International Travel, Travel Photography

Modern Art for a Modern China: A Walk Through the Changchun World Sculpture Park 

When I think of Chinese art, my mind goes to the classical brush paintings and classical sculptures of Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian figures. So when the World Sculpture Park in Changchun, one of northern China’s biggest cuties, was first introduced to me, I was a little skeptical. But I am so glad I was persuaded… Read More Modern Art for a Modern China: A Walk Through the Changchun World Sculpture Park 

International Travel

Booking an Amazon Lodge? A Review of Refugio Amazonas  

I’m all for DIY travel and generally abhor tours except for when necessary, such as with the Inca Trail. As we planned the rest of our Peruvian adventure and looked to the Amazon, however, we realized that it would be much easier to find a lodge that could provide airport-to-lodge service than to try to put together… Read More Booking an Amazon Lodge? A Review of Refugio Amazonas  

International Travel, Travel Stories

The Mountain Across From North Korea

The Manchu people consider it the birthplace of Bukuri Yongson, the ancestor of the Jurchens and modern Manchus. The Korean people consider it the birthplace of Dan’gun, the legendary founder of Gojoseon, the first ever Korean kingdom. Changbaishan, literally perpetually white mountain, is a mountain range that sits on top of the border of China and North… Read More The Mountain Across From North Korea

International Travel, Reblogs, Travel Photography

My Favorite Snaps from China Trips Past 

I have arrived in Manchuria! Before I start snapping away, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from past trips to China. I’m super excited to explore other parts of the extremely large country on this trip, including some areas that aren’t as frequently visited, especially by those in the West. Please bear… Read More My Favorite Snaps from China Trips Past 

International Travel, Reblogs, Reflections

A Church in China

Originally posted Monday, April 9, 2012 China, communism, church and capitalism. Quick, which one doesn’t belong? A couple of decades ago, there would have been two answers, but since the seeds of capitalism began to sprout in the past decade, the only misfit that remains is the church. China is officially an atheist state, and… Read More A Church in China

International Travel

All You Need to Know About Hiking the Inca Trail (+ Alpaca Expeditions Review)

Have you heard me say enough times yet that hiking the Inca Trail is an incredible experience? Well let me say it once more: it’s so fantastically amazing! And you’ll probably love your experience a little more if you have proper info to prep for your trek. Here’s all you need to know about hiking… Read More All You Need to Know About Hiking the Inca Trail (+ Alpaca Expeditions Review)

International Travel, Travel Photography

A Photographic Journey Along the Inca Trail

They say that some places you visit are akin to religious experiences. I’d always wanted to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail because I thought it’d be cool to challenge myself. Actually hiking the Inca Trail was indeed challenging at times, but moreover, it was an incredible experience, sort of a personal pilgrimage. Which is… Read More A Photographic Journey Along the Inca Trail

International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

1 Day in Lima: What to See and Eat

All those who went to Peru before me said, “Lima’s a bore, the only good thing there is food.” But unless you’re entering Peru from another South American country, you’ll most likely need to first fly into Lima. So since you’ll be there anyways, here’s an itinerary for you to see and eat the best… Read More 1 Day in Lima: What to See and Eat

International Travel

The Best Peruvian Food We Ate

I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t do my first post on Peru on Peruvian food. I wouldn’t be true to our trip either, as so much of our experiences on this trip centered around food. We were constantly thinking about the next meal while waiting for the current meal. Peruvian food is… Read More The Best Peruvian Food We Ate

International Travel, Reflections

FUNemployment Adventures

I’m fascinated by new places, people, and experiences, and like a bug drawn to the light, I’ve always wanted to go. Anywhere and everywhere. Go here, see this, try that. It’s one reason why travel, especially international travel, has always been so important to me. Without it, I feel like a fish out of water,… Read More FUNemployment Adventures