Living Abroad: Having a Great Experience and Leaving a Great Impression

Mike Krause

If you play your cards right, living abroad can be an extraordinary life-changing experience. You will face so much more than just new language, food and culture, you’ll be surrounded by countless invisible differences which conspire together to create that unique foreign charm. At times you’ll struggle to explain or comprehend what you see around […]

Tibet’s 2nd Invasion

Tibetan Woman on Cell Phone

The Potala Palace, known the world over as an icon of Tibetan Buddhism, towered over the city of Lhasa casting a literal shadow on the hustle and bustle below.  Although from our vantage point, the profound symbolism of the building was lost amidst the chaos of modernity that swarmed below it.  As we stood in […]

Tibet: Price List For Tibetan Monasteries Around Lhasa

The Potala, Lhasa, Tibet

If you’re traveling to Tibet then most likely you’ll be going on an organized tour.  But if your tour company doesn’t include all your monastery fees in the cost of the tour, then you’ll want to take a look at the price list below.  Unfortunately Tibet can be a very expensive country for foreigners, so […]

Where are the Best Casinos Asia has to Offer?


Asia has become the continent to be reckoned with when it comes to tourism. With new developments, modernization and a huge effort to be a tourist draw, many Asian countries are coming up the ranks to become the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The biggest casino complex in the world is located in […]

Taiwan: Top Things to See and Do in Taipei (Tourist Attractions)

Taipei 101

The capital of Taiwan has many wonderful attractions to satisfy the senses. Taipei is the cultural center of Taiwan and is also their global hub for commerce. It’s easy to spend days wandering around the city marveling at all the breath-taking views and amazing attractions it has to offer. There are many common areas in […]

China: Things to See and Do in Shenzhen (Tourist Attractions)


When people think of tourism in China, the major cities that usually come to mind are Beijing and Shanghai. Fewer know about Szenzhen despite its status as one of the fastest-growing cities in the world and the financial center of southern mainland China. Travelers who are motivated to go slightly off the beaten path will […]

Rubble Rousing in a Changing China

Chinatown Gate - Portland

Slowly, I rode. Letting the bicycle take me where it saw fit. On the outskirts of the city, I turned up a weary dirt path. In the distance, I could see big new construction under way. In its immediate shadow, I saw homes half demolished. Others, waiting their turn. The gears of the bicycle clicked. A grandmother was sitting in the […]

Huizhou, China: Haircuts in Translation


Whenever I travel to a new country, I always endeavor to visit a hair salon.  The mystique of the adventure and the potential hazardous outcome intrigues me to no end.  Will they use hairspray?  What type of shears will be employed?  Who will cut my hair?  These are the questions that keep me up at […]

Yunnan Province, China: Conquering the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

After hours upon hours of airport woes in Beijing, we finally got off the plane in Yunnan province.  We were exhausted, smelly and hungry, but after taking one look around us, we were blown away. There was green everywhere, in the form of terraced agricultural fields and dramatic hills. I imagined it looked like Hawaii […]