2014: A Crazy Year of Adventure

2014: A Crazy Year of Adventure

As this year comes to a close I can’t help but think back on all of the crazy adventures I’ve had. This time last year I was struggling with my teaching placement in the Chinese countryside, wondering if I would abandon my contract half-way through and go back to America. I was lonely, a little […]

How to Avoid the Crowds in China

How to Avoid the Crowds in China

China is a really, really, really crowded place. There, I said it. It’s crowded. With 1.3 billion people and counting, there’s a reason (however controversial) the One Child Policy is in place. China’s largest cities are called “mega-cities” with tens of millions of people. For example, Shanghai has over 20 million people. Twenty million! China’s crowds […]

Zhangjiajie: Climbing the Avatar Mountains

Zhangjiajie: Climbing the Avatar Mountains

After spending a brief evening in Shanghai, I embarked on a 24 hour overnight train to Zhangjiajie, Hunan: home of the “Avatar Mountains”. If you’ve seen the movie Avatar (the one with the blue aliens, not the air bending child), you may remember the “floating mountains”. These mountains are huge column peaks that float in […]

Chinese Wedding Photos

Chinese Wedding Photos

While visiting China’s most beautiful places you may wonder why it seems to be overrun with couples in wedding attire. Are they all getting married at this lake?! No, my friend; They are taking wedding photos. The culture and customs behind Chinese wedding photos are very different than that of America and most western countries. […]

Adventure Awaits Travel Video

Adventure Awaits Travel Video

AYC is having its first annual photo essay and video competitions. Naturally, I entered both, because let’s face it, what else am I going to do with my time? My last post, This is Home, was my photo essay contribution, and the video below is my submission for the video contest. The prizes are a trip […]

Volcanos and Sunburns in the Hawaii of China

Volcanos and Sunburns in the Hawaii of China

Now that I’m done with school and back from vacation, I thought I would finish off my posts about Spring Break in China! In case you don’t remember, my computer completely died at the end of my program in China, so I was unable to ever tell you about my awesome spring break travels. A […]