Asia

Traveling in Bejing, China

First Impressions Thick yellow haze hangs in the air, hovering at eye level and drifting up to the gray, windowless buildings above. Relentless horns from passing motorist and jingling bicycles echo through the narrow Hutong alleyways. Another traffic jam perhaps?…

Overnight trains in China

Ode to Night Trains Night trains have become a common part of travel in China. I’ve adapted to the swaying, therputic rocking motion of a night’s sleep as well as sharing a bunk with strangers who have unfortunate staring issues.…

Meeting China’s Giant Pandas

I promise to feed it and cuddle it and take it for walks everyday and I’ll love it forever and ever…… On second thought, I don’t think the horses on the farm would cooperate with a lazy, overweight bear sharing…

Discovering Yangshou China

Rain, rain go away Yangshou is somewhat like the Kao San Rd of China. Touts are everywhere, shopping trollies with wares for sale and little men selling wooden flutes are every ten feet. Lights, blinking neon and flashing disco balls…

Traveling on Trains in China

Once upon a two day train trek, I wrote a small tale to tell. Sit back and listen as the story unfolds, of our true train adventure from “hell”. A flight was just too much money. There was no road…

Hiking in Sapa, Vietnam

We thoroughly enjoyed our Halong Bay cruise to Cat Ba Island and our days in Hanoi, but Liz and I were excited to stretch our legs with a multi-day hike in Vietnam’s “Gem of the North”. Our next off-the-beaten-path juant…

Northern Vietnam: Hanoi and Halong Bay

Northern Vietnam: Hanoi and Halong Bay

The dawn-infused city scape of Hanoi greeted us as we were dropped off in the Old Quarter section of town. Quite suprisingly, after we disembarked and trotted away from the bus station near Hoan Kiem Lake, we found ourselves in the middle…

Two days in Hue, Vietnam

Two days in Hue, Vietnam

From the quaint riverside town of Hoi An, we traveled by bus to Hue, passing through some jaw dropping, big-skied country vistas. It is here that nature exists without airplanes droning overhead or blue skies cut into lanes by intrusive power lines. The…