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There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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Monthly Archives: October 2012
You may have noticed that it’s been a few weeks since my last update – that’s because Shannon and I have been busy trekking through the Nepali Himalayas. For the past two weeks we’ve been hiking through freezing cold, high altitudes to reach Everest Base Camp. Why? You ask. In the words of George Mallory “Because, It’s there.” We signed up for this trip months ago – before we even left the states, and to be honest, ever since then I’ve wondered if we would actually make it. It’s not just the seven long days of up hill hiking, or … Read More
Yanghshou is full of amazing and famous Karst Landscapes that will literally make you pinch yourself with wonder. Trust me – google it – it’s amazing. That’s not what this post is about, because Yangshou is also home to a super fun and cheesy attraction known as the Mud Cave. What is the mud cave? I’m glad you asked. The mud cave is basically what was once a really beautiful, natural cave that has been completely adulterated for the purpose of tourism. I was really outraged about this for about a hot second until I found out that they had installed … Read More
You might want to dust off your bucket list and whip out a pencil, because it’s time to add another entry: Hiking through Tiger Leap Gorge. The two day, one night hike was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to China, and the funny thing is – if it weren’t for the fact that Tibet was closed and we had to change our plans, we would never have gone. So how can you make this happen – don’t worry I’m here to tell you. The jumping off point for the Tiger Leap Gorge is a city called Lijiang. It’s … Read More
If you read my Facebook page, you know that after one month, I have left China for Nepal. Although I am sad to leave China, I am super excited for the trip I have planned through Nepal for the next three weeks. To help with our planning, I have partnered up with Simrik Real Nepal to experience the best of what the country has to offer. First off, Shannon and I will be exploring Katmandu. We will spend two days seeing the temples and the stuppas that make the capital city so special. Next, we will hit the road and head … Read More
After changing our plans in China, we ended up spending almost five days in Beijing. In some cities, five days might get a bit boring – but not Beijing. There was more to see and do there than you could possibly exhaust in two weeks – let alone a mere five days. Here’s how we spent our time: Seeing Tianamen Square Tianamen Square is apparently the largest open square in the world – almost three time’s bigger than Moscow’s Red Square. If I had to say something about Tianamen Sqaure, I would agree…it is large. Sadly, it’s not much else. … Read More
This may be crossing way over into the realm of TMI, but I thought it would be fun to share with you all some of the exciting toilets I’ve encountered on my trip so far. I’ve travelled through parts of Asia before, so I am familiar with how toilets go over here – but I think its always funny how shocking they can some times be – so far I’ve classified the toilets I’ve used into five general catagories: (Note: I have tried to take a photo of every toilet I’ve used – weird I know. This is a honest … Read More
This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Sam from Nomadic Samuel shares his travel misadventure in Bangkok. Tell me a little about yourself and your current/ next trip: I’d love to say I’m currently backpacking indefinitely but that’s still a few months away. For the time being, I’m in sunny South Korea toiling away as an English teacher in a public school located two hours outside of Seoul. These days, I’m dreaming of Mango lassis and Thai … Read More
One of the most difficult things I face when arriving in a new country is figuring out what to order at local restaurants. This issue is only compounded when you not only don’t speak a language but you can’t even begin to read the letters. That has been the case for me in every country we have visited so far on this trip: Russia, Mongolia and China. Most of the time, when I walk into a reasturant the menu looks something like this: Hmmm. You can always try the point at random and hope for the best, but you might … Read More
Found this article in the “International News” section of a publication in China. It’s an article about how fat school children are in American schools. Only at the very bottom of the article do you see the disclaimer that this article was taken from the Onion, a joke newspaper in the the US. Otherwise, its published as if its total fact.
Curious what an average week in China costs me? Here is my day to day price breakdown for the last six days. If you are looking to fund your own affordable vacation, you might want to check out your own low cost holidays discount codes. Friday Sept 28 – Yichang China In the morning we departed our three day Yangtze River Cruise and headed to board a train to Xi’an. Our transfer to the airport was included in the cost of our cruise. (Morning spent on Yangtze River Cruise) Lunch of noodles at street stall – 10 RMB ($1.59) Sprite … Read More