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Tag: travel

The Trevi Fountain Drought

The water is an unnatural blue.  I push past a throng of Chinese tourists who are trying to figure out which shoulder they are supposed to throw their coin over to bring them good luck.  As I approach the border of the Trevi Fountain, I can look to the bottom of the pool and see… Read More ›

Going with the flow in Florence

Four years ago, at the end of a summer spent teaching English in small towns around Italy, I decided to take a week to travel to some of the most touristic sights around the country.  Eight days and four cities later, I had seen quite a bit.  Florence was a spectacle, with the Ponte Vecchio,… Read More ›

Madrid’s Holy Cookies

“Quieres algo mas?”  The small voice whispered to me, from behind the lazy Susan dispenser of the holy cookies.  “No, gracias, todo bien!  Muchisimas gracias.  Gracias por todo.  Gracias.  Hasta luego.  Gracias.”  My profusely polite farewell was an attempt to overcompensate for the fact that my greeting to the nun cookie seller had been, “Que… Read More ›

Playing Tourist at Home

Sometimes it is easy to forget we have a city as our playground right outside of the door.  We go from work to gym to supermarket to home and then do it all again the next day.  It takes some energy – and a visitor who comes to visit you from America – to make… Read More ›

Le Buddhism in Leshan

Sitting on a river two hours south of Chengdu is the world’s biggest Buddha sculpture.  Leshan is a well-known destination in Sichuan province, so naturally I had to go while I was on my impromptu trip to the Panda Capital. This thing is literally a monster.  As I approached it, I exclaimed, “GOOD GOD!” and… Read More ›

The Philippines Through Pictures

This past weekend I went on a weekend trip to the Philippines.  This beautiful, stunning, perfect country of 7,300 plus islands has somehow managed to avoid the damaging effects of overpowering tourism, and has, as a result, kept its pristine and authentic beauty for those lucky enough to see it to experience. While the country… Read More ›

One does not simply fly to Hong Kong…

But when they do, they fly to Shenzhen first because it’s one hell of a lot cheaper of a flight. So this is pretty much my horrible introduction into saying I’M TRAVELING.  I’m also traveling solo.  Which scares the bejeezus out of me a little bit.  What if I become the plot for the Taken… Read More ›

The Bucket List!

Better get cracking…

So many places, so little time

One of the great things about living abroad – and a part that makes me keep going back for more – is the ability to work Monday through Friday and then drop everything, get on a plane, and travel on the weekends.  And this time, when I’m going back to Shanghai, I will have a… Read More ›