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  • Halloween, Magarita, and Xmas Market by: Jenny

    March 12, 2017, 07:56

    I was the only Hilary that evening. There were three Trumps.  But I got most of the fan pictures. Jason and Dave. Halloween was a lot of…

  • Downtown Plano Beer Festival by: Jenny

    January 25, 2017, 21:09

    Sorry for a huge delay in my blog. Setting up a translation and interpretation freelance certainly took up most of my time.  That being said, I enjoyed my…

  • State Fair 2016 by: Jenny

    December 27, 2016, 14:13

    Went to State Fair near end of October, caught the last glimpse before it closes. State Fair is the biggest event in Dallas, usually lasts for the entire…

  • UT Golf Tournament, Toastmasters by: Jenny

    October 16, 2016, 22:44

    Before every UT vs OU football game, UT held an alum golf tournament for all the high-powered alums. Beautiful place to volunteer at. My volunteer table,…

  • Off-Road Adventure with Willy by: Jenny

    October 5, 2016, 17:15

    I’m always very curious about Willy’s jeep, so when he said he’s going to off-road, I’m in! The down side is, you have to wake up super…

  • Plano Ballon Festival by: Jenny

    October 3, 2016, 06:59

    We knew there is a hot balloon festival right in the park behind our house since we moved here 20 years ago, but we have never visited it. Since I am here this…

  • Cydar Ridge Reserve, Dallas by: Jenny

    September 22, 2016, 07:49

     Asian American Professional Meetup was visiting Cedar Ridge Reserve, I never really know any scenic area in Dallas yet, so this might be an interesting…

  • Booksafe and Mid-Autumn Festival BBQ by: Jenny

    September 20, 2016, 07:09

    Plano Public LIbraries hold lots of hobby classes for free. The first Tuesday of every month is their craft’s class, great for stress relieve after…

  • Texas A & M Aggie’s Game (vs. UCLA) by: Jenny

    September 18, 2016, 07:01

    I was always curious about our old rival, Texas A & M’s game. Thanks to Jeff Powell, I finally get a chance to see a game on Aggie’s Land. Texas A…

  • George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas, Texas, USA by: Jenny

    August 20, 2016, 12:00

    Yuxiang, a SMU student who is the nephew of a friend from alumni association, said his school is the home of the Bush Presidential Library. So I decided to…

  • Fahai Temple, Beijing, China by: Jenny

    August 18, 2016, 05:27

    Before leaving Beijing, Xiaolin took me to Fahai Temple, where the original imperial murals from Ming Dynasty preserved. Hundreds-year-old trees. …

  • Zhouzhuang Part III by: Jenny

    August 17, 2016, 12:17

    The next day was all sunshine and blue skys. Breakfast selection And this, seasoned purple rice steammed in a basket. View…

  • Zhouzhuang Part II–Mansion Walks by: Jenny

    August 16, 2016, 09:18

    One of the main tourist attractions in this town is the Shen Mansion. There is the watergate and the wharf, where Shen's family moored boats and…

  • Zhouzhuang, China–Part I by: Jenny

    August 15, 2016, 11:30

    We booked the hotel right in the old part of the town, next to the canal. I’ve always wanted to stay in a simple Ming (Dynasty)- style room,…

  • Suzhou, China Part IV–Tiger Hill by: Jenny

    August 14, 2016, 10:40

    This hill used to be known as "the Hill Emerging from the Sea", where Wu King Helu was buried. The legend goes that three days after his burial, his son…

  • Suzhou, China Part III - Hanshan Temple by: Jenny

    August 10, 2016, 23:42

    By 5am, both of us cannot sleep any more. So we raced to the temple.  It’s usually an auspicious sign to make first offering of the day in the temple.…

  • Suzhou, China Part II–Seven-Mile Shantang Street by: Jenny

    August 9, 2016, 06:13

      There were quite a few interesting canal attractions, but we decided the Shantang Street tomorrow night will be the highlight. I really wanna eat the…

  • Suzhou, China Part I - Humble Administrator's Garden by: Jenny

    August 7, 2016, 20:35

    We left Nanjing sooner as it was rainning pretty hard.  Suzhou was not very far from Nanjing, and it is dubbed as the heaven on earth in ancient times. So we…

  • Nanjing, China Part III–Qinhuai River by: Jenny

    August 6, 2016, 04:20

    We knew that the delicacies around Confucious Temple is overrated, but one of my favorite chain restaurants had a stellar location not far from it. T…

  • Nanjing, China Part II–Nanjing Museum by: Jenny

    August 6, 2016, 01:28

    My classmate, who is a Nanjing native, also highly recommended the Nanjing Museum. Me in traditional Chinese shirt. Stuff from 2,000 years…

  • Nanjing, China Part I - Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum by: Jenny

    August 4, 2016, 05:01

    First thing first, I was back to the U.S. with a broken computer.  It took me almost a month to get the computer replacement settled. So here it is, after…

  • Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China by: Jenny

    February 21, 2016, 02:32

    It snowed on the day we scheduled to visit Suzhou Museum. Still, trains booked, hotel booked, and museum visit booked. Looks like we gotta go. Fortunately,…

  • Jing’an Temple, Shanghai, China by: Jenny

    February 15, 2016, 03:04

    If you are in Shanghai, you are almost guaranteed bump into this prominent temple. Its golden roof and portentous structure beaming onto one of the world’s…

  • Luzhi Watertown, Suzhou, China by: Jenny

    February 10, 2016, 22:09

    Luzhi locates not far from Kunshan, great for a pleasant walk anytime of the year. At first, I wasn’t too impressed with the buildings…. polluted…

  • Duke University, Kunshan, China by: Jenny

    February 3, 2016, 03:51

    After the final exams, Fred and I decided to take a walk around Yangcheng lake outside of Shanghai, and to take a look at the new branch of his school, Duke…

  • Last Fishing Village around Shanghai, Shanghai, China by: Jenny

    October 21, 2015, 19:35

    Next week, I joined the walking group on a visit to the last fishing village around Shanghai, Jinshan village. After some two hours of metro + commuter train…

  • Museum Visits in Shanghai, Shanghai, China by: Jenny

    October 14, 2015, 20:40

    Found an English walking tour. Today they are going to visit a museum and Tianzifang next to it. The museum we were going to visit is Liuli Museum. Liuli is…

  • A Visit to NYC Shanghai by: Jenny

    October 7, 2015, 20:22

    My friend Non who teaches at NYC Shanghai told me an organic fresh market event at their school.  I have never heard NYC in Shanghai – or any U.S.…

  • Jing’an Temple District Tour, Shanghai, China by: Jenny

    October 3, 2015, 19:34

    Already been in Shanghai for a month, still a fresh newbie.  Heard there was a walking tour next to the Shanghai Conference Center.  I have never…

  • Jisung’s Visit, Shanghai, China by: Jenny

    September 15, 2015, 11:55

    Announcing my move to Shanghai prompted a few friends of mine the urge to visit Shanghai. Jisung made his as soon as I have arrived in Shanghai – in a better…

  • Xitang Day 2, China–Part II by: Jenny

    September 11, 2015, 20:38

    Next up is the Buttons Museum, which is nested in another mansion. Grand living room. A few staff showing off traditional button-making process. Old…

  • Xitang Day 2, China–Part I by: Jenny

    September 9, 2015, 20:20

    Woke up and found these for my breakfast.  Breads made of sticky rice and osmanthus flowers.  Fish and flowers symbolize auspiciousness. Rice wine…

  • Xitang Day 1, China by: Jenny

    August 18, 2015, 19:34

    You know you have arrived in somewhere super local when the police station is spelled in Chinese pinyin. But where my hostel is situated is pretty nice The…

  • West Lake Day 2, Hangzhou, China by: Jenny

    August 12, 2015, 13:38

    Yulia told me there were good eats around Gulou (Drum Tower), so I went to check it out. Only to discover I was too early for the crowd, they only work…

  • Hangzhou West Lake Day 1, Hangzhou, China by: Jenny

    July 23, 2015, 09:39

    It takes a while for the landlord to get my newly-rented Shanghai apartment furnished, so I decided to take a stroll around the West Lake in Hangzhou – just…

  • New World & Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, China by: Jenny

    July 22, 2015, 12:04

    Stayed at a friend’s house in Shanghai, who recommended New World not far from the house. I wasn’t exactly looking for it but bumped into it on my way to…

  • Jingzhou Museum, Hubei, China by: Jenny

    July 18, 2015, 12:22

    One thing I liked about Jingzhou – or any town that size – you can almost always get a seat on public bus. The original city wall, I always had to go…

  • Wuhan Stay by: Jenny

    July 17, 2015, 17:48

    Going home was never easy. For adventure of it, I took the bus instead of the subway – and regretted it! We bumped into a group of people left by the last…

  • Before Moving Out of Beijing by: Jenny

    July 15, 2015, 23:52

    Not sure what happened with this bike parked next to a metro, was it the owner or was it the thief? Love the translation. I need a letter paper, found these…

  • Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Beijing by: Jenny

    June 10, 2015, 11:45

    I had long been wanting to visit this place. There were so many stories behind both the residence and the residents themselves, each and everyone of great…

  • Houhai, Beijing by: Jenny

    June 6, 2015, 01:21

    Haven’t really visited Houhai (or the garden in the back of the Forbidden City) in a long time.  This is actually one of my favorite hangout places in…

  • Wild Great Wall Hike, Huairou, China by: Jenny

    June 4, 2015, 17:49

    Two years ago when I just got to Beijing I took some arduous hiking trips with this Great Wall hiking group. At the start, I didn’t enjoy it a whole lot. It…

  • People’s Park, Shanghai by: Jenny

    June 3, 2015, 13:47

    Upon returning to Shanghai for more interviews, I upgraded my hotel room to a Japanese style room – for 1 day Definitely very interesting place to stay.…

  • AmCham Young Professional Panel, Barbeque by: Jenny

    May 17, 2015, 01:10

    Dilemma of no bottle opener and only one bottle of wine needs it.  I YouTubed the 10 ways you can open the wine bottles without an opener, and nope, my…

  • DMZ Tour, South Korea by: Jenny

    May 14, 2015, 11:28

    The past month have kept me pretty busy. I missed train times where I get to sit around and play with my photos. I found this set of photo from my Korea trip…

  • Barbeques and Delicacies around Seoul, South Korea by: Jenny

    April 12, 2015, 02:13

    You could never have figured this fairy-tale building in a common city neighborhood is actually a brand new hostel. The hostel has only opened for a month,…

  • Honolulu, Hawaii by: Jenny

    April 5, 2015, 01:28

    Going from LA to Honolulu, the plane took straight to the sky above the ocean. Looking back at LA coast. About 5 minutes after leaving the LA…

  • Vienna Beach by: Jenny

    March 17, 2015, 20:13

    My cousin took me to Vienna beach before I left LA. He parked the car right in front of sand volleyball court, reminded me of back in the day when Jonovan…

  • Getty Center, Los Angeles by: Jenny

    February 25, 2015, 17:46

    Going from the airport to my cousin’s UCLA apartment, we passed by a huge mansion on top of a hill. “That’s Getty Center.” My cousin proudly pointed…

  • SMU and Foods by: Jenny

    February 20, 2015, 17:43

    One thing I missed about Texas is the cheap, quality country barbeque.  Although more pounds on top of my currently borderline overweight is certainly…

  • Dallas Chinese New Year Performance by: Jenny

    February 17, 2015, 16:50

    My mom bought a pair of performance tickets for Chinese New Year while scavenging around the supermarket. The recent Chinese government unloading its department…

  • Cowboys Stadium, Dallas by: Jenny

    February 10, 2015, 16:24

    To start off, I need to apologize for more than a month long hiatus.  I changed a web host and apparently the remote connection did not work with the new…

  • A Recital from a Piano Genius by: Jenny

    January 31, 2015, 19:04

    A friend of mine is a huge fanatic of classical concerts.  She mentioned there is a concert at Zhongshan Concert Hall, the oldest concert hall, right…

  • Texas Night–UT Alumni Beijing Chapter by: Jenny

    January 23, 2015, 21:26

    My alma mater alum association decided to squeeze our resources together and organize a Texas themed banquet.  It’s our first try since the dawn of…

  • New Years Eve by: Jenny

    January 3, 2015, 01:52

    Last day of work before year 2015, I was sent off to another location for something and wasn’t going to come back to the office. Then I remembered something…

  • Beijing around Christmas by: Jenny

    December 28, 2014, 19:53

    A friend said there was a travel sharing meeting now far from where I live. As an avid traveler, I decided to drop in. Drinks, snacks provided, I ended up…

  • Phoenix Mountain Nature Park, Beijing by: Jenny

    December 22, 2014, 19:17

    Me and Xiaolin decided to visit West mountains range west of Beijing with a group of MBA graduates.  Since I had to rush a bit of work in the morning, so…

  • Visit Weifang Hospital in Construction by: Jenny

    December 12, 2014, 17:08

    My colleague wanted me to accompany her showing the top folks of our partner, Joslin Diabetes Center (part of the Harvard Medical School) the hospital we are…

  • Thanksgiving & Salons by: Jenny

    December 8, 2014, 00:17

    The best Thanksgiving meal I have ever had was with Cory at Lily’s Restaurant north of Sanlitun.  It tasted just as good as it looked. Bad English on…

  • Cocktail Making Party for Singles Day by: Jenny

    November 22, 2014, 21:08

    The singles day started on November 11, 2011 (111111). A group of college students in China decided to party over their singleness. Within the next 3 years, it…

  • Sledge Hammer Mountain, Chengde, China by: Jenny

    November 8, 2014, 15:25

    Second day in our Chengde stay, we decided to explore a strange looking mountain seen from our hotel.  Apparently the huge rock sticking out from the…

  • Old Summer Retreat, Chengde, China by: Jenny

    November 3, 2014, 11:59

    I have long been wanting to visit old Summer Palace in Chengde.  It’s already pretty late in the year consider this place is a summer retreat, so it does…

  • My Birthday by: Jenny

    October 25, 2014, 15:41

    For the first time in my life, I decided to hold a small party to celebrate my birthday.  It wasn’t anything grand, but it was special. Friends from…

  • Xiling Gorge, Hubei, China by: Jenny

    October 21, 2014, 08:14

    On our way to Tribes of Three Gorges we spotted another fun place, so second day we decided to visit the Xiling Gorge. As we stepped off the bus I needed a…

  • Sunny by: Jenny

    October 21, 2014, 01:30

    Let’s begin with a story.  On my first West Coast Swing (a type of swing dance) party coming back traveling around the world, I met this new girl. …

  • Tribe of the Three Gorges, Hubei, China by: Jenny

    October 16, 2014, 08:52

    My ancestors were all from along the Yangzi River one time or another.  Although we were always close to this area, but we never really appreciated the…

  • Forbidden City Corner Tower, Zhongshan Park, Beijing by: Jenny

    September 29, 2014, 17:01

    Funniest thing happened that day as I was walking outside the Forbidden City.  A street vendor came up trying to sell me something.  I ignored her…

  • Beijing Car Museum by: Jenny

    September 19, 2014, 16:14

    Cory said I have to check out this car museum, so one Saturday I took an hour subway all the way to south 5th ring. Though it is a car museum, but they have…

  • Shashi Dam, Shashi, China by: Jenny

    September 12, 2014, 21:55

    So I found out that the dam is not far from where my grandma stays in Shashi.  “Really, you haven’t seen the dam? But you have been visiting for the…

  • Cool Coffee Shop in Beijing Hutong by: Jenny

    September 10, 2014, 09:29

    Who said I’m too old to take pictures with cute puffy animals? Bumped into one of the neatest coffee shops in town.  After winding through a little…

  • Album Opening Party and Planetarium by: Jenny

    September 5, 2014, 22:12

    Had a crab egg soup, a typical Beijinger dish the other day.  Love the crabby bowl! One of my clients, Anna, had her album opening party, where she sang…

  • 798 Visit with Yang by: Jenny

    August 14, 2014, 21:27

    Me and Yang decided to visit 798, Yang especially wanted to visit the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA). We were greeted with a hall full of most…

  • Tanzhe Temple, Beijing, China by: Jenny

    August 11, 2014, 08:34

    First there was Tanzhe, then there was Beijing. – Chinese Proverb So there was a saying that early temple prayers are good for your soul.  We got up at…

  • Eating around Shanghai by: Jenny

    August 9, 2014, 23:35

    Went with Yang to visit Shanghai and bumped into a café with his name…. That night we met a few of his friends. One of my ex-colleague, Vadjra (front…

  • Porridge Pot and English Salon by: Jenny

    July 27, 2014, 11:31

    Yang talked about a porridge hot place not far from where I live, so one morning went there for breakfast. A huge pot of porridge in the middle of us, dump…

  • National Museum Ceramics Visit by: Jenny

    July 26, 2014, 15:52

    Meet Mr. Apple-Vodka. Was introduced to this bottle in a French restaurant the other day.  This strange looking concoction was made up with a small apple…

  • New Employee Boot Camp by: Jenny

    July 9, 2014, 07:39

    I’m definitely not the busiest person in the company, but every time there was a new employee boot camp something always came up.  Before I knew it,…

  • Tourism Expo and Tongzhou Grand Canal Park by: Jenny

    July 7, 2014, 22:36

    Got a new desk for my apartment, bought it second hand from a craiglist-like website.  Fortunately, Mr. Yang is willing to help me taking the desk home.…

  • Tian’anmen Square, Beijing, China by: Jenny

    July 6, 2014, 21:36

    Day 2, we went to Tian’anmen Square, the center of Beijing. You have to touch these knobs on the gate for good fortune. First court. Security. We…

  • Great Wall–Mutianyu Section, Beijing, China by: Jenny

    July 5, 2014, 21:33

    Haider, my dancing friend from Dallas, decided to come to Beijing for a weekend trip (long ways, I know).  So we decided to spend 1 day on Great Wall and…

  • Cow’s tongue, Baby Gourds by: Jenny

    July 1, 2014, 21:26

    “Language lets people love each other; it also lets people hate each other” in Uyghur language. Cute slippers for couples. It rained a lot these past…

  • Apartment Hunting, Wrapping Zongzi by: Jenny

    June 18, 2014, 11:54

    Found one of my favorite coffee shop actually lets you make your own coffee of choice, here is my very first professional hot chocolate – not a small feat…

  • Streets in Nanluoguxiang, Beijing by: Jenny

    May 28, 2014, 18:07

    Went to a lecture at European Union embassy talking about China’s “leftover” women phenomena. Where women over 27 years old are tabooed as “leftover”…

  • Beijing People’s Art Theatre Museum by: Jenny

    May 14, 2014, 07:35

    Made a mini-trip to Hubei, where I found this while shopping with my cousin. Afterwards, we had an all too stuffed lunch at one of the restaurants…

  • Beijing Suburb Day Trip II - Dajue Temple by: Jenny

    May 5, 2014, 17:42

    Our final destination for the day was Dajue Temple (大觉寺).  The temple sets right at the foot of West Mountain outside of Beijing. As our bus…

  • Beijing Suburb Day Trip I–Kite Museum & Imperial Rice Village by: Jenny

    May 4, 2014, 07:54

    One of my old clients, Beijing magazine, hosts foreigners in embassy and foreign executives Chinese culture-related activities every quarter.  Although I…

  • Swing Dance Party, Orchestra Shows, More Foods by: Jenny

    May 3, 2014, 09:06

    I didn’t get to attend Great Wall Swing Out, but I did make to their farewell party, where they have celebrated the festival’s 7th anniversary. Great…

  • UT Alum Summer Palace Meet-Up by: Jenny

    April 28, 2014, 16:12

    Since I won’t have class on Sunday, I jumped in a UT alum picnic in Summer Palace that morning. The river that runs through the entrance of what used to…

  • Food, Food, Food by: Jenny

    April 21, 2014, 15:05

    An intern in our office went to Jeju Island for vacation (yes, the one with the sunken boat recently) and brought us gifts. Apparently the island is known…

  • Meet-Ups, Guest Speakers by: Jenny

    April 7, 2014, 21:06

    A lot of folks I met wondered what does salsa scene looks like… so this is the floor of Salsa Caribe, the biggest salsa place in Beijing. You could grab a…

  • Swing Dancing and Custom Party by: Jenny

    March 30, 2014, 02:21

    Went swing dancing on Monday, watching Shin Sham, reminding me good o days. Grab a partner and dance! Checking out Internation’s Friday night network…

  • Flowers, Chocolates and Birthdays by: Jenny

    March 14, 2014, 16:58

    I know this has been quite a bit late, but I had the hardest time recovering from my jetlag and then I got sick for 2 weeks (and still sick right now)…. …

  • Chinese New Year 2–Dumplings and Games by: Jenny

    February 24, 2014, 21:39

    James friends threw a dumpling party at their house on the Chinese New Year.  The last time I had actually made dumplings was when I was 10 or 11. …

  • Chinese New Year Dinners by: Jenny

    February 16, 2014, 01:30

    After the one-day New York City trip, we had a Chinese New Year hotpot party at Jame’s house. Getting prepared, checking at the hotpot. James hard at work…

  • New York in One Day by: Jenny

    January 30, 2014, 18:47

    Going to New York from Beijing Capital Airport – one of the best serviced airports in the world.  Among a bunch of free amenities, I found this luggage…

  • Chinese New Year Banquet Before Leaving for U.S. by: Jenny

    January 26, 2014, 04:49

    It’s pre-Chinese New Year party, the company has prepared a banquet for all the people who are staying in Beijing without a family.   With an intern…

  • Tim’s Visit from Mongolia and Pingpong Tournament by: Jenny

    January 20, 2014, 19:48

    I met Tim Jenkins while being thrown off my plans hitchhiking along Mongolian highway.  It was one of those low days when I feel alone and abandoned I…

  • New Years Eve, New Year by: Jenny

    January 6, 2014, 05:51

    It’s the start of Winter in Chinese lunar calendar, and everyone should eat dumplings. I also contributed to the dumpling restaurant industry my fair…

  • Parkview Green Visit by: Jenny

    December 31, 2013, 03:57

    Something special happened after today’s salsa class.  Amanda was having a birthday and she brought us a cake. The hostess at our studio. Guys lined…

  • 798 Visit with Cousin by: Jenny

    December 29, 2013, 20:53

    Comparing to last year, Beijing’s winter this year was simply amazing.  Every week we had more clear days than smog days. December 15th was no…

  • Shopping in U-Town, Beijing by: Jenny

    December 28, 2013, 21:14

    My cousin is here, to celebrate her arrival, I brought her to one of my favorite restaurants in town – Element Fresh, located in the famous Sanlitun…

  • Beijing Snacks Tasting by: Jenny

    December 19, 2013, 20:13

    I was invited to Experience the Culture of Chinese Imperial Cuisine by one of our clients.  Hopefully we’ll be fed like a king . The host of this…

  • Wuhan Snacks by: Jenny

    December 6, 2013, 00:24

    Xiaolin brought me to a Korean barbeque place for lunch.  I’ve always heard about Korean barbeques but never tried it.  Apparently, you heat your…

  • Guilin, Guangxi Province, China by: Jenny

    November 18, 2013, 21:33

    The first thing after we have returned to Guilin is to visit the famous hill that shaped like an elephant trunk.  Which is now made into a park that…

  • Longji (Dragon Spine) Rice Terrace, Guangxi Province, China by: Jenny

    November 17, 2013, 10:34

    We did not know that the rice paddy field is actually on the other side of the Guilin, so either we book a really expensive tour package from Yangshuo directly…

  • Ten Miles Gallery, Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China by: Jenny

    November 16, 2013, 20:51

    After the bamboo raft, we strolled along what’s so called “ten-mile gallery”, or a scenery road stretched for some 10 li (Chinese distance measurement), …

  • Bamboo Raft on Yulong River, Yangshuo, China by: Jenny

    November 16, 2013, 18:37

    Bright & early in the morning, our raft guy started preparing his raft. Helping mom to get into her seat. Great way to start the…

  • Li River Cruise to Yangshuo by: Jenny

    November 15, 2013, 20:24

    We decided to take a boat to Yangshuo by waterway the next day. Our row of boat. Not sure if this was all true, but we were placed in the…

  • Double Tower, Guilin, China by: Jenny

    November 14, 2013, 08:38

    We weren’t surprised when hordes of travel agencies, hotel agents, and drivers hounded us at the train station in the middle of this too touristy city.  But…

  • World Trotters’ Meet-Up in Wangfujing, Beijing by: Jenny

    November 11, 2013, 21:03

    A Egyptian British couchsurfer, Hisham, wanted to meet me up after his visit to Forbidden City.  So I suggested Wangfujing, one of the oldest streets and…

  • Dashilar and Bar Camp by: Jenny

    November 6, 2013, 21:37

    Found the best place to enjoy yoga in Beijing, just 22 floors towering over the most commercial district, where you could see my office from its drop-down…

  • 798 Visit with Hilary by: Jenny

    October 30, 2013, 10:20

    My favorite artist Hilary came to Beijing, of course, 798 Art District came in mind and I knew she would love this place. One of my favorite artists in…

  • Hamster, Dashan, and NFL Cheerleaders by: Jenny

    October 25, 2013, 09:34

    Found this tiny little hamster in the hallway of my apartment building.  I almost mistook it for a little mouse.  He sniffed around my shoe for a while,…

  • Sunday Brunch and Dance Studio Anniversary by: Jenny

    October 15, 2013, 21:10

    For my birthday (October 8), my mom got me a small cake. She also discovered my favorite dessert, cheese cake, in the same shop by accident. Moishe…

  • Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace) by: Jenny

    October 7, 2013, 20:17

    The other day I was passing by this park on my way to my cousin’s wedding.  I’ve heard about this park since I was little, but didn’t know it was open…

  • Confucius Temple and Imperial Academy by: Jenny

    October 6, 2013, 16:40

    We found Confucius temple and old Imperial Academy on a tour guide. So We decided to visit there as they probably won’t have hordes of tourists like…

  • Chaoyang Park Festival by: Jenny

    October 4, 2013, 16:27

    Mom said there is a little tourism festival not far from my apartment in Chaoyang Park during the break.  So I went there to check it out.  Though…

  • 798 Art District and Salsa at LAN Club by: Jenny

    October 2, 2013, 15:47

    Mom was also interested in going to 798, the art district made out of a bunch of abandoned factory buildings. Cute little ornamental characters…

  • Beijing Capital Museum by: Jenny

    October 1, 2013, 15:30

    Mom is visiting me for the Golden Week holiday in China.  We decided not to venture to anywhere as everyone is rushing for the touristy cities.  Instead, we…

  • Lecture on Future of Immortality and China Open by: Jenny

    September 28, 2013, 00:00

    I found this cute little Jewish community by accident and had been going to their lectures recently. The last lecture was from the founding faculty…

  • Fancy Moon Cakes and Creating a Music Video by: Jenny

    September 24, 2013, 23:58

    It’s that time of the year again!  All I could think of Mid-Autumns Festival is the yummy moon cakes.  Last year was the first time in a long time that…

  • Wanshou Temple, Beijing, China by: Jenny

    September 16, 2013, 18:02

    A while ago, I was translating a piece of TV show on Wanshou Temple, which houses Beijing Art Museum.  It piqued my interest ever since then.  Since I…

  • Tracing through Decades - Yangxin, Hubei Province, China by: Jenny

    September 12, 2013, 22:05

    Chairman Mao’s worst joke to China was cultural revolution, where millions of young people forced stop schooling and sent to work in the countryside.  My…

  • Break in Beijing and Strange Fruit in Wuhan by: Jenny

    September 5, 2013, 22:12

    There is a popular Muslim BBQ place around my neighborhood. They are known for their gigantic lamb BBQ on iron skewer. One day I was finally hungry enough…

  • Mt. Tai, Shandong Province, China by: Jenny

    September 1, 2013, 14:56

    The highlight of Tai’an trip is of course the man himself, Mt. Tai.  As one of the five major mountains in Central Plains, it is also one of the most…

  • Tai’an, Shangdong Province, China by: Jenny

    August 31, 2013, 23:32

    Richard is holding another one of those trade shows that need foreign faces.  Since it is in Tai’an, right next to one of the Five Mountains in China, Mt.…

  • Songpan, Sichuan Province, China by: Jenny

    August 27, 2013, 23:43

    We were dropped off at a junction after Huanglong adventure, there we hitchhiked our way to Songpan.  The town is known for its thousand years of history,…

  • Huanglong (Yellow Dragon), Sichuan Province, China by: Jenny

    August 27, 2013, 20:21

    We took an early morning bus for Huanglong, another scenic park 3 hours from Jiuzhaigou in the mountains.  We were told that the altitude of this park is…

  • Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan Province, China – Day2, Long Sea and Others by: Jenny

    August 25, 2013, 14:02

    We were worried about paying for another park entrance fee (a whooping 50 US Dollars) after getting out of our hotel.  Before we knew it, we were immediately…

  • Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan Province, China–Day1, Primeval Forest and Its Lakes by: Jenny

    August 24, 2013, 13:25

    A great day to get around Jiuzhaigou, one of the most beautiful places in China, known for its hundreds of lakes in all sorts of colors. The valley…

  • Going to Jiuzhaigou, Tibetan Zone, China by: Jenny

    August 23, 2013, 14:16

    Was contemplating whether I should take a half-hour plane or a 10-hour bus to Jiuzhaigou, but I was told the bus ride is one of the most scenic in China. …

  • Chengdu Walking Tour, Hotpot, and West Coast Swing by: Jenny

    August 22, 2013, 12:19

    My hostel in Chengdu organizes walking tours every Monday night, so I joined their dinner before they took off.  They found this hole-in-the-wall place…

  • Panda Base and Daoist Temple, Chengdu, China by: Jenny

    August 18, 2013, 11:45

    We have to take one of those scenic trolleys to the Panda base Though small, everything is made out of bamboos in this trolley We were…

  • Swimsuit Exhibition in Gourd Island, Liaoning Province, China by: Jenny

    August 13, 2013, 22:42

    Yulia was looking around for someone to replace her boyfriend (who went out on a business trip) to go on this swimsuit exhibition trip free of charge. They had…

  • Cousin’s Wedding, Farting Cow and World-Famous Tap Dancer by: Jenny

    August 8, 2013, 21:25

    After Shanghai, I ran back to Beijing for my cousin’s wedding.  I spent quite sometime looking for the restaurant. Well, this restaurant with my cousin…

  • Shanghai Bars and Shopping by: Jenny

    August 1, 2013, 00:15

    Went to Shanghai to visit Johnathan, my bachelor friend who was so excited to finally settled with a girlfriend. After dinner with them at a local Muslim…

  • Ice Creams and Hawaiian Themed Swing Dance by: Jenny

    July 26, 2013, 11:46

    Thought the 32 kuai shaved ice was indeed too pricey by Chinese standard. But for what I’m getting, not bad (especially considering that’s my favorite…

  • Bamboo Raft and Drift Near Fangshan, China by: Jenny

    July 25, 2013, 11:27

    The Beijing translation team organized a team outing to the outskirt of the city.  The description says that we will take a 3 hour ride to the outside of…

  • River Walk along the Great Wall of China by: Jenny

    July 14, 2013, 10:11

    Another weekend with Beijing Walkers.  We went immediately onto the Wall as soon as we got off the bus. First good picture of me and the…

  • Eating, Shopping by: Jenny

    July 8, 2013, 23:37

    First time I got a plant baby, you just soak it for an hour then it will grow these green hairs a few days later. First time trying spicy clam with…

  • Great Wall–Miyun Section by: Jenny

    July 2, 2013, 22:11

    Nannan signed me up for the Great Wall Hike on Sunday with Beijing Walkers.  To look for where it is located, I searched high and low on its website, but…

  • Dancing Around Lotus Market by: Jenny

    June 29, 2013, 22:05

    Was browsing around the supermarket the other day and found these the translation for “kiwi”. It was literally translated into “strange fruit” in…

  • Parks, Dances, and Tianjin by: Jenny

    June 22, 2013, 18:35

    First time trying out Men Guo, a type of hot pot where you cook beforehand instead of dipping raw food in boiling water.  We picked out our ingredients…

  • Rock Climbing in White River (Baihe) by: Jenny

    June 16, 2013, 21:47

    Nannan has been talking about rock climbing for a few weeks now, and I was always curious about it.  On my way back to China I got her invitation for another…

  • Seattle by: Jenny

    June 9, 2013, 04:48

    Mother has been on my heels about this kindergarten classmate of mine who just moved to Seattle for a job. “His mother has always been talking about him,…

  • Packing for China by: Jenny

    June 5, 2013, 12:35

    First thing first, my little hill of letters waiting for me to open – some of them have been there for the past 9 months… A couple days later, I…

  • DallasLindy by: Jenny

    June 4, 2013, 11:27

    Really excited for this dance event this year, not only will I be volunteering, I will also be the official representative for Karizmah Dance Shoes – the…

  • 2013 DFW ProAm Jam and Family Outing by: Jenny

    May 30, 2013, 10:54

    I am volunteering at DFW this year again, I forgot how exciting (and exhausting) this event was…. I had a lot of fun volunteering, except for this time there…

  • SwingDiego Dances by: Jenny

    May 17, 2013, 11:38

    How in the world did they shape the palm trees like that at the entrance of the resort I was sharing a room with a girl from Seattle. French…

  • Los Angeles Stay with Jonovan, Part II, Evening Art Walk by: Jenny

    May 11, 2013, 02:30

    I wanted to eat something “LA”, and on our way back we found people setting up their trailer food stands.  “Like, we could eat here, it will be…

  • Los Angeles Stay with Jonovan, Part I, Day Time by: Jenny

    May 10, 2013, 11:43

    I remember the last time I left Los Angeles, Jonovan went, “well this might be the last time I see you.”  I told him stop thinking about it.  At least in…

  • 789 Art District, Line and Balboa Dancing by: Jenny

    May 7, 2013, 16:33

    A photographer invited me to his salon in 789, the most famous art district in Beijing.  I have been long wanting to visit this place after countless…

  • The Rest of Film Festival, Family Visit by: Jenny

    May 3, 2013, 23:50

    Press conference of the German nominated film Lore.  Producer of the Lore present. I was wondering this on-site Chinese-English interpreter looked…

  • Working at Beijing Film Festival by: Jenny

    April 27, 2013, 16:30

    Me and my boss went to Beijing International Film Festival to work as their on-site translators.  I know what you are thinking: movie stars, movies, happy…

  • Beijing Duck (Kaoya) Adventure, Hui’s Visit by: Jenny

    April 14, 2013, 09:46

    Stopped by a bar with all these wine jars embedded in the wall, I wonder if they were real…. I got some couchsurfers in my apartment.  Dominika is a…

  • Museums Tomb Sweeping Holiday by: Jenny

    April 11, 2013, 21:32

    Went out to the historical part of the city in the rain, so we decided to dodge the weather by sitting in a Chinese barbeque bar.  Honestly, I’ve never…

  • Traditional Chinese Concert by: Jenny

    April 3, 2013, 10:46

    The 24-Hour convenience shop in my office building has a sandwich section, and because of the strawberry season, they came up with strawberry sandwiches. …

  • Spring is Here! by: Jenny

    March 29, 2013, 09:39

    My first Chinese medicine came in already-stewed packages. Apparently nowadays when you order Chinese medicine in China, the drug store could cook it and…

  • Chinese Resume – Please Include a Picture by: Jenny

    March 27, 2013, 16:02

    I don’t know about you, but being hired based on my hereditary traits makes me feel like a dog. I remember being looked over on day 1, simply because I’m…

  • More Snow by: Jenny

    March 20, 2013, 12:06

    Walking down Houhai on a Sunday morning, the sky was especially blue, a rare scene in the already-over-polluted Beijing. Ok, I understand there is…

  • Mom’s Beijing Visit by: Jenny

    March 14, 2013, 22:30

    My mom passed by Beijing on her way back to Texas.  Since she doesn’t want to go to too touristy spots like Tian’anmen, Great Wall, or the museums, I…

  • China National Museum, Swing Dance at CDBlues by: Jenny

    March 10, 2013, 21:02

    On a beautiful Sunday I went with Dou to the China National Museum right in Tian’anmen Square.  Of course, I didn’t land here by chance.  Countless…

  • Speed Date, Friends, Parks by: Jenny

    March 5, 2013, 18:10

    For the Festival of Lights, everyone got 8 cartons sweet dumplings.  Then with other office mates distributing theirs, I actually ended up with 12…

  • My Chinese Hospital Adventure by: Jenny

    February 28, 2013, 17:15

    Coming back from Spring Festival, I found myself stocked up with candies like a Halloween kid.  This will last me all year, feel free to join me. Of…

  • Weird Name, Weird Chips, and Parks by: Jenny

    February 26, 2013, 07:16

    I had like the funniest dream ever, I went around the neighborhood to ask kids what’s their favorite junk foods.  And these kids always mentioned these…

  • Visiting Relatives during Spring Festival by: Jenny

    February 20, 2013, 08:49

    Went to play Catan with some good friends in Beijing, it was a lot of fun, and I’m officially hooked (read more about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

  • On Chinese Kids Who Don't Speak Chinese by: Jenny

    February 17, 2013, 00:48

    “I don’t agree with those parents avoid talking Spanish to their kids because they think English is a superior language,” Laura, a cheerful Mexican-Americ…

  • On Marriage by: Jenny

    February 7, 2013, 09:04

    Like a million other things, I’m a product Made in China.  However, unlike half of my brethren, I was exported to USA – just like the other half.   So…

  • Kunming II, Yunnan, China by: Jenny

    January 23, 2013, 10:14

    We got back in Kunming around 5 in the morning, so those 2 decided to stay in the hotel and sleep all day. I guess by this time of the trip I’m the only one…

  • Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan, China by: Jenny

    January 22, 2013, 22:57

    Since none of us wanted to spend 400 yuan to get on top of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山), we decided to stroll around the famous old town…

  • White Sand Village, Yunnan, China by: Jenny

    January 21, 2013, 09:48

    Since I don’t want to get on the expensive cable car to the top of the Jaded Dragon Snow Mountain, I figured it would be nice to at least spend some time…

  • Old Tea Trade Route, Lijiang, Yunnan, China by: Jenny

    January 19, 2013, 11:50

    We were warned about the sun in this bare land.  Since it would be so windy and we are at a much higher altitude, we were asked to cover up our faces if…

  • Cang Mountain, Dali, Yunnan, China by: Jenny

    January 18, 2013, 16:11

    Xiaomei decided to try some grilled grasshoppers, “try it Jenny”… I  was a bit freaked out that by the time I let everything to sink in, she already…

  • Erhai Cruise, Dali, Yunnan, China by: Jenny

    January 17, 2013, 17:15

    Our breakfast consists of fried buns topped with shrimp and fried erkuai We booked an Erhai cruise for that morning along with the transportation to…

  • Butterfly Spring, near Dali, Yunnan, China by: Jenny

    January 16, 2013, 17:42

    We took an overnight train and arrived Dali (大理)the next morning.  The old town itself is actually about half an hour drive across vast farm fields at…

  • Kunming I, Yunnan, China by: Jenny

    January 15, 2013, 20:06

    After the company’s yearly celebration, the three of us restless souls spared no time and hopped on 6am Kunming (昆明)-bound flight; this is where the fun…

  • New Year Gatherings by: Jenny

    January 14, 2013, 20:14

    Sorry for another two weeks of break, I went to Yunnan for vacation and just got back.  I will post all the pix as soon as possible. My aunt came back…

  • Right before the New Year, Beijing Snow, New Metro by: Jenny

    January 8, 2013, 22:28

    Beijing snowed!  Looking out the snowy intersection from my fifth floor window Usually these signs are placed well within the sidewalks, some big…

  • Prince Gong's Mansion by: Jenny

    December 29, 2012, 01:00

    We passed by this ancient drug store Tong Rentang in nicely build traditional Chinese courtyard, we thought this was the original drug store from some 300…

  • Apartment Hunting 2, Fried soybean sauce noodles by: Jenny

    December 19, 2012, 22:55

    Don’t know how I have lived some 15 years ago, my live was drastically changed when I couldn’t connect to an internet for some two weeks.  For one thing,…

  • Random stuff in Wuhan by: Jenny

    December 9, 2012, 20:13

    (Sorry guys, I went to a lot of places for my visa and just recently moved, so I did not have a lot of time to sort out my pictures.  Not to mention I was out…

  • Tea-tasting, badminton, messages… by: Jenny

    December 1, 2012, 21:46

    Though I’m not a super fanatic, but my workplace had a tea-tasting session, it’s just hard to pass up free stuff, especially during work The…

  • Hong Kong Visa Run by: Jenny

    November 25, 2012, 23:00

    Though I am one of those few folks prefer the endless prairie in Mongolia than a bustling world-class city, Hong Kong, I had to go to Hong Kong for my work…

  • Eating around Wuhan by: Jenny

    November 17, 2012, 10:39

    They say that hot and dry noodles is a Wuhan specialty.  Well I didn’t feel it that way till I went to Beijing.  Now that I’m here, time to enjoy it…

  • Chicken Claws, Chicken Heads, and All that by: Jenny

    November 8, 2012, 23:15

    My aunt cooked me chicken claws (or the so-called phoenix claws in Chinese) the other day.  I knew that we, Chinese, love these stuff, but so far I…

  • Apartment Searching and Swing Dancing by: Jenny

    October 28, 2012, 23:30

    First thing first, I got off my feet to search for an apartment.  I found this one for just 1500 per  month, but it is in an apartment outside the…

  • First Week in Beijing, Internet, Lindyhop, etc. by: Jenny

    October 21, 2012, 00:32

    Femi was right on my troublemaking skills…. I had internet problem in my aunt’s house, while I was fixing this problem, I broke their connection as…

  • Going to Shashi, Moving to BeiJing by: Jenny

    October 14, 2012, 22:46

    I  met a lot of relatives in Shashi, granted I got somewhere around 200 of them.  One of my numerous aunt (she’s 8 years older than me) invited me to…

  • Chinese Bus Dramas by: Jenny

    October 3, 2012, 11:45

    When it comes luck during the busiest holiday traffic season, I am always out of luck in getting myself to somewhere.  This time – as I should have known…

  • Pre Mid-Autumn Festival and National Holiday by: Jenny

    September 30, 2012, 11:27

    Someone in my office got married last weekend.  Apparently when you get married in China you should pass around candies – of course I was the first one…

  • Grandma is Leaving Her Apartment… by: Jenny

    September 23, 2012, 21:48

    The other day mom told me her decision to move my grandma to her sister’s house in Shashi, her hometown 5 hours away from here.  “What about her apartment?…

  • Hong Kong, China for a Visa-Run Weekend by: Jenny

    September 18, 2012, 23:00

    From all the report I got, I’d love to visit Hong Kong.  That being said, I wasn’t overly thrilled to take out unnecessary workdays from my new job to…

  • Before and After Starting My First Translation Job by: Jenny

    September 4, 2012, 23:09

    Ok, first, I must admit that I’m not your true 100% native English speaker, but I got a translation job as a native English translator! Coincidence? …

  • First Month in China by: Jenny

    August 26, 2012, 19:21

    Woot!  I can’t believe its already been a month since I rushed myself to China.  I was going to move to China in August – right about now – after…

  • Updates on My Blog - Machu Picchu Photos by: Jenny

    August 9, 2012, 13:44

    After a month of laboring on moving my Facebook photos over to this blog, I am finally done with the photos and annotations on first leg of my trip on…

  • Foreign Girl wanted for office job (Caucasian preferred) - Interested anyone? by: Jenny

    August 2, 2012, 10:00

    Just found this job post on echinacities.com: http://jobs.echinacities.com/showjob-162443.html *************************************************************…

  • Possibility of Teaching English for Free by: Jenny

    July 28, 2012, 12:22

    I thought about this for a while, since I can't really teach English in China as an Asian American, why can't I just tutor some kids for free and try to get…

  • The Most Frustrating Internet by: Jenny

    July 26, 2012, 22:11

    China has by far the most frustrating internet service - I haven't been to middle east so I can't attest that in comparison.  For little as -15 a month you…

  • My $$ Hungry Uncle in China by: Jenny

    July 25, 2012, 01:40

    These days were not only the stress of my grandma's health problems, but also the stress of my grandma's house.   A couple years ago my parents bought this…

  • The China Rush by: Jenny

    July 21, 2012, 16:35

    It still feels like a dream... 10 days ago I was still dreaming about Hui's wedding, the wine tour in Wala Wala Valley, and the upcoming dance events.... and…

  • Dancing class in Terry's studio by: Jenny

    July 8, 2012, 18:39

    Terry teaching guys the basic 6-counts west coast swing Last night one of the master dancers asked me to join his class in his studio today... "So... is…

  • WWW–Wild Wild Westie Weekend by: Jenny

    July 3, 2012, 15:27

    I always wondered how Ben Morris danced in real life so here is my chance, he came to Dallas for one weekend of workshop and fun.   Like a usual workshop…

  • Dallas Pro-Am Jam by: Jenny

    May 28, 2012, 11:36

    I had an awesome time working and dancing at DFW ProAm Jam... danced till I see double and my legs about to melt to the floor with every additional spin....…

  • My visit to Sandunga by: Jenny

    May 23, 2012, 11:29

    This dance studio is not that new to me, but since I never really stayed with my parents, now coming back after a year of travel everything felt so new to…

  • Chinese Choir Performance in Plano by: Jenny

    April 28, 2012, 20:23

    Mom has been mentioning about this Chinese choir performance at a local church every quarter and she really liked the menu on this coming up one.  With the…

  • Dallas Hair Show by: Jenny

    April 16, 2012, 11:16

    “I need a hair cut…” This is not the first time I told myself the sad truth on this trip… and finally I’m coming home after a year on the road.  So…

  • Lima, Peru II by: Jenny

    April 5, 2012, 20:06

    It feels like a full circle when I saw Verena, the first girl I met on this trip, here in Lima, the last city before wrapping up my Pantagonia travel this…

  • Chauchilla, Paredones Aqua ducts, Peru by: Jenny

    April 2, 2012, 22:46

    While in Nazca, I met an Israeli that morning before going to take my plane tour. “Are you going take the plane tour?” I asked him. “No, but…

  • Nazca Lines, Peru by: Jenny

    April 2, 2012, 19:27

    Before coming to Nazca, I’ve heard many things about Nazca Lines on top of its already well-known  shapes conjugated from their disarray of endless…

  • Colca Valley and Colca Canyon, Peru by: Jenny

    April 1, 2012, 11:21

    Like many places in Andes, National Park Lauca was just another world wonder sent its visitors lost in time. After Lauca, I was going to stay in Arica for…

  • National Park Lauca, Chile by: Jenny

    March 31, 2012, 11:36

    The Footprint guidebook named this place as "one of the most spectacular national parks in Chile". Well, this writer pretty much got me on my feet to check…

  • La Paz, Bolivia by: Jenny

    March 27, 2012, 10:24

    Running into a highway riot just 2 hours from La Paz on my 26-hour journey from Salta is not as an easy matter as I have expected. I read and heard about…

  • Tiwanaku Ruins, Bolivia by: Jenny

    March 27, 2012, 10:15

    I first read about Tiwanaku while planning on La Paz. My Footprint travel guide dedicated an entire page describing how important it is both historically…

  • Purmamarca, Argentina by: Jenny

    March 25, 2012, 10:12

    I was quite hesitant to ride long-hour buses to go to La Paz.  To break this 26 hours journey, I stopped by a little village Purmamarca, known for its…

  • Salta, Argentina by: Jenny

    March 24, 2012, 10:10

    I have heard so many good things about Salta that I had to come for a visit.  As one of the biggest cities in Argentina and close to colonial Bolivia,…

  • Quilmes, Argentina by: Jenny

    March 23, 2012, 10:07

    Another reason why I wanted to stop by El Cafayate – Quilmes ruin was not too far away from here.  According to the Footprint my travel guidebook: “…

  • El Cafayate, Argentina by: Jenny

    March 22, 2012, 10:02

    The first stop after getting out of Paraguay was Formosa, a small Argentinian town right on the border with south of Paraguay.  I got dropped off here in…

  • Circuito de Oro, Paraguay by: Jenny

    March 20, 2012, 09:51

    My 4 hour bus ride from Ciudad del Este to here turned into a 9 hour nightmare. First, the bus went very slow (like 30kph) then it broken down 5 times.…

  • Iguazu Falls, Argentina by: Jenny

    March 18, 2012, 08:02

    I have been waiting for this day for a long time.  I have heard so much about this waterfall and it is definitely very fulfilling day. This is one of…

  • Ciudad del Este and Itaipu Dam, Paraguay by: Jenny

    March 17, 2012, 07:50

    It doesn’t take long to visit the 2nd biggest dam in the world.  Since the tour was done mostly in Spanish, I didn’t really understand most of tour…

  • Jesús de Tavarangüé, Paraguay by: Jenny

    March 16, 2012, 07:48

    After walking around in the Trinidad in the morning, we hitched a local’s car to Jesús de Tavarangüé.  On our way there we talked with the local who…

  • Santísima Trinidad del Paraná, Paraguay by: Jenny

    March 15, 2012, 00:25

    Our next stop in Paraguay is Encarnation, which served as a major base visiting Jesuit ruins South of Paraguay, we decided to take a chance to look for a…

  • Asuncion, Paraguay by: Jenny

    March 14, 2012, 00:08

    We spent almost 20 hours on the bus to cross the hot and dry Chaco region north west of Paraguay – thank god mostly on paved roads.  When we got in this…

  • Villamonte, Bolivia by: Jenny

    March 12, 2012, 21:25

    The normal way of going to Asuncion in Paraguay involves taking a 16-hour of bus north to Santa Cruz, the biggest city and the main junction for transportation…

  • Sucre, Bolivia, Part II by: Jenny

    March 10, 2012, 20:57

    After walking around Sucre for a day, we decided to take some small excursions to the surrounding areas.  We heard about this Castillo de la Glorieta…

  • Sucre, Bolivia Part I by: Jenny

    March 9, 2012, 22:07

    We were late for the last bus leaving from Potosí last night and had to take a taxi to Sucre.  The hostel told us if we could find two other people…

  • Potosí, Bolivia, Part II - and the rest of it by: Jenny

    March 8, 2012, 11:38

    After the mine tour, we went around the beautiful colonial Potosí before finding ourselves late for the bus going to Sucre for the day and boarding…

  • Potosí, Bolivia, Part I - Mine Tour by: Jenny

    March 8, 2012, 08:00

    With the recommendations from our tour driver, we signed up with a reliable bus company for a bus from Uyuni to Potosí at 10am.  We arrived at the bus…

  • Salar del Uyuni, Bolivia by: Jenny

    March 6, 2012, 21:55

    We were lucky that we had to wake at 4:30am and get out around 5am since most of the groups queued ahead of us had to wake up earlier than that.  I did…

  • Uyuni, Bolivia by: Jenny

    March 6, 2012, 21:39

    We made to Uyuni around early afternoon.  As soon as we settled in a hotel, he settled down to sleep off his altitude sickness and I went around the town…

  • Reserva Nacional Eduardo Avaroa Part II, Bolivia by: Jenny

    March 5, 2012, 21:29

    Pavel felt sick from altitude last evening.  We didn’t know tired we were till we hit our pillow on our concrete hostel bed with five layers of blankets…

  • Reserva Nacional Eduardo Avaroa Part I, Bolivia by: Jenny

    March 4, 2012, 21:19

    From San Pedro de Atacama, we wanted a three-four day tour to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.  Though it will only cost half of the price to see Uyuni if…

  • El Tatio Geysers, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile by: Jenny

    March 3, 2012, 17:17

    We had to wake up and be ready for the tour around 4:30am. Somehow my alarm did not work that morning. However I was nervous enough that I woke up –…

  • Valle De La Luna, Chile by: Jenny

    March 2, 2012, 20:59

    After walking around Toconao, the village made from white volcanic stones not far from San Pedro de Atacama, we managed to catch up with a tour to Valle de…

  • San Pedro de Atacama, Chile by: Jenny

    March 1, 2012, 20:50

    We decided to go to the northern part of the desert via Santiago instead of going through Salta since the bus ticket in Argentina was much more expensive. …

  • Mendoza, Argentina by: Jenny

    February 28, 2012, 20:39

    We got in Mondoza late that night, and we were fortunately enough to have an entire hostel dorm to ourselves.  It was a pretty nice hostel too.  The next…

  • Aconcagua, Argentina by: Jenny

    February 27, 2012, 16:37

    We planned to arrive Mendoza by the next night.  However, we want to stop by Aconcagua national park in between Santiago and Mendoza to see the highest…

  • Santiago, Chile Part II - San Cristóbal park and the rest of it by: Jenny

    February 26, 2012, 15:03

    Last night there was a huge concert somewhere on the back of our hostel.  Though the mansion was pretty big that we couldn't hear anything while sleeping…

  • Santiago, Chile part I - Free tours and all that by: Jenny

    February 25, 2012, 20:26

    It took us a while to find our famous mansion hostel since it has moved into another mansion for renovation, but the other mansion was pretty good as well…

  • Pucón & Parque Nacional Huerquehue, Chile by: Jenny

    February 24, 2012, 22:37

    It wasn't till the end of Kayak we found out that we were badly sunburned from staying out on the lake for 8 hours.  Pavel was red from head to toe.  As…

  • Petrohué, the Lake District, Chile by: Jenny

    February 22, 2012, 21:09

    We read about this little village Petrohué, which is at the foot of Volcano Osorno built on the ashes from the Volcano.  The village is right next to…

  • Puerto Varas, Chile by: Jenny

    February 20, 2012, 00:40

    What a refreshing way to ease ourselves back into civilization after weeks of trekking in the mountains and traversing among the villages! Whenever I was…

  • Castro, Chile by: Jenny

    February 19, 2012, 20:58

    We took a boat from Chaiten to come to here and found our nightmare in Chaiten repeating itself –all the cheap hotels and hostels were booked full. …

  • Qeuelat, La Hunta, Chaiten - Carretera Austral, Chile by: Jenny

    February 18, 2012, 20:55

    Our next destination is Qeuelat National Park for its hanging glaciers.  We had to get to Coyhaique and then from there take a bus to Puyuhuapi, a village…

  • Cerro Castillo, Carretera Austral, Chile by: Jenny

    February 14, 2012, 14:14

    Unlike our previous attempts, we successfully found a ride as soon as we tried on our first attempt. A Dutch elderly couple stopped their rental car as we…

  • Puerto Guadal, Carretera Austral, Chile by: Jenny

    February 12, 2012, 14:03

    The view along the lake from Chile Chico to Puerto Guadal is one word-spectacular!  With the lake surrounded by snowcapped mountains, and the sunset rays…

  • Chile Chico, Carretera Austral, Chile by: Jenny

    February 11, 2012, 21:31

    "This reminds me of Coatia!" Pavel awed looking at the sky blue water under him, "the water is so much prettier than on the Argentina side." We arrived…

  • Hitchhiking from El Chalten, Argentina to Chile Chico, Chile by: Jenny

    February 9, 2012, 11:33

    After El Chalten we are expected on our way to the hardest part of journey - Carretera Austral, or the coast of southern tip of Chile. The famous Ruta 40…

  • El Chalten II - Lago Tores, Argentina by: Jenny

    February 7, 2012, 11:26

    When people say Torres del Paine was one of the most amazing places in the world, I'm glad that they left room for reservation. I am not the only one who…

  • El Chalten I - Lago Los Tres & Piedras Blancas Glacier, Argentina by: Jenny

    February 6, 2012, 00:42

    When people say Torres del Paine was one of the most amazing places in the world, I'm glad that they left room for reservation. I am not the only one who…

  • Glacier Perito Moreno by: Jenny

    February 5, 2012, 00:27

    The second day in El Calafate we went our separate ways to see glaciers around El Calafate.  Pavel wanted to see all of the featured glaciers in the area…

  • El Calafate, Argentina by: Jenny

    February 4, 2012, 23:45

    As the gateway to the famous Glacier Perito Moreno, El Calafate is know as a tourist town.  We met up with Henry and arrived there late night. It wasn't…

  • Torres del Paine, Chile - Day 3 & 4 by: Jenny

    February 2, 2012, 01:12

    The later 2 days of our stay was a little more pleasant, but nevertheless challenging. We had a very windy but stunning views of Lago Nordenskjold with…

  • Torres del Paine Day 1 & 2, Chile by: Jenny

    January 31, 2012, 00:29

    The first day on Torres del Paine was pure walking around the stunning Lake Nordenskjold to Camp Cuernos, which is the first camp at the base of French…

  • Puerto Natales, Chile by: Jenny

    January 30, 2012, 22:52

    After a rather "boring" stay in Punta Arenas, we were immediately impressed upon arrival of this picturesque town.  Sitting on the huge blue lake…

  • Punta Arenas, Chile by: Jenny

    January 29, 2012, 11:56

    After Antarctica cruise was the realities of the challenges for traveling the next leg of Pantagonia, but I was delighted to meet Pavel who I have met in…

  • Antarctica Part X - King George Island by: Jenny

    January 28, 2012, 21:12

    After a week of staying together under one roof, I haven’t felt such a comradeship in a long time.  People started passing around their souvenirs,…

  • Antarctica Part IX - Aitcho Island by: Jenny

    January 27, 2012, 21:03

    I always like to pronounce it as if you were gonna sneeze “achoo!”..  This is a tiny island in middle of a series of big islands off Antarctica…

  • Antarctica Part VIII - Deception Island by: Jenny

    January 27, 2012, 20:09

    I first read about the Deception Island while wondering around the decks during the Drake Passage.  The introduction of the island sounded fascinating: a…

  • Antarctica Part VII - Spigot Point by: Jenny

    January 26, 2012, 20:03

    We’ve seen andelee penguins, we’ve seen gentoo penguins.  The captain told us that we won’t miss out the chinstrap penguins.  After a very steep…

  • Antarctica Part VI - Dorian Bay by: Jenny

    January 26, 2012, 18:05

    After we settled ourselves on the ship, it wasn’t long till we heard our ship’s engine stop.  The next morning, we were led up to the top of Dorian…

  • Antarctica Part V - Port Lockroy by: Jenny

    January 25, 2012, 18:04

    We were going to visit this place the next day morning, but our original afternoon landing is blocked by severe weather, so we had to cancel the landing. …

  • Antarctica Part IV - Mikkelsen Island by: Jenny

    January 25, 2012, 17:45

    The guide introduced Mikkelsen island as one of the Argentinian shelter islands.  According to Wikipedia, the island is discovered by the French Antarctic…

  • Antarctica Part III - Brown Bluff by: Jenny

    January 24, 2012, 21:25

    The staff promised to bring us to gentoo penguins place, and our next place, a spot on Antarctica continent called Brown Bluff, is the home of gentoo…

  • Antarctica Part II - Paulet Island by: Jenny

    January 24, 2012, 15:08

    I still remember our excitements before landing on our first Antarctic shore.  Everyone was super excited to when we were handed our parkas and boots in…

  • Antarctica I Drake Passage by: Jenny

    January 23, 2012, 13:46

    …feels like a dream I wanted to come here for so long, and even when I was already on the ship, I felt murphy’s law may want to join us…. Then…

  • Beagle Channel Tour, Ushuaia, Argentina by: Jenny

    January 20, 2012, 21:20

    The girl whom I met in the park recommended a boat company that gives tours to the beagle channel and Herberton ranch.  Following her direction, I found…

  • Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina by: Jenny

    January 19, 2012, 21:14

    My couchsurfing host is a tour guide for this park. While exploring the park I bump into him working with a family of tourists.  I felt like there were…

  • Ushuaia, Argentina by: Jenny

    January 18, 2012, 21:10

    I was quite worried coming in this town without any information about my couchsurfing host’s whereabouts.  He sounded quite enthusiastic when he…

  • Gaiman, Argentina by: Jenny

    January 16, 2012, 13:09

    Our trip to Punta Tombo has an optional stop to Gaiman for its tea, but I was the only one wanting to try its Welsh teas passed on by its Welsh immigrants…

  • Dolphin Watching in Puerto Rawson & Penguin Colony in Punta Tombo by: Jenny

    January 16, 2012, 12:56

    I heard that you could see the biggest penguin colony outside of Antarctica in here and I decided to check it out.  It was my first time seeing penguins…

  • Peninsula Valdés, Argentina by: Jenny

    January 15, 2012, 22:09

    I booked a tour from my hostel and next day I was on my way to see my first set of penguins, sea lions, elephant seals, and numerous what I used to think…

  • Puerto Madryn, Argentina by: Jenny

    January 14, 2012, 21:59

    I got robbed the second time within 10 days after the New Years here.  When I got to the hostel here I found everything in my backpack was upside down -…

  • Cerro Ventana, Argentina by: Jenny

    January 13, 2012, 13:17

    It was after arriving Sierra de la Ventana that I realized the national park is still some miles away.  There were two parts of this park, the "Ventana"…

  • Sierra de la Ventana, Argentina by: Jenny

    January 12, 2012, 09:38

    I bumped into a campsite recommended on my Footprint guidebook after walking from the bus station for half an hour. Since it is right next to a river, I…

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pt VIII by: Jenny

    January 11, 2012, 20:25

    While in Uruguay, my replaced credit cards arrived to Pablo’s house.  So the first thing upon arrival is making to his parents’ house in the suburb to…

  • Colonia, Uruguay by: Jenny

    January 10, 2012, 20:21

    From Punta de Este, I had to take a bus going back to Montevideo then another bus back to Colonia for a boat to Buenos Aires.  My first bus was a bit late…

  • Punta de Este, Uruguay by: Jenny

    January 9, 2012, 20:18

    This beach town is one of the primary vacation destinations for Uruguayans.  Since this is the peak vacation time of the year, this expensive town is…

  • Montevideo, Uruguay by: Jenny

    January 8, 2012, 20:16

    I had a hard time looking for a place to stay in Uruguay.  Since I planned to stay in Montevideo for two nights, I really wanted to stay with a local. …

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina, Part VII - Costenera Wildlife Reserv by: Jenny

    January 6, 2012, 21:54

    The big park off the bank of downtown always has this allure of mystery to an explorer like me.  I planned to visit here a couple days ago but my wallet…

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina, Part VI - La Bomba de Tiempo by: Jenny

    January 5, 2012, 21:43

    Couchsurfing organized a meetup at a free La Bomba de Tiempo concert. Apparently every month La Bomba held a concert and afterparty attracting locals and…

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina, Part V - Recoleta Cemetery by: Jenny

    January 5, 2012, 21:36

    Though I wasn’t quite aware of its significance in the beginning, after seeing the grandeur of it from the top of Recoleta Mall next to the cemetery, I…

  • Buenos Aires Part IV - Random Dramas by: Jenny

    January 2, 2012, 21:37

    Second day of Spanish school, I am moving from Pablo’s apartment to my next host, Ezequiel’s apartment, which is near down town.  Since I was carrying…

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina Part III - San Telmo Market by: Jenny

    January 1, 2012, 21:29

    I met another local couchsurfer online and he told me about the Sunday market at San Telmo district in downtown.  Though it was a bit late in the day,…

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina Part II - New Years Eve by: Jenny

    December 31, 2011, 21:28

    Pablo, my Couchsurfing host, organized a New Years Eve party at a central park in Palermo, a trendy middle class neighborhood.  Apparently a lot of…

  • Buenos Aires Part I - Tigre by: Jenny

    December 30, 2011, 21:14

    I’m glad that my couchhost is also a traveler who is a local to Buenos Aires.  When Pablo asked me where I wanted to visit, I told him when I read his…

  • Rosario, Argentina by: Jenny

    December 29, 2011, 21:10

    After visiting Alta Gracia, I felt like tracing Che Guevara’s footsteps by coming to his birthplace Rosario.  Though I didn’t really have a chance to…

  • Alta Gracia, Argentina by: Jenny

    December 27, 2011, 20:53

    This was the first place I heard about Che Guevara – I guess by growing up in the States either his name never showed up on our textbooks or I just plain…

  • Paragliding in La Cumbre, Argentina by: Jenny

    December 26, 2011, 20:50

    I read about paragliding in La Cumber and have been thinking about it for a while.  My hostel told me that they got connections and next thing I knew I…

  • Cordoba, Argentina by: Jenny

    December 25, 2011, 19:38

    Since all the shops were closed on Christmas, I decided to take a bus to Cordova.  I got in that afternoon and picked out a hostel from the list on…

  • Tafí del Valle, Argentina by: Jenny

    December 24, 2011, 19:41

    I heard about this place when I got into Tucuman.  Apparently this is a vacation town for the locals.  Many wealthy people from the area have their…

  • Tucuman, Argentina by: Jenny

    December 23, 2011, 19:41

    Tucuman reminded me of WuHan, the city where I was born - lots of people, lots of traffic and lots of chaos.  On the other hand, I was quite happy to stay…

  • Journey from Bolivia to Argentina by: Jenny

    December 21, 2011, 22:32

    I saw the last seat going to Uyuni sold right in front of me the evening when I arrived to La Paz.  The next choice is either to stay in La Paz for a…

  • Isla de Sol, Copacabana, Bolivia by: Jenny

    December 20, 2011, 21:38

    I was going to take a bus to Copacabana but then my hostel hostess told me there is a German girl also going to Copacabana and wants to be with someone to…

  • Islands of Uros and Taquile, Puno, Peru by: Jenny

    December 18, 2011, 20:25

    I got to my hostel early next morning.  The owner of the hostel was very friendly.  After they realize that I do not want to take a tour to Lake Titicaca…

  • Sacred Valley V - Pisac, Peru by: Jenny

    December 17, 2011, 20:19

    I could see the forts of Pisac at the bottom of the mountain, but I spent 2 hours of straight up the steep hill to get to the top of Pisac.  I almost…

  • Sacred Valley IV - Salineras Salt Mine by: Jenny

    December 17, 2011, 20:10

    Since I did not make to Morrey the first day, I wanted to go to Morrey the next day.  However I had a hard time finding enough people to split a taxi ride…

  • Sacred Valley III - Ollantaytambo, Peru by: Jenny

    December 16, 2011, 20:02

    I tried to contact the Japanese guy I met on the plane to Cuzco but he did not reply.  It was after all his recommendation to visit this place where he…

  • Sacred Valley II, Chinchera, Peru by: Jenny

    December 16, 2011, 19:59

    Next day I started my journey from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo, stopping on the way several ruins.  Apparently Cuzco has several bus stations depending on…

  • Sacre Valley I - Sacsayhuaman("sexy woman") and the Stay in Cusco by: Jenny

    December 15, 2011, 19:44

    For the next week in Cuzco, I stayed at a local family’s home and studied at a Spanish school 4 hours a day.  There were two other students in my class,…

  • Aguas Calientes, Peru by: Jenny

    December 11, 2011, 13:49

    I stayed on the Manchu Picchu for a whole day and did not get to my hostel in Aguas Calientes till late afternoon.  After putting down my bags I immediatel…

  • Machu Picchu by: Jenny

    December 10, 2011, 13:11

    This is finally it, the man itself. After 3 days of climbing up and down through mountains and valley, we are finally here - by the good'o Inca's way.…

  • Inca Trail Day 4 - the Sun Gate by: Jenny

    December 10, 2011, 13:09

    We thought since most likely the sun won't come out tomorrow, we could sleep in instead of waking up at 3am. But the guide told us that the porters has to…

  • Inca Trail Day 3 - Cloud Forest by: Jenny

    December 9, 2011, 09:22

    We all wondered how could you bake a cake in the middle of nowhere, and that's what our porters did that morning.  We had a carrot cake as part of our…

  • Inca Trail Day 2 - The Hardest Climb and The Highest Point by: Jenny

    December 8, 2011, 09:07

    Since this is the hardest day on my monthly and it is also the hardest part of Inca trek, the guide tried to convince me to hire a porter instead.  I told…

  • Inca Trail Day 1 - Inca Plains by: Jenny

    December 7, 2011, 23:03

    The first day was mostly Inca Plains, we passed numerous villages on the trail where we could get additional supplies.  As the afternoon approached, there…

  • Cuzco, Peru  by: Jenny

    December 5, 2011, 21:20

    Instead of taking a 24-hour bus, I took the easy way out and flew Peru Star to the tiny airport in Cuzco.   On the plane I met a friendly Japanese who…

  • Lima, Peru by: Jenny

    December 4, 2011, 21:14

    I would never fly with Spirit Airlines again!   Knowing that Spirit usually gives Americans a hard time for buying a one way ticket to South America, I…

  • TianJin, China by: Jenny

    October 4, 2011, 16:16

    Having the worst time crossing the border so far, I did not know that registration in Mongolia was such a big deal - they did not care about that in Russia…

  • Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part VI - Hustai National Park by: Jenny

    September 24, 2011, 16:04

    We had a big argument about either driving to some place with domestic horses tomorrow and ride horses or drove a whole day and get to Hustai National Park…

  • Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part V - Flaming Cliff by: Jenny

    September 23, 2011, 15:52

    Reading Tim's Dragon Hunter, a story about Roy Andrew's encounters in discovering Flaming Cliffs, during our tour definitely helped me to appreciate this…

  • Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part IV - Singing Dunes by: Jenny

    September 22, 2011, 15:36

    This is the most fun part of this tour - we get to ride camels, yay!  To my surprise, the camels here are a lot bigger than the ones I rode in Africa,…

  • Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part III - Yol Canyon by: Jenny

    September 20, 2011, 14:44

    After having a restless sleep on top of a couple rocks under my mattress, we set out for our next destination - Yol Canyon. Passing through a couple towns…

  • Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part II - White Cliffs by: Jenny

    September 19, 2011, 23:38

    After a restful evening we set out for our next destination of the day... I was hoping to see pure crystal white rocks hanging high above us (like…

  • Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part I - Minor Baga Gazaryn Chuluu by: Jenny

    September 18, 2011, 23:00

    Since Gobi hardly has transportation, I signed myself up for a small group tour with 5 other backpackers. "How could this be a desert, there are still…

  • Ulan-Bator Winter Palace, Mongolia by: Jenny

    September 16, 2011, 23:43

    The overnight bus from Murun back to UB was one of the most memorable bus ride I had so far.  On our way out of Murun we were hit by another snow storm. …

  • Trip from Khatgal to Murun, Mongolia by: Jenny

    September 14, 2011, 23:24

    After that night of snow storm, every tourist who could get out was on their way out of Khatgal.  Me and Dong booked the earliest micro going out of the…

  • Khövsgöl Lake, Mongolia by: Jenny

    September 12, 2011, 23:21

    In Khatgal (pronounced as “hot gal”) MS Hostel I met a Vietnamese trekker Dong and we decided to trek along the westside of the lake together.  Though…

  • Crazy Adventures from Tariat to Muron, Mongolia by: Jenny

    September 10, 2011, 23:58

    Having the craziest adventure of my life - after a horse trip around the white lake, I tried to hitch a car to Moron and almost got myself in a fight with…

  • Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur (Great White Lake), Mongolia by: Jenny

    September 8, 2011, 23:02

    Following Joe’s contact, We got in touch with an English teacher named Tunga.  She helped me to arrange a car to her house in Tariat, the nearest town…

  • Teserleg, Mongolia by: Jenny

    September 6, 2011, 22:54

    From Kharkhorin, I wanted to go to hot springs in Tsenher, which is just 25 kilometers out from Teserleg.  At first, it looked like Tsenher hot springs is…

  • Kharkhorin, Mongolia by: Jenny

    August 31, 2011, 20:49

    I was assigned to a seat next to a taped-up 100%-shattered window.  Since I do not feel comfortable sitting in front of such an imminent danger, I swapped…

  • Ulan-Bator, Mongolia by: Jenny

    August 26, 2011, 20:26

    My first day in Mongolia was quite an adjustment from all of the travel I have experienced - dusty, gray, with endless chaos from its unruly traffic.  I…

  • Ulan-Ude, Russia by: Jenny

    August 24, 2011, 21:18

    Besides having the biggest Lenin’s head in the world, this is probably the cleanest town in Siberia.  My little warm hostel was right next to Lenin’s…

  • Irkutsk, Russia by: Jenny

    August 23, 2011, 18:39

    I didn’t get back to Irkusk till the day that my train had to leave from Irkusk to Ulan-Ude.  That morning I took a 7 hour bus from Olkhon Island and…

  • Boat Tour around the Lake Baikal, Russia by: Jenny

    August 22, 2011, 18:17

    I was quite hesitant staying on the island for the next day since it was forecasted rain that day, but by the time I hit the booking office, all the buses…

  • Lake Baikal/Olkhon Island, Russia by: Jenny

    August 21, 2011, 18:35

    I heard about this island on Lake Baikal the first night I have arrived Russia.  Vashek, a Czech who speaks fluent Russian, told me about this island in…

  • Krasnoyarsk, Russia by: Jenny

    August 18, 2011, 20:34

    I have arrived in Krasnoyarsk, and I finally remembered how to say "Krasnoyarsk" in Russian right before jumping off the train - thanks to a Russian family…

  • Omsk, Russia by: Jenny

    August 17, 2011, 20:33

    So it was said that Siberia has some of the most hospitable couch hosts, and I had the fortune to spend some time with one.   Tanya worked in a newspaper…

  • Yekaterinburg, Russia by: Jenny

    August 13, 2011, 19:29

    Before coming to Russia, I read a lot of materials on the murder of the last Tzar family.  Needless to say Yekaterinburg is a must stop for my fascination…

  • Perm, Russia by: Jenny

    August 12, 2011, 11:11

    I couldn’t find any hostel in Perm and Omsk so I looked for couches on couchsurfing.com in these two places.  To my surprise, both hosts accepted me…

  • Kungur Ice Cave, Perm Region, Russia by: Jenny

    August 11, 2011, 11:27

    I read about this ice cave from Lonely Planet before and someone recommended to visit there if I have some time in Perm.  So next day I tried to catch a…

  • Suzdal, Russia  by: Jenny

    August 9, 2011, 23:12

    After a restful evening, I went to the bus station for Suzdal the next morning.  Fortunately the bus station was just across from the train station so…

  • Vladmir (pronounced as "vedeeeemer"), Russia by: Jenny

    August 9, 2011, 22:58

    I been wanting to go to Suzdal and Vladmir after Moscow but I was sort of running out of time.   Since there is no direct train going to Suzdal, I…

  • Moscow part III - Kremlin & Novodevichy Convent by: Jenny

    August 7, 2011, 11:43

    The waiting for a day to make the appointment to the bell tower was well worth it. I was also scheduled to visit the Diamond Fund museum right before it.…

  • Moscow Part II -Lenin & the Parks by: Jenny

    August 6, 2011, 10:34

    "If you don't have a lot of time to visit Moscow, at least visit Lenin's Mausoleum!" So I was told that even after hearing his names so many times in my…

  • Moscow Part I - St. Basil's Cathedral & State History Museum by: Jenny

    August 5, 2011, 10:00

    Since I’ve never taken a Russian train before, my hostel host was kind enough to walk with me to my train across the street and show me where everything…

  • Vyborg, Russia by: Jenny

    August 4, 2011, 21:22

    That night when I came into St. Petersburg from Helsinki, I met a British teacher named Joss who is currently teaching English in St. Petersburg.  Since…

  • St. Petersburg Part V - Hermitage/ Winter Palace by: Jenny

    August 3, 2011, 20:57

    This used to be the royal family’s winter palace. Much like the French with Louvre, after the communists killed the royal family, they turned this palace…

  • St. Petersburg Part IV- Yusopov Palace & Troopers Day in the Park by: Jenny

    August 2, 2011, 20:05

    I spent entire morning working on my transiberian travel bookings, and I’m glad my efforts were not in vain.  Since I don’t speak Russian (and…

  • Peterhof, Russia by: Jenny

    August 1, 2011, 21:09

    This used to be royal family’s grand summer palace. It is Tzar’s attempt to imitate Versailles in Russia (so it wasn’t too surprising that they ended…

  • St. Petersburg Part III - Vasilievsky & Bridge Opening(from boat) by: Jenny

    July 31, 2011, 15:23

    Vasilievsky is a mostly-residential island just across from the downtown St. Petersburg. This place was the original spot where Peter the Great wanted to…

  • St. Petersburg II- Peter and Paul Fortress & Bridge Opening (top) by: Jenny

    July 30, 2011, 09:28

    Peter and Paul Fortress was well worth a whole day of visit. It has a few neat museums inside the fortress, a cathedral which houses remainds of most of…

  • St. Petersburg Part I - Nevsky Prospekt by: Jenny

    July 29, 2011, 09:16

    Maybe because of the recent Oslo shooting incident, the only other foreigner and I  on the bus had a long investigation at the Finland-Russia border.  I…

  • Helsinki, Finland by: Jenny

    July 28, 2011, 08:22

    Nice Lutheran churches & big ice cream cones are pretty much the impression I got during my 2-day stay in Salla’s student apartment. I met Salla…

  • Oslo, Norway Part II by: Jenny

    July 27, 2011, 23:18

    Since a lot of touristy spots were closed, I got plenty of free time to roam around the city. Instead of visiting the royal palace, I decided to visit its…

  • Oslo, Norway Part I by: Jenny

    July 27, 2011, 23:16

    I was a bit unprepared coming to Oslo only two days after its shooting incidence. As its first timer Oslo will always be remembered as a city in deep shock…

  • Göteborg, Sweden by: Jenny

    July 26, 2011, 21:58

    I love Sweden, though I can’t say that I would be able to stay long in their super cold winter. Göteborg is just a typical Swedish city with its pretty…

  • Copenhagen, Denmark by: Jenny

    July 25, 2011, 21:34

    Unfortunately, Copenhagen will always be remembered as the city where I lost my best friend on this trip – my camera.  While video-taping the royal…

  • Bruges and Ghent, Belgium by: Jenny

    July 24, 2011, 15:51

    I happened to visit this part of Beligium on Belgium’s national holiday.  Almost everyone is on vacation and most of the shops were closed besides the…

  • Luxembourg City, Luxembourg by: Jenny

    July 23, 2011, 21:10

    I found the same victory lady standing on the edge of its city center as the one I found in ShangHai Expo.  At first I thought it was a joke, then I…

  • Brussels, Belgium by: Jenny

    July 22, 2011, 15:48

    I was going to stop by Luxembourg on my way to Brussels. Not long after quietly getting out of Anne’s quaint little apartment in Frankfurt, I found…

  • Frankfurt, Germany by: Jenny

    July 18, 2011, 18:52

    I have been trying to stop by Frankfurt in like forever because someone I met in Houston actually lived here. I was very happy to meet Anne again after she…

  • Berlin, Germany, Part II by: Jenny

    July 15, 2011, 18:38

    Before coming to Berlin and during my visit, I was recommended by several people to stop by this nondescript building named Tacheles. This is a deteriorated…

  • Berlin, Germany Part I by: Jenny

    July 14, 2011, 18:30

    I stayed at a large youth hostel on east end of Berlin, it was a little far out from the city center so it accommodated mostly folks with cars.  It was a…

  • Prague, Czech Republic, Part II by: Jenny

    July 12, 2011, 17:52

    Someone contacted me from Couchsurfing website regarding the lindyhop scene in Prague. Apparently, Prague does have a small lindy scene, but since it’s…

  • Karlštejn, Czech Republic by: Jenny

    July 11, 2011, 17:56

    I told my couchhost that if we could tour the city in one day, I would like to visit some country side during the other days of my stay. Karlštejn was the…

  • Prague, Czech Republic, Part I by: Jenny

    July 10, 2011, 17:34

    Fortunately, Poland has a new bus company that sells extremely cheap bus tickets. Following my hostel’s suggestion, I easily booked myself a bus going to…

  • Warsaw, Poland by: Jenny

    July 8, 2011, 16:47

    This city was actually a little out of way from my route, but after reading so many WWII related stuff I really thought that I should stop by here. Since the…

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland by: Jenny

    July 6, 2011, 16:08

    While in Krakow, I was recommended multiple times about this place. Apparently Wieliczka has been a salt mine for centuries and as they heavily advertised,…

  • Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Poland by: Jenny

    July 5, 2011, 04:06

    After studying a lot about Nazis in school, I heard about this place twice on this trip, both times the persons who told me about this place looked exceedingl…

  • Krakow, Poland by: Jenny

    July 5, 2011, 04:04

    For the train from Budapest to Krakow I have almost missed out my train - turned out that I have arrived the wrong train station and only had 15 minutes…

  • Budapest, Hungary, Part II by: Jenny

    July 4, 2011, 20:46

    Budapest is actually divided into two parts: Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube River. Most of the happenings – including my hostel- were located…

  • Budapest, Hungary part I by: Jenny

    July 1, 2011, 20:21

    Although Budapest has a reputation of rich history, I was surprised to find out its famous caves just underneath the city. After settled in my hostel just…

  • Bratislava, Slovakia by: Jenny

    June 29, 2011, 06:39

    While staying in Vienna, my couchsurfing host suggested me to visit Bratislava on a day trip since it’s only an hour from here and there are frequent…

  • Vienna, Austria Part II by: Jenny

    June 26, 2011, 10:27

    I decide to stay in Vienna a bit longer to visit some more palaces in the city. I really wanted to visit the inside of some of those grand buildings in the…

  • Vienna, Austria Part I by: Jenny

    June 26, 2011, 08:53

    Growing up with a passion in music, Vienna was always a place that I wanted to visit. However, after visiting Munich in Germany, Vienna seemed a little…

  • Bevarian Castle Tour, Munich, Germany by: Jenny

    June 25, 2011, 06:20

    On my way to Munich, I met some friendly Germans who suggested the Bavarian castles around Munich.  As soon as I landed Munich, I booked myself for a…

  • Munich, Germany by: Jenny

    June 23, 2011, 04:44

    I always heard good things about Munich from my father, whom had stayed there for a year and half working on a contract when I was little.  I remember…

  • Rhine Fall, Switzerland by: Jenny

    June 22, 2011, 04:39

    From Zurich, I decided to take a 3 hour train up to Munich in Germany - where my father had lived for a year and half working for a contract in Germany…

  • Zurich, Switzerland by: Jenny

    June 21, 2011, 04:21

    Zurich is not known as a popular tourist destination, but it is a banking and insurance hub so I had to pay my tribute to this city on this trip.  Like…

  • Jungfrau, Switzerland by: Jenny

    June 20, 2011, 04:07

    I was hoping for a clear day for Jungfrau and this Monday the weather report was clear... The ride going up there was very expensive but it wasn't…

  • Schilthorn, Switzerland by: Jenny

    June 19, 2011, 03:52

    I heard many good things about Schilthorn and Jungfrau peaks. Fortunately they have trains and cables going up so that no trekking gears is required. My…

  • Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland by: Jenny

    June 19, 2011, 03:35

    It's only half an hour by train up the mountains from Interlaken, this village served as a base point for many trekking trails and trains going up to…

  • Interlaken & Yodel Fest, Switzerland by: Jenny

    June 17, 2011, 02:47

    It doesn't take long for anyone to realize that Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries to travel in the world.  After seeing countless hostels…

  • Fribourg, Switzerland by: Jenny

    June 15, 2011, 02:11

    Lisa, an Australian girl in my hostel, told me about this interesting town in between Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. "Sure," I took up her idea right…

  • Bern, Switzerland by: Jenny

    June 15, 2011, 01:25

    Literally named after the bears in the region, this is capital of Switzerland maintained its usual composure of a small Swiss city.  Coming from Geneva on…

  • Geneva, Switzerland by: Jenny

    June 14, 2011, 01:08

    The first impression of Geneva was the unavailability of hostels and its pricey train ticket coming in. Since I couldn't find any hostel space for the night…

  • Lyon, France by: Jenny

    June 13, 2011, 23:32

    After visiting Bordeaux, I had to take an all-day train to the other side of France to visit Lyon.  Apparently France is like United States, every…

  • La Rochelle, France by: Jenny

    June 11, 2011, 20:27

    A pretty French beach town just 2 hours north of Bordeaux, it is known for its annual diving competitions from its two castle towers that guarded its port…

  • Médoc Wine Tasting and Couchsurfers, Bordeaux, France by: Jenny

    June 10, 2011, 20:23

    For each day of the week, Bordeaux tourist office organizes a wine tasting tour to a different part of its wine production regions. Since it was too late…

  • Bordeaux & St. Emilion, France by: Jenny

    June 9, 2011, 23:21

    I have learned in French class that Bordeaux is famous for its wines. So right after getting settled in I was on a hunt for wine tours. Unfortunately I did…

  • Toulouse the Pink City, France by: Jenny

    June 8, 2011, 23:02

    "The Pink City!" almost everyone exclaimed when I told them my plans to visit Toulouse. I wouldn't say that the city is pink... the sidewalks and buildings…

  • Carcasonne, France by: Jenny

    June 7, 2011, 23:01

    After staying at this wine village named Malves for a night, the next morning I caught the village school bus going to Carcasonne. Carcasonne is known for…

  • Malves, France by: Jenny

    June 7, 2011, 21:25

    After having the hardest time finding my reserved hotel in Avignon, I was quite worried that my hostel for the next town, Carcasonne, is actually 10km from…

  • Avignon, France by: Jenny

    June 6, 2011, 16:51

    While traveling in Morocco, I met an American guy living in France who told me about southern France.  Avignon is one of the places he highly recommended..…

  • Calanques, France by: Jenny

    June 5, 2011, 16:45

    So I was told that the main attraction of Marseille is the white rock mountains and the oceans around the city... Needless to say, I stopped by the…

  • Marseille, France by: Jenny

    June 4, 2011, 12:17

    I was more than glad to arrive to a more civilized city after quite a bit of adventures in Morocco. At its peak tourist season, I had the hardest time finding…

  • Essaouira, Morocco by: Jenny

    June 1, 2011, 12:03

    After visiting the waterfall, that night we drove to Essauira, the famous beach town on the coast of Morocco. Taking a Chinese girl that I met in Marrakesh'…

  • O'zude-Cascade Mountains, Morocco by: Jenny

    May 31, 2011, 11:42

    The four of us decided to travel together for the next leg of Morocco trip. We found a car that would drive us west to O'Zude for a day then east to the…

  • Marrakech, Morocco by: Jenny

    May 29, 2011, 11:06

    After 3 days of in and out of Sahara, Marrakech proved to be a nice change for the city.  We found a nice little hostel just on our way to the city and…

  • Morning in Sahara, Morocco by: Jenny

    May 28, 2011, 18:34

    I understood why our tents were stacked up with rugs. Despite how hot it was during the day, the temperature was extremely cold at night. I woke up…

  • First Day in Sahara, Morocco by: Jenny

    May 28, 2011, 18:28

    We spent most of the day resting since no one wants to take the camels out under the heat. I took a stroll around the area, checking out other hotels....…

  • First Night In Sahara Desert, Morocco by: Jenny

    May 27, 2011, 17:20

    At the end of the day, we have arrived our hotel. As the only guests in the hotel that night, wespent the evening relaxing on the dunes and ate while…

  • Trip to Sahara Desert, Morocco by: Jenny

    May 27, 2011, 17:03

    We were not disappointed when our car under a company's name "Sahara Caravan" showed up the next morning taking us to the desert. It was an all day drive…

  • Fez, Morocco by: Jenny

    May 27, 2011, 15:00

    After missing our train station, we finally found our way back and arrived Fez. On the train we were approached by a Moroccan man, "why take a train going…

  • Granada, Spain to Fez, Morocco by: Jenny

    May 25, 2011, 14:48

    Encouraged by Tian, after visiting Alhambra I immediately set out to meet up with Christian for a trip to Morocco. After a pleasant bus ride going from…

  • Alhambra, Spain by: Jenny

    May 23, 2011, 14:27

    "You gotta go to Alhambra" so everyone told us. Me and Tian looked at each other, "well, since they told us this is the eighth wonder of the world" we'd…

  • Malaga, Spain by: Jenny

    May 22, 2011, 14:14

    I have to say, after visiting this city, I would never plan how much time I will spend on a particular European city based on the size of its dot on the map.…

  • Seville, Spain by: Jenny

    May 20, 2011, 13:57

    I heard many beautiful things about this town - the history, the architecture, and the culture... However, I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed after…

  • Sintra, Portugal by: Jenny

    May 19, 2011, 13:43

    At Traveller's House, the trip advisor also told me about this town Sintra just an hour out from Lisbon.  This is where the old royal family would reside,…

  • Cascais beach, Portugal by: Jenny

    May 17, 2011, 13:19

    Upon my arrival at Traveller's House hostel, I met a Canadian girl who asked me if I could join her to the beach not far from here. "Of course, this is why…

  • Lisbon, Portugal by: Jenny

    May 16, 2011, 13:02

    After Madrid, I flew to Lisbon, which is the real starting point of my journey (since this journey is about going from one tip of Europe to other tip of Asia).…

  • Madrid, Spain by: Jenny

    May 12, 2011, 12:01

    Originally, I always wanted to buy a ticket going to Lisbon, Portugal to start my journey eastwards to China, but I found a direct flight going to Madrid,…

  • ShangHai Expo, China Part I by: Jenny

    September 10, 2010, 11:58

    ShangHai Expo in China.... Where I met a former friend Haike who was working for the U.S. Pavilion at the time. "I went to China, especially for the…


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