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"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." -- Margaret Atwood

Spring is finally here and despite the occasional high pollution levels, Beijing is quite beautiful during this time of year. With leaves turning green and flowers blossoming, the sky is filled with white cotton fuzz. 1,024 more words


Cultural experiences: Geishas

Almost any tourist visiting Kyoto is hoping to see real live geishas walking through the small streets of Gion, the most famous and exclusive geisha districts in Japan. 138 more words

Life In Japan

Saugeen Bluffs Maple Syrup Festival

As a first time Maple Syrup Festival goer, I really had no expectations on the day. Amidst the great melt that has started, introducing a world of puddles and mud, the Saugeen Bluffs Maple Syrup Festival was extremely well organised and a whole ton of fun! 436 more words


Monsoon madness amid Hmong markets in North Vietnam

Despite the late night and having had a glass or two we saunter down at 6.30 to the local market in the pouring rain, soakingly aware that it’s not going to be a dry, and thus a jolly, day on the bikes. 2,097 more words


Saigon - Talking with the tourist

It all started with a: “Are you English? Do you have some time to speak with us?”.
This afternoon I was strolling down Pham Ngu Lao, the backpacker area in Saigon, on my way to Ben Thanh market when I got suddenly surrounded by a group of Vietnamese students, like I was some sort of movie star. 319 more words


Taking a Break

This week, I took some time off of work, and my youngest sister, Ashleigh, came to visit me for three days. She brought along the toddler that she is fostering (let’s call her “Munchkin” for this post), and the three of us spent our time exploring Taichung and finding some new places that Charles and I can return to. 891 more words


An English Speaker in an English Speaking Land... and a Little Announcement

Before Paris, we had the most lovely whirlwind of a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland.  We had gorgeous weather and a marvelous time together, just the five of us.  963 more words

Traveling With Kids