Queen Sirikit

Party Crashing

It was a pleasant coincidence that I booked my trip to Halifax during Canada Day celebrations. I also visited Montreal last year during a...
xmas taipei

Celebrating an Expat Christmas

Celebrating holidays away from home can be difficult and, for some, stressful. And while I don't celebrate Christmas, I have taken part in activities in some countries.
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Story of a Bridge

Jersey City installed a new Liberty State Park bridge for pedestrians and bikes. It replaces the bridge washed away by Hurricane Sandy.
chengdu china

Slithering into a New Year

The Chinese New Year is upon us! It's the year of the snake, which probably means that a lot of people in China will...

Mid-Autumn Travel

This Sunday is Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) in China, and this year it coincides with the October 1 national holiday, which means the entire country...
dublin ireland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It's St. Patrick's Day and the bars are already packed (at least, I assume so). The sun is shining and the spring temperatures have...
china firecrackers

Happy Dragon

新年快乐! Happy New Year to everyone celebrating the Year of the Dragon. I have a lot of fond memories of celebrating Spring Festival in China....
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Traveler Holiday Gift Picks

It's holiday shopping season, so here's a list of traveler gift picks to help you find the right gift for the traveler on your list.
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Happy Canada Day!

Watching part of the parade for the Canada Day festivities in Halifax, followed by food, drinks, and fireworks at the Farmer's Market.
shinjuku tokyo

Celebrating Abroad

I've been working on the theory that birthdays abroad don't count. I like this theory because I've now celebrated six birthdays abroad (one in...
smoked sausage

Double the Independence

A trip to Halifax to enjoy Canada Day on July 1 before returning to the US to enjoy American Independence Day on July 4.
angkor wat

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year, friends and readers! I celebrated in Siem Reap, Cambodia last night, but didn't join in the festivities on Pub Street as the...
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Freezing into the New Year in Montreal

Spending the New Year's Eve in the frigid Canadian city of Montreal. Following the crowds to watch the festivities and fireworks along the river.
tim burton christmas

Tim Burton Christmas in Tokyo

I found a Tokyo department store window display for Christmas, "Finding Wonder Christmas," that reminded me of Tim Burton.

Happy 2015!

“For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ―...