After spending many weekends wandering through the mountains near my home in Hsinchu, exploring mountain roads and aboriginal villages, it was time for a weekend getaway and some different scenery. So my friend and I packed our small backpacks and headed south on the high-speed rail to Tainan.
Tainan … Read more
Before moving to Taiwan, I knew very little about the country except that it’s an island with some murky connection to China. I had a Skype interview with a Taiwanese school, jumped on a flight and arrived on this island totally clueless. In the past few years, I’ve learned a … Read more
Dutch explorers named Taiwan “Formosa” meaning “beautiful island”. Those Dutch guys were experienced world-traveling explorers who knew what they were talking about. The beauty of Taiwan is kind of a well-kept secret, but I’m spilling it here. There are high mountains, hot springs, amazing hiking, and beautiful beaches. And the … Read more
A few days ago, I received an email from an American woman named Jennifer. She is considering moving to Taiwan in the next few years and had plenty of interesting questions. As we discussed the pros and cons of becoming a Taiwan expat, her questions made me realize that there … Read more
Northern Thailand is one of my favorite areas of South East Asia and I find myself returning there over and over. Unfortunately, last year’s Mae Hong Son Loop trip wasn’t a smooth journey. So, after a disastrous first attempt at the Mae Hong Son Loop, my friend Deborah and I … Read more
It was springtime in Hanoi and it was hot. Seriously hot. Sweltering heat and no air conditioning in our house. Even the rats were sweating. One actually ran into my room looking for a fan. It was the last week of my volunteer teaching gig at Hanoi High School and … Read more
I’m always up for a new adventure and am a firm believer that exploring any place on a scooter is the best way to get to know the area. So, when my friend James suggested a quick scooter trip to Hualien, I jumped at the chance to see more of … Read more
The Cao Dai religion is unique to Vietnam and, luckily, the largest Cao Dai Temple is located very near Saigon. This allows for an easy day trip in combination with the historically fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels.
Being a very independent traveler, I usually avoid group tours but in this case, … Read more