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Azerbaijan: A Solo Female Cross Country Adventure

“You’re going where exactly?” That was pretty much the standard response that I received when I told people that I was heading to Azerbaijan to travel cross-country from Baku to Georgia as part of my solo adventure along the old silk road trade route. Little is known about Azerbaijan globally and after helping people locate […]

Hunza, Pakistan: Growing up in Hunza

What is it like to grow up in Hunza? Well, first let me tell you what it is not. It is not just enjoying these views from your window Imagine looking out your window at grape leaves silhouetted against a backdrop of mountains, and all of this goes unnoticed because you wake up to it […]

Nepal: 7 Things to Do in Nepal

Nepal is a small, landlocked country that offers a mind-blowing array of unique and exceptional destinations for visitors. The mesmerizing views from the top of Nepal’s mountains are among the best in the world and one of the major attractions in the country. Yet, Nepal is also an artistic and architectural eye-opener. Full of breath-taking […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beijing, China: Getting Lost

Together with my then wife, we had been working in South Korea for around six months when we decided to relocate to China. We were not enjoying our time in South Korea and felt like giving ourselves a new challenge in a new country. We applied for teaching jobs in several cities. We knew so […]

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Six Great Things to Do

Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, is the largest city in Vietnam and the main commercial center of the country. The French colonial architecture is a stark reminder of its historical past and tourists will never get bored in this fascinating city. Ho Chi Minh City is brimming with life and culture and even a […]

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 […]