Tombs of Xian

Board a plane at 8am wednesday morning, fly 1 hour and 30 minutes to Xian, spend 3 hours touring the terra-cotta warriors, board a plane at 6:10pm and fly back to Beijing.  Sound like a crazy idea?  Maybe, but I did it anyway.  I woke up at a completely uncivilized hour of the morning wednesday … Continue reading Tombs of Xian

The Life of Things

It's strange to be around things that are so very old.  For the majority of my days I live in a modern house, with modern conveniences.  Hot water, weekly massages, air filters to ward off the polluted air, a driver takes me where I need to go, it's all very cushy.  But then I spend … Continue reading The Life of Things

Oh, to Live in a Palace

The Summer Palace, I think this may become my favorite place to visit in Beijing.  It's still winterish here (we got snow last night) so things are just starting to come alive again, but nonetheless the Summer Palace is beautiful.  There was a sort of lonely solitude that accompanied the place.  It's not exactly a … Continue reading Oh, to Live in a Palace

The Art of Packing (Part II)- What to Read

I'm a child of technology, I own a Kindle and an iPad, my iPhone is with me everywhere I go. I have a multitude of ways to read things, whether they be websites, new stories, blogs or Books.  I love my Kindle, its size, weight and ability to store thousands of books.  My iPad is … Continue reading The Art of Packing (Part II)- What to Read


I won't lie to you, when I was told that the Lama Temple housed the tallest Buddha in the world I was expecting to find an ancient wooden statue that was quite tall, but not much more spectacular than that.  Boy was I mistaken.  The tallest Buddha in the world is not only impressive in … Continue reading Unexpected

The Art of Packing (Part I)- What to Wear

This trip has been an interesting experiment in making the most out of a limited wardrobe.  Although I, essentially, brought 3 suitcases with me, I packed the equivalent of half a suitcase of clothes for not 1 but 2 seasons.  And I'm not just talking fashion season, I mean real honest to goodness seasons.  I … Continue reading The Art of Packing (Part I)- What to Wear

Everything Has Its Beauty

Sunday the plan was to visit the Lama Temple, home of the tallest Bhudda in the world (Guiness Book of World Records says so).  We were dropped off a block or two from the entrance and opted to walk around the neighborhood first before entering.  The streets were littered with small shops selling gold Bhudda … Continue reading Everything Has Its Beauty

Tian Tan (Temple of Heaven)

Visited the Temple of Heaven after running a few errands, which included picking a few more pieces of jewelry that I'd been waiting on, including this ring with the clouded rubies and emeralds.  I'm usually the kind of girl that goes for a stone with a high clarity, but with this piece the cloudy stones … Continue reading Tian Tan (Temple of Heaven)

Orange Sun

Today I saw the sun, an orange colored hue behind a brown polluted sky At a high school fútbol game I glanced up at the sky momentarily and saw the sun.  Something we don't really get to see very often.  The overcast and snowy day mixed with the brown pollution that seems to settle over the … Continue reading Orange Sun