Baotou: Taking a Train to the Gobi Desert

The Gobi Desert had been on my bucket list since I was a kid. Last year I realized it had been a while since I’d been to a desert, so when my parents invited me to join them on a trip to China, which would involve stopping at the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia, I jumped at the opportunity.  Continue reading “Baotou: Taking a Train to the Gobi Desert”

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How to eat your way through the Xi’an Muslim Quarter in China

 

China is huge, so regional variations in cuisine are not only to be expected, but also delighted in. While Xian is more popularly known for the Terracotta Warriors, its Muslim Quarter dedicated to street food is a wonder in itself. There’s too much here to cover in one post, so I’ll just include visual snippets from our visit (such as the giant flower shaped candy floss pictured above). At night the Bell Tower and Drum Tower light up, there are people EVERYWHERE, and yet it is still the food that continues to be the star of the show. The greatest challenge for any visitor is deciding on which gastronomic delights to indulge in- there really are too many.     Continue reading “How to eat your way through the Xi’an Muslim Quarter in China”

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Budget Stay Japan: Capsule hotel, Hostel and…..Bookcase?

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A trip to Japan will never be ordinary, and that includes your hotel options. So here are the 3 types of fairly budget accommodation I tried and, and believe me I was not disappointed. Honestly, once I was back home, I talked more about the hotels than the actual trip! Continue reading “Budget Stay Japan: Capsule hotel, Hostel and…..Bookcase?”

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Japan Top 10

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I love lists. I love making them, reading them and using them. I particularly love lists which are unusual. In this case, though, it was difficult since pretty much everything in Japan can seem unusual to even the most well seasoned traveler. So I’ll instead make a list of the 10 things I particularly loved about Japan, apart from the usual tourist fares such as Harajuku, etc. Here we go: Continue reading “Japan Top 10”

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