Which Packing Method Really Packs the Most? The Great Packing Experiment…

In preparing for our China trip, I watched what seemed like a million packing videos on YouTube. Everyone suggested a specific packing method, whether it was rolling or using packing bags or what have you, and insisted that their way was the best packing method. And I’ve been there too–I always think whatever packing method I’m into […]

Pack light

Packing light

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 […]

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 […]

Moon Hill, Yangshuo, China

Buddha Statue at Leshan, China

Leshan, China: World’s Largest Stone Buddha

During our time in Chengdu, Jesse and I took a quick day trip to Leshan to see the world’s largest stone Buddha, carved into the mountainside, overlooking a turbulent river. The statue was breathtaking. And getting there and back left us a bit breathless too…     Leshan Travel Tips: Go early! Be prepared for […]

Pandas in Chengdu: Cuteness Overload

Okay, look, there’s nothing to say here except LOOK AT THE CUTENESS THE CUTENESS OH MY GOSH! Travel Tip: If you go to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (say that five times fast), make sure to get there early. You’ll beat the largest crowds, and you’ll get to see the pandas eat, […]

Sleepy baby panda

Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan Province, China

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 […]

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 […]


Beijing Videos

Jesse and I loved Beijing–except the part where I got dreadfully ill there. But everything else… In fact, after we parted ways from the students, we went back to Beijing to see more of it. There’s nothing quite like Beijing: the intersection of history and modernity, the capital of one of the most impressive and […]

Forbidden City in Beijing, China


Shanghai Videos

This trip was my first time to Shanghai, and I immediately fell in love with the city. Here’s our first day in Shanghai (along with the pearl market we visited on the way out of Suzhou):   Exploring and planning out our solo trip around China in the gorgeous Cafe Dan in the Tianzifang area of Shanghai: […]