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Cara Crawford

Hong Kong: Tourist Addition

Hong Kong, the most famous, worldly place in all of Asia, the business hub of the east, and the place where lots of my fellow expat friends go to unwind and take a break from the “real China”, is just an hour ferry ride away.  It is a place of contradictions: bustling city, world class restauran...

Bifengxia Zoo: Pandas Gone Wrong

Our travels today took us to Bifengxia, the home of the Bifengxia Panda Base, for more fuzzy Panda sightings.  Well…so we thought… Once again, I pestered our friendly hostel receptionists for advice about how to get to Bifengxia (I mean they should be used to it by now).  They looked up...

Face to Face With The World’s Largest Buddha

The Giant Buddha in Leshan, a two hour bus ride away from Chengdu, was a must see on our trip.  From Xiannanmen bus station in downtown Chengdu, we bought two one way tickets to Leshan.  In China, you buy your tickets at the departing station, as a result, round trip tickets are a rarity, and if ...

Meeting Pandas in Chengdu

My friend and I hopped on a plane from Zhuhai to Chengdu to check out the awesomeness of Sichuan province, home to China’s giant pandas.  As with most visits to tourist locations, I generally rely on the receptionists at the hostel or hotel for the inside scoop about on the local hot s...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 It is quite the quiet Christmas here on the other side of the world (not to be confused with actual silence, as that is impossible to find in China) as we have come upon our first holiday season devoid of family, Christmas spirit, or really any understanding of what Christmas even is.  Th...

Hiking Samaria Gorge

After one night’s sleep in the port city of Heraklion, Crete, we took the morning bus to Hania (also seen spelled Chania) where we would stay to explore and hike the Samaria Gorge.  Our two hour bus ride was well worth it for this charming old style town.  Narrow, winding pedestrian streets are ...

Sailing With Dolphins on Naxos Island, Greece

Half an hour on the metro from Athens city center took us to Piraeus, the main port of Athens in which you can take a ferry to one of Greece’s countless islands, or even over to Italy for a whole other adventure entirely. Our destination this morning was Naxos, the largest of the Greek Cycladic i...

Athens Adventures

“Honey, We are not in China anymore.” This was the phrase that ultimately describes our first day in Greece, and it was absolutely, one hundred percent fabulous!  Even at the airport in Athens the fabulousness began, as we exited and had motorcycles and cars literally stop for us to ...