults chatted about boring things like work and who would win the mandatory mahjong game that night. However, even the family Christmas celebration held at a… Continue reading 004 Recapturing the Christmas Spirit

germany · travel

003 German Transportation Hates Me

German transportation hates me. I don’t know why it took me so long to come to that obvious conclusion, but as I stood there, withering under the gimlet gaze of the German customs agent, it occurred to me that I shouldn’t have ignored previous signs of dislike. The First Clue The first clue that anything… Continue reading 003 German Transportation Hates Me

china · travel

001 The Many Faces of the Great Wall of China

I first visited the Great Wall during the Great Family Meet-Up (Beijing Edition) in the winter of 2005. I had gone to visit my parents who were spending the year in Beijing, to fulfill my mother’s lifelong dream of mastering Mandarin in the country where the language originated. Thus, I bought a plane ticket and… Continue reading 001 The Many Faces of the Great Wall of China