Donghuamen Night Market – Spiders and scorpions and snakes oh my!

That night after I’d gotten back from the Lama Temple I was pretty tired but really wanted to check out the night market I’d heard a lot about. Luckily my friends Carolann and Macrae over at One Modern Couple knocked on my door and we were able to go together!  It was a 20 minute walk or so and brought us through what one could possibly refer to as ‘downtown’ Continue reading Donghuamen Night Market – Spiders and scorpions and snakes oh my!

The Lama Temple – Why so much incense?

As I mentioned before the subway system in Beijing is extremely easy to navigate.  The layout makes sense (I’m looking at you Boston) and all the stops have their English-written names below the Chinese characters. In order to get to my hostel by subway I almost always had to transfer to line 5 at the Lama Temple stop.  After being in the city for a few days and using the Continue reading The Lama Temple – Why so much incense?

Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City – Lessons in shoving old ladies

I admit I was a bit unprepared for my adventure to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  I woke up that morning, decided I wanted to visit those two places, hopped on the subway, and when I emerged from the station realized I had done pretty much no research about either place. I didn’t know where they were in relation to the subway, how to get there, how much entrance Continue reading Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City – Lessons in shoving old ladies

The Great Wall of China – Adventures in ordering dumplings

On my first full day in China, courtesy of my jet lag I woke up around 4:30 in the morning but, not wanting to be a rude neighbor, I stayed in bed until about 6 before heading downstairs to the common area.  Lucky that I did because when I got there I met a very nice Canadian couple Carolann and Macrae who quit their jobs to travel the world as well! We Continue reading The Great Wall of China – Adventures in ordering dumplings

Killer whale watching in the San Juan Islands

One of the biggest items I’d wanted to tick off my bucket list when I came to Seattle for the week was seeing killer whales in the wild. My aunt found a wonderful family owned operation known as Puget Sound Express that leaves out of Port Townsend twice daily on a 4 hour tour of the San Juan Islands, a famous place for searching out both resident and transient killer Continue reading Killer whale watching in the San Juan Islands

Answering some questions: Liebster Award

I have been nominated for The Liebster Award by Green Goats Travel.  Thank you! I hadn’t heard of The Liebster Award until I was nominated but it seems to be a fun chain mail type thing between bloggers where you learn more about your fellow bloggers and nominate five more to keep the ball rolling! THE RULES Thank the blogger who nominated you, and include a link to their blog Provide answers Continue reading Answering some questions: Liebster Award

A day in Seattle – Markets, ice cream, and Pho

Seattle is definitely one of those cities that has a lot of checks in the ‘plus’ column – on the ocean, surrounded by beautiful mountains, seasons, an outdoor mentality, and an abundance of wildlife nearby. After a scenic and peaceful ferry ride from Bainbridge Island my cousin, who lives and goes to school in Seattle, was my guide around the city for the day. We started in probably one of the most Continue reading A day in Seattle – Markets, ice cream, and Pho