International Travel, Reflections, Travel Photography

ZhangYe Danxia, the Rainbow Mountains of China

This is ZhangYe Danxia Geopark in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu. It’s also known as the Rainbow Mountains of China. This is also ZhangYe Danxia Geopark. In fact, it’s the exact same peak. And oh wait, this is the same place in ZhangYe Danxia Geopark yet again. The only difference, of course, is that… Read More ZhangYe Danxia, the Rainbow Mountains of China

Reblogs, Reflections

The Lost Kids

Originally posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 I call them kids, but they’re not really kids. A lot of them are my age or older. And I call them lost, except many of them are perfectly content as they are. I live in the Haight, a neighborhood in San Francisco that is somewhat known for… Read More The Lost Kids

International Travel, Reflections, Travel Stories

The Monk on the River Kwai

On Dec. 28, 2014, an Air Asia flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore crashed into the Java Sea, killing all onboard. That same morning, we flew on an Air Asia flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap, and gasped when we got finally on Wi-Fi and saw news of the crash. First, disbelief. Then, thankfulness. And… Read More The Monk on the River Kwai

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, 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

Domestic Travel, Reblogs, Reflections

Small Town America

Originally posted Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 Despite growing up only in large cities, I’ve always been fascinated with small towns. Small town America, in particular, is a very interesting concept to me. Although the majority of our country’s population lives in urban areas, the expansive rural areas dominate in land ownership. They are: quaint little… Read More Small Town America

International Travel, Reflections

I Dream of Lisbon

No, seriously, my trip to Lisbon began with a dream. A couple years back, I woke up having dreamed about going to Lisbon solo. At the time, I didn’t really know much about Lisbon other than that it had what is basically a Golden Gate Bridge replica. But that dream initiated my fascination with solo… Read More I Dream of Lisbon

Domestic Travel, Reflections, Travel Photography

Montana Weekender: 6 Years Later

Like the Tahoe weekender before it, we headed up for a weekend in Montana thanks to a wedding. I’d actually lived in Montana for a couple of months at the beginning of the decade, so in some ways it was a nostalgic trip, almost exactly six years to the day that I left Montana. We… Read More Montana Weekender: 6 Years Later

International Travel, Reblogs, Reflections, Travel Stories

An Account From North Korea

Originally posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 I meant to write this post upon my return to the States, but alas, life can be a frenzy and other topics were so much easier to write about. But in light of recent reports of executions and staged accidents of North Korean officials and that of labor camps… Read More An Account From North Korea

Reblogs, Reflections

RIP My Travel Companion

Originally posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013  My favorite checked suitcase has flown its final flight. I had just landed in San Francisco and checked into my hotel when I noticed the rip along its seams. This bag has traveled with me throughout the U.S., France, Italy, and China. It was wonderful because its four wheels… Read More RIP My Travel Companion