Yuancun Si Heng Lu

GUANGZHOU, GUANGDONG, CHINA – “Sunshine!” One heard this regularly at the Hunan restaurant we frequented, for we called it out playfully over and over throughout our meals. Over would rush a young Chinese girl, a five year old with pigtails, who would smile a shy smile at us and refill our mugs with scalding green…

Dia de Los Muertos

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA – Updates have been scarce this past week because the boyfriend and I have been busy traveling. We left northern Idaho just over a week ago and have since driven the entirety of Washington, Oregon and California. These days we’re in southern California, mostly spending time in the greater Los Angeles area,…

A Particular List

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA – Something I have noticed to be common in the blog world these days are bucket lists – a list of things you hope to do before you run out of time. I have had something of a bucket list floating around in my head for many years now, and although…

Bliss in a Hotel

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, HONG KONG (SAR) – I had only been to Hong Kong once before and was not expecting to go this particular week. It was late September, just after we had finished all the things required of us for the new semester, but work never became less stressful. There was always something coming up,…

Only What I Needed

COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO, USA – These days, I go to Italy for very specific reasons. My first couple of trips were inspired by a fascination with classical Roman history, and the general curiosity that most of us have when it comes to Italy. (How are the museums? The landscapes? The art? The pizza? The pasta?…