The Village of Aishanmen

We stayed at The Giggling Tree Hostel in the very small village of Aishanmen – about 3 km outside of Yangshuo. It was nestled deep in the Karst mountains and away from the busy streets – in fact you have to drive on a bumpy dirt road for a while to get there. But it’s […]

Its hot and I have work and everything is great.

I’ve been practicing my mandarin recently specifically today. The problem is that I ‘look’ Chinese to everyone here, so they expect me to speak the language. After a bike ride and trek to Moon Hill today, and while Leah took a nap I decided to go walking out for bit in hopes of getting […]

Pengyou Time

Pengyou = Friend, and yesterday was a friend-filled day. First we went to the Dirt Market, Panjiayuan. This place is only open on weekends and it is packed full of vendors, shoppers, and pretty much any Chinese art, souvenir, antique, etc. you could ever hope to find. Some people get uncomfortable with the constant shouts […]

Leaving Beijing – And Coming Back!

We are leaving Beijing today – and coming back at the end of the month. It will be nice because we’re staying at the same hostel when we get back – and the staff is kind of like extended family almost. Just very friendly, helpful, casual, and always up for conversation – language barrier be […]