Month: December 2010

Mr. Huang and Michael

Hanging Out With The Locals

This is for my Weekly Travel Update. You can follow along in the Michael’s Travels category. If you haven’t noticed already, I like talking about my encounters with people. To me, the socializing aspect of travel is important.

The Chinese people have been some of the friendliest people I have ever encountered in my travels. Surprised? How is it possible when they’re pushing and shoving at the train station? When they seem to try to rip you off on souvenirs? When you can’t seem to get a taxi to pick you up? And when they call you fat?

How To Eat Fondue in Switzerland

You’ve arrived at the home of your dinner host, who is likely a distant relative or a several times removed cousin of someone else whom you’ve met in Switzerland. These gracious country folk will feed just about anyone who is some how associated with their family members. Even if you don’t speak one of their four national languages, just arrive on time and you’ll receive a warm welcome. On the menu this evening is a traditional Swiss repast: fondue.

When Blogging Changes Your Life

Art of Backpacking turns two years old!

The first post went out on December 4th, 2008 with a simple picture of Grinnell Glacier Moraine. I was just testing the waters. Next was the ‘official’ first post by Teresa which was hardly a post. I had no idea what I was getting into and it started with really simple and lame articles. The site was hosted for free from a friend and we didn’t even have SEO friendly URL’s because the host didn’t have that functionality.

Thailand is what Happens When You’re Not Making Other Plans

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you may have noticed that I don’t have an itinerary posted anywhere. I didn’t even know I was going to have the two months of January and February off when I took my part time job. I’m an English teacher in Xi’an, China. The plan was to stay in China and only make small trips to the surrounding cities I haven’t been to. I LOVE Thailand and knew one day I’d be going back but it never came across my mind that I’d be for New Years Eve.

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