4 things to do when Arriving in a New Country

Flying into Taipei the lights of the city were littered with exploding fireworks welcoming the new year.  Over the next few days I’ll have the pleasure of ringing in the Lunar New Year in northern Taiwan.  Pingxi’s lantern festival is world renowned and I’ve got a host of other fun activities to keep me going Read More …

Shanghai to Newark – 3 Planes

Nothing could have prepared me for the wave of emotion that overcame me when I got in line at PVG, Shanghai’s airport.  My gate read SEATTLE, printed neatly in digital letters just above it.  After a year and a half of living in Asia I was actually going home.  Soon I’d board for a mindless trip across the Read More …

Above the clouds in Jirisan – Seoul Hiking Group

Hopeful for another 3am start to see sunrise from the highest point in mainland South Korea we left on Halloween night for Jirisan National Park.  Halloween delays in the city and slippery roads caused delays which meant we didn’t start hiking until nearly 6am.  On the bright side we all were able to sleep (or attempt Read More …