1 Day in Hue: A Motorbike Tour Story

After the first day of my bike tour, I found myself 110 kilometers down the highway from Da Nang in Vietnam’s old imperial capital city of Hue. Hue is a lovely city situated about 15 kilometers inland from the South China Sea along the banks of the Perfume River. And while there are several interesting…

I Went for a Ride on a Sunny Afternoon

It was a pleasant 14 degrees and sunny when I headed out for a ride this afternoon. It was precisely for this kind of winter weather that I was drawn to live here in southern China. In recent years I have grown to despise the snowy and often times unfortunately messy winter of my home…

Wuyishan: A Photo Essay

My most recent bike trip to Wuyishan wasn't quite the trip I had envisioned. The weather turned out to be much rainier than had been forecast and some heavy rains and a cancellation meant that the number of attractions that I got to see at the park were quite a lot less than I had…

Setting Forth: On the Road to Sanming

Setting Forth. It is the title of a song by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam that he wrote for the soundtrack to the movie, Into the Wild. Setting forth in the universe, it says. It’s a song that always sets off an emotional reverberation for me. It starts somewhere deep within me and bit by…

May I Take Your Photo? Handling the Burden of Fame in China.

There seems to be a slight disturbance on the sidewalk in front of the busy shopping center. Men stare in bewilderment and slight astonishment, children walk into the legs of adults and nearby walls as they stare with a look on their little faces that rests somewhere between terror, confusion, and amusement, and women of…

It's the Little Things

When it comes right down to it, it’s the little things that matter. It’s the little things that make the difference. When it comes to life here in China there are plenty of big differences, but by and large they are expected differences. Things like language and food and currency. Anybody that expects those things…

Anping Park- Finding Solitude in the Busy City

One of the first things you notice about China is the noise. To say they use the horns on their vehicles liberally would be a gross understatement of the truth. I had only been here long enough to get to my apartment from the airport, unpack a little, and have a much needed nap before…

Sunday Morning at Jinjiang’s Old Market

There are times when I am visiting a new city that I like to pick a direction and wander off into the unknown with no plan and see what I can see. What I do during such times is watch the people around me and look for places where large groups have gathered or large…

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In a little more than 24 hours I'm going to be embarking on my next big adventure: teaching high school in China. Read about it here. There are times when I think about it that I get so excited that I can't sit still. At other times I want to throw up, just a little bit.…

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Great Wall of China

Today is August 4th and it marks one year since I have had a cigarette. Wow. I remember clearly pulling in behind the Tim Horton’s at Whitbourne and smoking three or four cigarettes over a cup of tea and deciding that there was never going to be a better time to stop than that moment.…