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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China, Historical, Lynn, Urban

The Time We Tandem Biked On a Fortress Wall [Xi’an]

25 Oct , 2015   Gallery

I’m a good bicycler (i wouldn’t exactly call myself a cyclist…), I swear. The last time I got into a biking accident was when I was 12 and I absent-mindedly rode straight into a pole and scraped my knees and elbows. My friend supported me, my bike, and her own bike a few blocks to […]


China, Lynn, Urban, Xi'an

The Time We Took a Sleeper Train to Xi’an

17 Oct , 2015  

Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what gave me the idea of going to Xi’An. I knew that I wanted to take Waffles to Taiwan, and I knew that I wanted to go to a place I haven’t been before and Beijing turned out perfectly as a cheap stop-over – but I wasn’t sure if going […]

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Jo, Travel tips

7 reasons why travel is the best education

15 Oct , 2015  

I feel like I should preface this post with a shining endorsement for academic institutions.  So relax, parents, school is great. But there’s more to life than grades, you know? Despite having only seen a fraction of the world so far, every new place, new flavour, different culture has left a mark on me, which […]


Jo, Travel tips

How I survive long haul flights

30 Sep , 2015  

Planes have come a long way from when I was a kid.  Personal entertainment units packed with movies, tv shows, and games to suit a variety of passengers is so much better than those crummy fold-down 15” communal screens we used to rely on. But if you’re anything like me, you can only sit still […]

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Hong Kong, Jo

The time I couldn’t decide between Hong Kong and Colombia

13 Sep , 2015  

You know when someone’s like “Quick! What’s your favourite food!?” – because clearly this is a matter of complete urgency – and too many choices flood your mind at once? Mine would be cheesecake, by the way.  No, Cheetos. No, popcorn. No, chips.  No, anything with cream cheese icing. No, udon from my favourite udon […]


Beijing, China, Lynn, Urban

The Time We Had to Eat Peking Roast Duck Twice [Beijing]

8 Sep , 2015   Gallery

For those of you who might not know this, “Peking” is the Cantonese (and some various other Southern Chinese) dialectic pronunciation of the Chinese characters 北京. These characters are pronounced as Bei Jing in Standard Mandarin. When Europeans first arrived in China, they came through the Southern ports, which is why this capital city was known as Peking. […]

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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 […]

Beijing, China, Lynn, Urban

The Time I Ordered Liver for Breakfast [Beijing]

23 Aug , 2015  

I have to admit, if you haven’t already noticed from my previous posts on this trip, that I wasn’t the most pleasant human being on my time in Beijing: I complained about the density of the crowd, the hacking cough of the locals, the length of the walk between a intersecting metro line, the spacing of buildings, the […]

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Lynn, Taipei, Taiwan, Travel tips

What I Ate in Taipei

15 Aug , 2015   Gallery

It’s inherently obvious that I like identifying as a Taiwanese and I like being identified as a Taiwanese – mainly because Taiwanese girls are known to be pretty (though I don’t actually look like a typical one), Taiwanese people are known to be warm and friendly (though I’m irritable and snappy), and Taiwanese food are […]

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