18 02, 2015

What exactly is Chinese New Year?

By | February 18th, 2015|China|0 Comments

新年快乐! (Xīnnián kuàilè!)Happy New Year! Today marks the start of Chinese New Year. This 15-day festival is celebrated by over two billion people worldwide and is not limited to just China or [...]

13 05, 2014

On saying goodbye to China

By | May 13th, 2014|China|0 Comments

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” ~ Jack Kerouac “All right, I think I’ve [...]

26 10, 2013

On joy and sorrow and learning to be ok with it all

By | October 26th, 2013|China, Make a Difference, Portraits of Pangea|0 Comments

Today we helped out at a local orphanage in Langfang, about an hour from where we live in China. All of the children have special healthcare needs — and all [...]

8 05, 2013

The bizarre foods of Beijing’s Dong Hua Men Night Market

By | May 8th, 2013|Beijing, China, Photo Essay, Travel Tips|6 Comments

Down Beijing's Wangfujing Street lies a bizarre spectacle; a culinary adventure; a uniquely Chinese experience.However you choose to view it, the Beijing Night Market (Dong Hua Men) has a little [...]

5 05, 2013

8 months in China, so why am I in Bangkok?

By | May 5th, 2013|China, Thailand|2 Comments

It's so hard to believe it's been almost 8 months since we left the U.S. and moved to China.It's also hard to believe that as I write this, I'm sitting [...]

14 03, 2013

6 months in China and I’m not afraid to cross the street anymore

By | March 14th, 2013|Beijing, Cambodia, China, Vietnam|7 Comments

It's funny the things we fear in life. Sharks. Snakes. Spiders. Clowns. Whatever your fears, no matter how legitimate or ridiculous, they can often be quite debilitating and keep us [...]

11 03, 2013

A closer look at the Nine Dragon Wall in Beijing

By | March 11th, 2013|Beijing, China, Photo Essay, Travel Tips|8 Comments

It only took six months, but this past weekend, we finally made it to the Forbidden City in Beijing.Justin visited the impressive imperial complex back in 2004 during a family [...]

23 02, 2013

10 places you absolutely must visit in China

By | February 23rd, 2013|Beijing, China, Travel Tips|13 Comments

One of the things we most regret about living as expats in China is that we will not have the opportunity to visit all of the amazing cultural and geographic [...]

21 02, 2013

A day exploring the Temple of Heaven in Beijing

By | February 21st, 2013|Beijing, China, Photo Essay, Travel Tips|3 Comments

The Temple of Heaven, more properly referred to as Tian Tan, is definitely one of China's most impressive cultural treasures.One of China's largest temple complexes, it is quite deservedly recognized [...]

28 01, 2013

7 places I never thought I’d want to visit in Asia (but I do!)

By | January 28th, 2013|Borneo, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, South Korea, Travel Tips|17 Comments

Nothing, save perhaps the Great Wall of China, ever really compelled me to want to visit Asia. That is, until I moved there. Over the past six months, I have [...]