5 Travel Essentials for Backpacking Asia

Getting ready for the first big OE, ‘overseas experience’ as they say in New Zealand, is equally exciting and stressful! I’ve met people who micro-managed every aspect of their trip, researching every detail, assuming Murphy’s Law always applies, and having a contingency for everything imaginable! I’ve also met people who seemingly just hopped on a […]

The Rubble Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang

The Standing Terracotta Army is probably the grandest artistic project and act of self preservation in the history of civilized mankind. 8,000+ hand carved clay statues, each one a unique masterpiece armed with weapons to defend the first emperor of China in the afterlife. Nearby is the Emperor’s Mausoleum, an underground tomb the size of […]

Ten Thousand Steps into Zhangjiajie

After spending a wonderful 5 days rock climbing, cycling and enjoying the night life on West Street in Yangshuo, I finally made my way to the famous Avatar Mountains called “Zhangjiajie”. Remember James Cameron’s smash hit movie “The Avatar” that took place on an imaginary planet called Pandora? With giant blue people with bows and […]