Hong Kong: A Private View

Hong Kong: A Private View

I awake in the dark. Where am I? Momentary befuddlement is replaced by a kaleidoscope of recollections. The journey. The excitement of arrival. The dizzying intoxication of new sounds, sights and smells. Marvelling at the dazzling beauty of Hong Kong, her skyscrapers illuminated like stars in the firmament. The captivating juxtaposition of East and West. … Continued

China: Lost in Lu Xun Park

China: Lost in Lu Xun Park If I had been asked to paint Independence as a nineteen-year-old college sophomore, the resulting red-white-and-blue canvas would likely have featured George Washington riding a bald eagle with the US Constitution clutched in its talons. By that time, I naively fancied myself well-versed on the subject – I had … Continued

China: Lost in Transition

China: Lost in Transition Where does one buy chopsticks in Beijing? This isn’t simply a zen koan, the questions the masters ask their students in order to break habits of thought and open their minds. This question, that I asked myself one evening while contemplating the leftover spicy beef in the white cardboard box, on … Continued

I Grew my Boobs in China

My name is Savannah Grace, 22 years old, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and author of “Sihpromatum – I Grew my Boobs in China”,  a fascinating memoir series of a family’s one year turned four year 80+ country, backpacking/overlanding journey around the world. At 14 I was pulled from the grips of the luxuries … Continued

Exploring the Outlying Islands of Macau

By Ryan Gibson Ask people what springs to mind when they think of tourist attractions in Macau and it’s likely you’ll hear one word spring up time and again – casinos! The Chinese special administrative region is one of the world’s gambling meccas. In recent years, big names such as Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts … Continued

10 Questions from Contiki!

Thank you to Contiki Blog for a wonderful interview asking me TEN GREAT QUESTIONS including: When and where did you first travel by yourself, and why did you choose that particular destination? Will you be shocked to know it was ARIZONA! Which destinations are you consistently drawn to, and why?  (Places you’ll always come back … Continued

The Voluntourist: How to live a life that Matters!

As we begin our journey in South East Asia, I have been reflecting on my goals for this year. I wanted to share Ken Budd’s book, The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem. Perhaps it will inspire you to take your own trip after reading about his … Continued

Eat GMO Foods? Science vs. Nutrition

  Barbi Walker interviewed me for her article on Genetically Modified Organisms to see what I thought about the science in this debate. She and I talked about how other countries are involved in this debate and the impact of how American choices in farming and agriculture impact our economy worldwide. Get Educated But with … Continued

China: Xi’an, Beijing

China PART THREEXi’an I loved Xi’an. The Terracotta Warriors are truly amazing. They are called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Each soldier is unique in face, ears, hair, clothing. They do look like they could take a deep breath and walk away. There are so many more thousands of soldiers, horses, chariots and other … Continued

China: Chendu, Lang Zong, Pandas and Pollution

China Part TWOMay 2009Chengdu and the PandasWe flew from SW China to Chengdu and were shocked that it is SO smoggy it hurts to breathe. I read that more than 1/3 of the air pollution affecting CALIFORNIA originates in CHINA! China is more than 4000 miles from Ca. The World Bank estimates that 700,000 people … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel