A China Christmas

Nǐhǎo – said something like Knee How. (hello)  Christmas Greetings from China! Now you know about as much Chinese as I do.  It’s Christmas time and I haven’t shopped at all, sorry kids.  I decorated my apartment with what I found in a box left in an apartment from past teachers.  It’s not much, but…

China Thanksgiving

In the spirit of thankfulness – I want to share a bit more depth in how lucky and spoiled I’ve lived in my cushy life in America. Insights after 14 weeks of living as a teacher in China. I took these things for granted, but will never do so again: Having a machine that dries…

Art in the Park – China style

Imagine if the entire nation of America took their week long holiday on the same week.  That is sort of what the week between Christmas and New Years is like in the US.  Many people fly home, prices at resorts and cruises are at their highest, airfares go up, airports are crazy busy.   Now…

Have you lived in China for a month?

I’ve lived in China for a month… how many people can say that!! Okay over a billion, (18.72% of world population) but not many of my family, friends can say that.  Not that it’s on most people’s list of things to do.  After my last blog post I realized I may have garnered more sympathy…

Count your blessings!

No, really count your many blessings, right now.  So many things that we take for granted and I’m already missing on day 21 of my China Teacher experience.  Quick list of what I’m missing: a house with no stairs, as I live on 5th floor- heaven forbid I forget to pack something and have to…

To Understand China

To really understand China – I’ve heard you have to move there. July 5th we were hiking way up high in the Sandia’s above our New Mexico home with a Albuquerque Senior Centers group.  I had tried to reach my daughter in the parking lot before setting out.  There was no service, at all, that…

Luggage FEES – Packing Light – Luggage selection

If I could travel my way -I’d have one bag just for shoes, and another for clothes and I would have a little carry-on, that contained only what I need on the flight and check the rest.  But with the luggage fees on everything but Southwest, that is a luxury that I’m trying to do…

What a City! Singapore

Singapore is better than most cities in many ways.  The weather is not one of them.  We were there in September and it was so humid I melted and you will see no pictures of me as I’m red faced & dripping and I never sweat… usually. Weather aside – it’s the coolest city!  The…

AirBnB or not?

Maybe you have heard horror stories about airbnb experiences?  I haven’t had one myself yet.  I do think there are things to be careful about.  If you have an eerie feeling, or even a slight weird feeling about something, get out, deal with the money later.  Of course – safety first right! We have used…

Taipei Taiwan – a Tale to Remember

My favorite part of visiting Taiwan was an organized tour to Taroko Gorge.  Unfortunately, my husband missed it.  It’s one of the 7 wonders of Asia and it was really incredible.   And this is where I would recommend a tour, cause it was a screaming deal.  I flew to the Gorge, toured, got lunch, visited…

Sunny Sedona Arizona

I’ve spent 5 days in Sedona and I love it.  I’ve never spent a night.  Why? Because it is so much cheaper to stay in Flagstaff and it’s such a gorgeous drive between the two through the canyon that I love that part too! The scenery in Sedona is truly unreal.  It’s similar to Moab,…

Why would I listen to me?

Or the bigger question, Do travel agents ever really retire? My husband and I got the travel bug early in life.  We have been to many places and when I needed more to do after the kids started school, I started selling travel.  Now I’m ready to retire.  Retiring from the travel business is hard!…