Hangzhou, Historical, Lynn, Outdoors, Shanghai, Urban, Work, Wuhan

The First Time I _____ Alone

12 Jun , 2016   Gallery

So I really wasn’t sure how best to title this post, given that the experience I’m going to write about was a first for me, but first of what, I can’t seem to pinpoint. Not the first time I got an airplane by myself. I did that for work in early 20s going to Baltimore, Maryland […]

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Hangzhou, Historical, Lynn, Outdoors, Shanghai, Urban, Work, Wuhan

Itinerary: Two Weeks in China

11 Jun , 2016  

Dates Travelled: April 11, 2013-April 23, 2013 Number of days: ~13 including flight, 11 days not including travel time Cities Travelled: ~4  (Shanghai, Wuhan, ZhuJiaJiao, Hangzhou) Total Personal days: ~6 days Series Tag: China2013  Day 1-2 – Paris to Shanghai to Wuhan Arrived in Shanghai at 7am Pudong Airport Flew from Pudong to Wuahn Tianhe Airport at 11am Checked in at hotel […]

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Jo, Outdoors, USA, Work

The time I was forced to go on vacation

2 Jun , 2016  

So it was Sunday night and I was supposed to be off in two days and we had booked nothing with no idea what to do. “Am I going to end up wasting my precious vacation?” I dry sobbed. We live in a strange time.  Digital technology has enabled us to shrink the world, and at the […]

Adventures, Canada, Jo, Outdoors

The time we went to the Devil’s Punchbowl

4 Apr , 2016  

Every step sucked at my feet, trying to swallow me.  A moist smacking sound followed each step. A wet squelch would come when I managed to pull my rubber boot free each time. It was me versus the mud and I was determined not to lose. E and I were on an outdoor mission after hibernating […]

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Lynn, Outdoors, Sri Lanka, Work

The Time I was Forced on a Guided Shopping Tour [Sri Lanka]

20 Mar , 2016   Gallery

I didn’t get to fly much as an adolescent. Between immigrating to Canada at 9 and up to my second year university at 19, I don’t recall getting on an airplane except once back to Taiwan when I was 12. Travelling at the time mostly involved driving to the  US and within Canada, so my understanding of the […]

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Adventures, Jo, Myanmar, Outdoors

The time we flew over Bagan in a hot air balloon

29 Jan , 2016  

It took me years to finally bite the bullet and dump $300 on what I thought would be a 5-minute skydive. Years later, I can still remember my heart pounding.  The thrill, the exhilaration, the force of the wind pushing my breath back into my throat. Skydiving was definitely more than a 5-minute experience. It was the […]

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Adventures, Africa, Jo, Morocco, Outdoors

The time we rode camels into the Sahara Desert

4 Dec , 2015  

A camel gets up butt-first.  That was one of my first lessons in camel-riding when I was pitched forward as it rose off it’s hind legs.  The only thing that stopped me from an embarrassing tumble headfirst was the camel unfolding its front legs to help me regain balance. Then we were off, walking into […]

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Adventures, Iceland, Jo, Outdoors

The time we chased the northern lights

28 Oct , 2015  

We hadn’t slept properly in more than 24 hours after catching a 1am flight to Iceland the night before.  I was exhausted. A bitterly cold wind swept through the area as we stood outside, huddled together, staring hopefully at the sky, using our collective mental powers to magically will streaks of aurora borealis into visual existence. […]

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Adventures, Africa, Jo, Morocco, Outdoors, Travel tips

How to care for yourself when you get sick abroad

30 Aug , 2015  

Pre-sick Jo. So young. So carefree. She was about to enter a world of pain. It happened the day after I came back from a night in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Despite my best efforts and precautions, I woke up at the crack of dawn with my stomach cramping like ohmygodtoiletnow. We were scheduled […]

Lynn, Outdoors, Taiwan

The Time We Dug for Golden Clams [Hualien]

27 Jul , 2015   Gallery

So here’s the thing I noticed about a good portion of the world when I travel outside of the north-western hemisphere – there exists a culture of unreserved hospitality – there’s something to be respected about the total lack of wanting anything in return besides the satisfaction of having been a great host. I have met people from […]

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