Chichen Itza structure

Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Chichen Itza is the well preserved archaeological site of the ruins of an ancient Mayan city and one of the new seven wonders of the world. El Castillo is the main attraction, the large pyramid most people think of when you say “Chichen Itza”. Only a two-hour drive from Playa del Carmen, it’s definitely a must-see if you’re in the area. Continue reading Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

The Meaning of Life is to Live it!

the meaning of live is to live it!
“The meaning of life is to live it”. That bumper sticker is one of the things that led me to sell the car it was on and move to Mexico!

I still think about that phrase everyday, and others like it. There are loads of them. And loads of people who think about them as well. How did I get to be one of the lucky few who made it to “living the dream” status? Continue reading The Meaning of Life is to Live it!

Turquoise Pool

Yellowstone National Park: Land of Geothermal Wonders

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most beautiful and diverse parks in the United States. It is renowned for its wide variety of geothermal features including geysers, mud-pots, hot springs, and its best-known geyser, Old Faithful. Yellowstone is also home to a plethora of wildlife species including bison, wolves, elk, moose, and several species of birds and bears.

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koi at Panda Conservation Center

Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Chengdu is the capital of China’s Sichuan province, well-known for its spicy, tongue-numbing cuisine. It is also the home of 80% of the world’s remaining giant pandas. Continue reading Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Li River raft ride

Guilin and Yangshuo, Guangxi, China

I arrived in Guilin after the sun had set. As we drove into the city from the airport, steep karst mountains would emerge from the darkness, one after another. It was magical! Continue reading Guilin and Yangshuo, Guangxi, China

Terracotta Army

Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

One of the oldest cities in China, Xi’an, is probably most well-known for the Terracotta Army that was first unearthed there in 1974, and somewhat less known for the 6,500-year-old Banpo Neolithic village discovered in 1953. Each of these archeological sites has its own museum, and both can be visited on a day trip from the city.  Continue reading Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

YuYuan Food Stall, Shanghai

Shanghai, China

I lived in Shanghai for nearly three years, from 2007 to 2010. I got to know the city very well in that time and consider it a second home. With a population of about 24 million, it was quite the big city experience! I returned for a short visit in 2013 was impressed with how much things had changed in such a short time. Continue reading Shanghai, China

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao Tzu

This is my first step, and I’m excited to share my journey with you. I want this blog to be a history of the places I have seen, and a journal of all the places I have yet to visit. Growing up, I vacationed all around the United States with my family, which fostered my love for travel. I moved to China in my early twenties to teach English and was immersed in a completely foreign culture for several years. Having been back home from that experience for six years now, I am longing for another adventure. This time I plan to travel through several countries over a period of two years or more, working along the way. I am a photographer by trade, so that will be my main focus. Get ready for lots of photos and not so many words.