Yearly Archives: 2014

How to Pack Light for Months in a Carry-on Bag

Before leaving for China this summer, I knew two things: 1. I didn’t want to bring a lot of stuff with me. (Implication being: I wanted to bring stuff back. Oh, the shopping!) 2. I didn’t want to get completely bored with my clothes. (I’m kind of girly–what can I say? I didn’t want to feel like […]

packing for months abroad

Packing for Two Months in China in Two Bags

Packing can be tough, whether you’re leaving for a week or a month–or longer. You don’t want to arrive at your destination, only to find you left something essential back at home. But, you also don’t want to lug around a bunch of stuff you don’t need and won’t use, taking up valuable space in […]

Packing light

Moon Hill, Yangshuo, China

Biking through Yangshuo, China

Jesse and I spent several days in Yangshuo before heading on to Hong Kong. Yangshuo isn’t far from the more-popular Guilin, but we opted for the slower pace and smaller crowds of Yangshuo, where we enjoyed biking and kayaking and rafting along the gorgeous rivers and country roads. The karst mountains were absolutely brilliant. We […]

Jiuzhaigou, Parts One and Two

Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park is–hands down–one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen. The park is full of lakes and rivers with water so impossibly clear, you can hardly tell it’s there. Some of the lakes are brilliant shades of turquoise, and you can see straight through to the bottom. There are also impressive […]

Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan Province, China


Cat Cafe in Nanjing, China

Can we just talk for a minute about cat cafes? Can we? Why don’t we have these everywhere? Oh, sure, there are a smattering of cat cafes around the United States. But. Seriously. We need them everywhere. A cat cafe in your city. A cat cafe in my city. A cat cafe in EVERY CITY. Think […]