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I spent the night in Beijing, in a neighborhood close to the airport. It was funny being back in China. I wandered around the neighborhood and went to the grocery store to get snacks (and cucumber chips). After a day of exploring, I was back at the airport and on my flight home. Funny side note: 2 Chinese girls in the tea shop at the airport were laughing at me, so I smiled and asked them what was so funny. They of course laughed even more (& covered their mouths with their hands) and then said “your hair on arms Read more…

The Slow Boat From China


And I`m back! I completely forgot about the China censorship issue, so I was only partially surprised when I couldn`t login from China. It`s been a busy week! We just arrived in Osaka this morning off a 48 hour ferry boat from Shanghai. Good Times! :) I`ll be filling in the gaps of the last week eventually, but for now, I`m alive! Japan is so different than China. China was a great experience, but it`s nice to be back in a 1st world country. Biggest difference… the toilet situation (not a big fan of squat toilets, but that`s another story). Read more…

Just Call Me Jonah


Let me tell you about my boat journey, but shhh… we’ll have to whisper, so I don’t get thrown overboard. After a long morning of hurry up and wait, we finally made it through Customs to board the boat for our trip across the East China Sea. It took us about an hour just to get out of Shanghai, which made me thankful for not taking a river boat here in Shanghai, as we saw the whole thing from the ferry anyway. So, our accommodations are “clean and comfortable”, lol, no, really, it’s cool, it’s just a little cramped to Read more…

The Whore of the Orient…


…according to someone’s guidebook. After being in Xi’an and Beijing, Shanghai has such a different feel. It has a big city energy, and it just feels alive. When we first arrived, and headed down Nanjing Road in search of lunch, we got sidetracked with all the people and shops to look at and ended up walking for several hours. It’s so busy here. I love this city, it’s mind-blowing. Lights and people everywhere. I imagine Tokyo is going to be even crazier. A few of my favorite things about Shanghai: Everyone kept recommending the acrobat show in Shanghai, and it Read more…

The Terracotta Warriors


When you’re traveling, sometimes the days stretch out forever. You think back at the end of the day and realize that something that happened in the morning seems like several days ago. Today was one of those days. This morning I went to the Terracotta Warriors near Xi’an. I had seen pictures of the Terracotta Army before, but pictures just don’t do it justice. The scale of the site is incredible. Each warrior and horse is different, and originally they were also all hand-painted. No narcissism in Emporer Qin, eh? This afternoon, several of us girls decided to get massages. Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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