China: Reflections on the Great Divide

After nearly two months in China, Sasha and I have holed up in a hotel in Katmandu, Nepal where we’re taking advantage of some unfettered access to the Internet to catch up on the blog and wait for Sasha’s sister to arrive. We’ve gotten more questions about China and what it’s like from friends and family than any other place we’ve visited. We’re still soaking in everything we learned from China — some good,... Read More

Mooncakes, Mooncakes Everywhere

The mid-autumn festival is one of the most important annual Chinese festivals and we were in Shanghai for the event. Our guidebook told us that it was an ancient festival to celebrate, worship and watch the moon. A romantic night too, we were told, for couples. And mooncakes are an integral part of the day. Kind of like mince pies for Christmas in the U.K. or turkey on Thanksgiving in the U.S. We set out to find out how modern day Chinese celebrate... Read More

Mmm… Peasant Flesh

Stumbling through the language barriers in China has been a little more challenging than most of the countries we’ve been to on this adventure. Fewer people speak English or have English menus. Which hasn’t been too much of a problem. But it has been surprising to us that few places in China have picture menus compared to all the other countries we’ve been to. I fear we’ve become semi-dependent on them and I’ve come to... Read More

Shanghai Skyline

Shanghai is the most out of this world skyline we’ve ever seen. And it deserves it’s own post. Mostly because I want to share some of the pictures we took. Doesn’t it make you think that there’s an evil scientist that’s successfully set up shop in plain sight and threatens to “take-off” with his dastardly plan any day?  Read More