Chengdu: Home of the Pandas

On December 24, 2013 By

At the end of a work trip to Chengdu, my coworkers took me to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.  They have an immense property with various habitats for pandas at different ages including a nursery for both giant pandas and red pandas.


First of all, the center is [...]

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Weekend in Kuala Lumpur

On December 7, 2013 By

Justin and I have often tried to coordinate one of my work trips so that he could join for the beginning or end, but for 2 years it just didn’t happen.  Many of my trips are planned or cancelled last minute (which makes Justin’s airfare too expensive or risky), but last April we succeeded and [...]

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Tihar in Nepal

On December 7, 2013 By

The festival of lights, known as Tihar or Dipawali, is a 5 day festival that happened to coincide with our stay in Nepal.  This particular festival involved the celebration of different animals – one per day.  We happened to be walking through the villages during the dog day and cow day!

The animals are adorned [...]

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When we went to the local grocery store for the first time (Cold Storage) we felt as if we spent a similar amount of money compared to our usual St. Louis shopping trips but got about half as much food.  So, I decided to do an actual comparison to see just how much more expensive [...]

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Exploring Sri Lanka

On March 9, 2013 By

One very adventurous couple we met in Singapore moved back to the US about a year ago and gave us a parting gift – their Lonely Planet guide to Sri Lanka.  They loved travelling there and the cover of the guide has a photo of an elephant on the beach.  Seemed enticing.  In Singapore, we [...]

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When we started to book our Sri Lankan vacation, we asked around regarding transportation. While taking the trains and buses would certainly be maximum immersion into the daily life of Sri Lanka, we have determined that our preferences lie safely away from the “backpacker” end of the backpacker <<–>> luxury scale. This is the result [...]

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