Archive for Asia

A Surprise on a Plank –  Huashan, Shaanxi, China

I built up the “idea” of hiking up Huashan for months on end. Weeks leading up to the climb, my palms would start sweating every time I thought about hiking in Huashan. Walking on a plank suspended hundreds of meters in the air was most terrifying. The fact the Huashan is an internet sensation did […]

Motorbiking Around Coron and Busuanga – Palawan, Philippines

Traveling through Philippines was one of my favorite experiences. It is an incredible country where there is something for any traveler. I’m very saddened to see the devastation that the recent typhoon has caused to such a wonderful place. Having been in Negros months after a typhoon and an earthquake hit, I saw first hand […]

Elbowing Through the Crowd at Huangshan – Anhui, China
November 7th, 2013Adventures, Asia, China, Destinations, MountainsNatalia 3 Comments

I have been warned about hiking the most popular mountain in China on a public holiday. I chose to ignore the warnings. I chose to think that a mountain could not possibly be so packed with hikers. I was wrong. It felt like you are buying bread in 1989 Russia. It could not have been […]

Where to See Pandas in China?

Seeing giant pandas in the flesh was one of the items on my China “to do” list.  As with all other magnificent creatures I try to seek them out in the wild, but pandas are a little more elusive than Orangutans,  Proboscis monkeys and Komodo dragons.  Finding them in the wild would take a lot […]

What The Hell is Numbing Spice?

As Jonathan and I walked down to the Wenshu Temple in Chengdu we saw alluring pancakes being fried on the street. Usually we steer away from street food but they looked so appealing. What the hell, let’s grab a couple! They sizzled so beautifully on the wok. I only could imagine how divine they could […]

How Not To See The Leshan Giant Buddha – Sichuan, China
October 7th, 2013Asia, China, DestinationsNatalia 7 Comments

The day we decided to see the Leshan Giant Buddha was the first day of the National Holidays in China. We had a rough idea of what we were getting into but we were not expecting the extent of chaos that we got. The Plan We had three days in Chengdu, the first two days […]

Climbing Mount Merapi – Java, Indonesia

The steep route up Mount Merapi was filled with a lot of hand holding. Jonathan wanted to climb Mount Merapi before we even got to Java. The kid just wants to see lava! The first day we were in Jogjakarta we ventured to the tourist office to ask if the mountain was accessible for climbers. Interestingly […]

Yuyuan Gardens and Bazaar – Shanghai, China
September 11th, 2013Asia, China, DestinationsNatalia 0 Comments

Yuyuan Gardens is one of the most popular sights in Shanghai. Even with its premier landscaping, rock tunnels and aesthetically pleasing bridges and rooftops the sight feels uninspiring and a little pretentious. The gardens were founded in 1559 and it took 18 years to blossom into its final form. The gardens that tourists see now […]

Welcome to China – First Week in Shanghai
September 8th, 2013Asia, China, Destinations, Most ReadNatalia 9 Comments

So, we actually did it. We packed our bikes, desktop computers, threw in some clothes into a suitcase and moved across the world. Why? I’m not so sure. I mean, we’ve done it before and  we were kind of bored back home. Also, I really want to see some pandas and be closer to India […]

Good news! We’re moving to…..
August 21st, 2013Adventures, Asia, DestinationsNatalia 4 Comments

Shanghai!   We have been toying with the idea of moving since a month after we came back from Korea. Jonathan recently received a pretty sweet job offer and we couldn’t resist an opportunity to live and work in an exciting place. We’re packing our bikes, our computers, our backpacks and suitcases and heading to China […]

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