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Argentina 3-Week Itinerary Summary

El Chalten Mount Fitz Roy

Argentina is an incredible country, and we packed in as much to see as possible during our time here. I was never much drawn to wildlife sightings. Experiences like safari or whale watching were never of interest. Argentina changed all of that for me. My world has been opened, and our encounters with wildlife have granted me a newfound appreciation for nature. Perhaps everyone would care a lot more about … Read more

Trans-Siberian Railway Part 3: 24 hours in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

As soon as we got off the train, we felt the breeze of that fresh Mongolian air with a shining sun. We saw a guy holding a sign of our hostel (Zaya Hostel), and walked towards him.  But first, cash. With 3 ATMs in the train station, only one worked with my Charles Schwab VISA card. With 2,000 to one USD, I withdrew 60,000, and it was only $25. To my … Read more

Trans-Siberian Railway: Pre-departure Planning

Several months ago, itching for an adventure, I had this idea that we should return to France this summer on the train. After watching/reading YouTube Vlogger, Kara & Nate’s detailed documentation of their own Trans-Siberian Railway journey, the idea was firmly rooted.  This grand voyage, consists of 12 different train rides from Shanghai to Strasbourg, became our goodbye tour as we bid farewell to our life in Shanghai.  We needed … Read more

10 Days in Thailand & Cambodia

bangkok, Thailand, flower market

Day 1: Bangkok Arrived in Bangkok. There were 4 of us; one coming from Shanghai, two from Washington D.C., and another from Michigan. We managed to all arrived within 24 hours of one another. We spent the night at THA City Hotel, a no frill, cozy boutique in a nice part of the city. Conveniently located and easy to get around. Day 2-4: Koh Samet The hotel arranged a taxi … Read more

3 Days in Siem Reap, Cambodia

cambodia siem reap itinerary, angkor wat

On a whirlwind trip with my Peace Corps loves in January, we hit up Cambodia. We traveled just after New Year, and thus was a high tourist season. Angkor Wat was understandably crowded, but I live in China, so nothing is that crowded for me. The city isn’t very big, so depending on how much temple-hopping and relaxing you want to do, 3 days can be enough. Our main activity … Read more

Inner Mongolia: Xiwuqi Grassland Marathon

I attempted my very first timed race in the Xiwuqi Grassland Marathon in Inner Mongolia. Races are a great excuse for travel. Inner Mongolia is fascinating, and I felt as though I’ve been transported to another world while running on the grassland. Day 1: Shanghai – Hohhot We took the direct flight from Shanghai Hongqiao to Hohhot (呼和浩特) in the morning. Checked into the Holiday Inn. Spent the afternoon roaming the … Read more

10 Days in Yunnan, China

My Frenchie and I took a 10-day trip in June to the Yunnan province, and this itinerary seems to be useful for many friends. We booked this trip because of a flight sale from Shanghai to Kunming. If short on time, I recommend flying directly into Dali and fly out of Shangri-la, but may be more expensive. Day 1 – Kunming Evening – Arrive in KunmingAccommodation: Kunming Cloudland International Youth Hostel … Read more