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Motorcycling in Colorado, Utah and Arizona

During the summer, Jonathan and his buddy rode their motorbikes from Toronto to Colorado, Utah and Arizona. The plan was to ride as fast they could (within legal limits) to Colorado and then explore Colorado, Utah and Arizona. I flew to Denver and met the guys in Boulder. There was no way I was going […]

Destination Wedding on a Budget

What’s the average cost of a wedding nowadays? Judging by hearsay evidence and online articles, couples are now spending $30,000 on one day of festivities. Apparently everyone getting married is super rich or doesn’t mind massive debt. Do wedding venues offer financing? Anyway, we’re not rich, nor do we care about weddings that much, so […]

5 Reasons Why Living in China Sucks

Natalia and I have travelled extensively in SEA. We also spent a year living and working in the Republic of Korea. Nearly all of our experiences have been fantastic. That’s why when we had the chance to live and work in China, with a much higher salary, we jumped at the chance. How could it […]

Living to Die – Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Lying in the hilly landscape of South Sulawesi, Tana Toraja is a place where the dead receive a send off that would make the Royal family jealous. Families spend their days preparing for funeral ceremonies, all in hopes that their children will execute a proper send off for them. Funerals take months of preparations. Motorbiking […]

Climbing the Great Wall of China – Jiankou to Mutianyu, China

Climbing the Great Wall of China was never high on my list of things to see. Besides Tibet there are very few sights that I get excited about in China and even Tibet has been slipping. In fact, China as a whole has been slipping but more on that later. Anyway, in my mind the […]

The Time My Heart Almost Exploded – Shanghai, China
December 24th, 2013Asia, China, Destinations, Featured PostsNatalia 2 Comments

On my third day in Shanghai I received a wake up call that was real China. I experienced what it is like to receive emergency medical attention in the world’s second most powerful nation.  I also saw with my own eyes the difference between being rich and being poor in China. I also learned that when your heart is about to explode […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Visit to the Penis Park – Haesindang Park, Gangwon-do, Korea

This is a story of how a beautiful young virgin almost ruined the entire fishing industry of a small Korean village. The young girl was swept away by the sea just beyond the reach of her lover’s fingertips. Little did the townspeople know that a curse was bestowed upon their tiny village.  The fishermen came back […]

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