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Global travel blog that features travel stories on living, traveling and growing up in cities, villages and towns around the world!

Wenchuan, China: The Wenchuan Earthquake

The Wenchuan Earthquake was a colossal event that changed the lives of so many people in China’s Sichuan Province. These are my thoughts and recollections of the event on that day and the weeks that followed. The date is forever etched in my memory. May the 12th, 2008, it was a normal Monday as I […]

Caracas, Venezuela: The City Hidden in the Valley

So, do you like a mix between nature and the world of steel and concrete? Then the city of Caracas will certainly not let you down! This city has a great history that goes back to the times of Cristóbal Colón, when the city (inhabited by locals called Caribes) was discovered by the Spanish. Caracas […]

Silk Street Market, China: How to Barter

The Silk Street Market in Beijing is a famous shopping market in the city’s Chaoyang District on East Xiushui Street. It was originally an outdoor market and became famous for the quality of materials and for having clothes tailor made to order. More than 1,700 small stalls are accommodated within the multistory building that has […]

Suihua, China: Hostages in Suihua

My wife (Lisa) and I were on our way to China to begin teaching in Harbin, or so we believed. We had been in Beijing for a couple of weeks visiting the major tourist attractions before heading up to the northeast of China to begin working. We took the train from Beijing and arrived into […]

Wuhan, China: How to Eat Out in the Furnace City

I live and work most of the year in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in central China. It is known as one of the “Furnace Cities” of China due to the oppressive heat during the summer. I once stayed in the city for part of one summer teaching and […]

Paete, Philippines: The Carving Capital of the Philippines

Is there something you are proud of about your homeland? If there’s something Filipinos are known for, it is being too proud of being a Filipino. I think Filipinos are one of the most patriotic people in the world. So, don’t be surprised when you see one who is trying to defend his culture or […]

Maracaibo, Venezuela: The Land of the Beloved Sun

Maracaibo is the most important city in Western Venezuela, not only because of its abundant livestock, but also due to its oil reserves. The city is also known for its local music, called Gaitas, which is heard at Christmastime all over Venezuela. I was born in Caracas, but my family lived in Maracaibo, and I […]

Las Vegas, Nevada: Lights, Camera, and Casino Action!

Being a microcosm of the United States, Las Vegas is one of the most interesting cities that I have visited. Not only are there people here from all 50 states, but people come from all over the world as well – and you will meet the most unique characters in this city! I arrived in […]

Kota Bharu, Malaysia: Exploring the City

Kota Bharu is the capital of Kelantan, Malaysia. There are a lot of things to do in this little city if you have the inclination to try something new and rather quiet. My nearly three-year stint in this place helped me discover a lot of things that can be done in this sleepy town. It […]

Accra, Ghana: Home Away from Home

They say moving isn’t easy, and that’s what I found out with Accra. I spent just a year there, but we formed a strong bond. She pushed me to my limits, but still allowed me to have fun. I fell in love with her day by day. She was peaceful and slow, it took every […]