We spent a day with the locals at a hutong neighborhood in Beijing. A hutong is a traditional Chinese neighborhood with concrete houses and narrow alleys. About forty years ago, most of Beijing was comprised of hutongs – before they were demolished to make way for large high rises today. The hutong we went to is protected by the government as a way to preserve cultural history. Continue Reading →
went to the Great Wall of China! It’s pretty amazing, even though the part we went to was a touristy portion that looks rebuilt.
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in China! One of the first stops we went to was The Forbidden City. It was once the polical center of China as well as a palace for the emperor and his entire posse (family, officials, concubines).
It’s one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen.
My trip to the south is the first of many, since my future in-laws live down in Gainesville, Georgia. But as this is my first time here, I had to get all the touristy stuff out
of the way, like buying cowboy boots and consuming an unhealthy amount of biscuits, fried chicken, and sweet tea.
We had plans to ride horses and shoot a shotgun with our family friends, but the rainy weather isn’t agreeing with us.
This year, I’m spending Thanksgiving with Mike’s family in Florida. We drove seven hours from Gainesville, Georgia to Destin, Florida in a van packed with six people, two dogs, and enough food to survive a zombie apocalypse. Continue Reading →
I’m in Georgia! I’ve been looking forward to this trip. It’s my first time here – my first time in the south, actually.
I’m staying with Mike’s family in Gainesville, Georgia. In case you’re confused, my Asian looking fiance is actually only half Asian. His parents are divorced and remarried, with one family living out in the Bay Area, and the other half (Caucasian side) living in north Georgia. They’re wonderful people who have practically adopted me into their family.
The main attraction here is definitely people watching. Apparently, this is where every teenager in Tokyo dresses up in costume to do – of all things, choreographed dancing. And since none of this is out of the ordinary in Japan, people don’t even look twice when they see a guy walking around with a horse head. Or a stocky man wearing a frilly dress with really hairy
legs (Okay, maaaaybe San Francisco).
Or a 90’s hip hop dancing master. Or an Elvis wannabe…