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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.
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.

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.” ―...

Happy Mother’s Day!

Because it's Mother's Day, I think this picture from Thailand belongs here, even though I can't explain it. I figure my mom will at...
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...
yuyuan shanghai

Black Friday

I have a confession to make. I'm a terrible consumer. I hate shopping. Crowds are even worse. Combine all that on Black Friday and...
seoul fireworks

Independence Day in Seoul

Celebrating Independence Day in Seoul, South Korea, with a spicy burger and some beer in Noksapyeong with a surprise fireworks show.
montreal fireworks

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.
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....
dameisha shenzhen

May Day, Day Late

Yesterday was May Day, or International Labor Day, whichever you'd prefer. It was celebrated in various ways around the world--protests in Seattle and Istanbul,...
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...
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...
Luang Prabang Laos

Is It Spring Break Yet?

One of the advantages of teaching at a college is that I have more vacation time. Unfortunately, I don't work at a college that...
xmas taipei

Christmas Greetings from Taipei

East Asia loves Christmas--I witnessed this while living in China. My Christmas tradition didn't change much when I moved to southern China years ago;...
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.