International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning, Travel Photography

Skip Guilin, Go to Yangshuo and Longsheng Instead

After spending roughly a week in northeastern China in September and then roadtripping through northwestern China in October, I turned my sights south, specifically to the south central autonomous region of Guangxi and the southwestern province of Guizhou. For me, the largest draw for Guangxi was initially Guilin. I had long heard of the beauty of… Read More Skip Guilin, Go to Yangshuo and Longsheng Instead

International Travel, Travel Stories

You Haven’t Experienced Thailand Until You’ve Tried This Type of Massage

As the first hammering pounds came down on my back, I winced a bit and wondered whether I’d made a good decision. What if she injures me? As she worked her way down to my buttocks, I wondered what bruises I was going to end up with. Stop. If your mind is going somewhere illicit,… Read More You Haven’t Experienced Thailand Until You’ve Tried This Type of Massage

International Travel, Travel Stories

What You Need to Know About Visiting Tam Wua Forest Monastery for Meditation 

Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery opens its gates to all who wish to come. As long as you can be in Thailand legally and get yourself to the monastery, you are welcome. And as long as you follow the rules, you’re welcome to stay for as long as you wish. But before I dive… Read More What You Need to Know About Visiting Tam Wua Forest Monastery for Meditation 

Reblogs, Reflections

Mr. Helmly Found

Originally posted Monday, August 13, 2012 I didn’t need to open the letter. I could recognize that messy yet particular scribble as easily as I could the handwriting of my parents. I knew I had found Mr. Helmly. Nearly a year and a half ago, while I was still living in Montana, I posted about the… Read More Mr. Helmly Found