I’m the last person in the world you might expect to have a blog. I lived for the past two and half years in rural China without access to blogs (thanks to the great firewall). I chose to forgo buying a VPN in order to experience what life was like for my Chinese friends. Life without Google, Gmail, YouTube, The New York Times, Netflix, and pretty much every other site that makes the internet so worthwhile. Without access to these sites, I found that it didn’t matter that my internet only worked on certain days of the week and never when it rained. I enjoyed going off the grid, not having a smartphone and for long periods of time not even having a cellphone. I enjoyed being in my not entirely technology free, but not very technologically advanced little bubble.
But, as they say, all good things must come to end.
This blog is my opportunity to learn exactly what it takes to blog. It started as a way of pushing myself to learn about a subject I knew nothing about. While it’s still that, it’s also becoming a way for me to process my time in China, travels around Asia, and my passion for connecting with cultures.
Want to join me for the ride?
If you’re new to the blog, here are a few of the most popular posts:
When to Jiuzhaigou Suggestions for visitors to Jiuzhaigou, the stunningly beautiful national park in northern Sichuan Province in China.
“Fragrant Fish” Eggplant My discovery, confusion, and recipe for the best dish in China.
Traveling Alone in China A must-read for anyone wanting to travel solo in the Middle Kingdom.
Almost Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge A cautionary tale for foreigners (since it’s really only foreigners) who want to hike the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. Sometimes, you have to take the low road.
The Best Souvenirs in Japan When a girl who hates shopping suddenly finds herself unable to stop, the only explanation is Japan.
Japan’s Ramen Museum One part quirky, one party brilliant. A must visit for any foodie.