The Mutianyu section of The Great Wall

Great Wall of China – Mutianyu and Badaling Sections

When I found out I had been accepted to the Jinhua Homestay Program, I was excited to be given the opportunity to travel to China and to Asia for the first time. Of course, one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of China is the Great Wall. While you can’t actually really see it from space (at least with the naked eye), it is still one of the wonders of the world. I decided that this would probably be my best chance to visit the Great Wall, so I added a couple of days in Beijing to my itinerary so that I could include it in my trip. Continue reading Great Wall of China – Mutianyu and Badaling Sections

Our Wu Opera troupe with our wonderful teacher.

Wu Opera

Wu opera is more than 400 years old, dating back to the middle of Ming Dynasty. At first, the troupes performed in the villages, beating drums and singing. Later it moved to the large stages of the towns and cities and is now performed around the world, including at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Continue reading Wu Opera

Part of the Frozen Niagara at  Mammoth Cave National Park

Louisville, Lincoln’s Birthplace, Mammoth Cave, and Jim Beam

The first stop on this tour was Mammoth Cave National Park, with stops in Louisville, the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, and the Jim Beam American Stillhouse. Overall, it was a great experience. Kentucky is an unexpectedly wonderful place, with friendly people, great sights, and of course, bourbon. Continue reading Louisville, Lincoln’s Birthplace, Mammoth Cave, and Jim Beam

The flavors in China are a bit different...

Let’s Talk About Asian Food

Whenever I travel, I have found that the one thing that everyone wants to know about is the food (followed by the weather). So I solicited a few questions about my experiences with food during my summer travels in Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China. The variety of food in Asia was amazing, and I had the opportunity to try dozens of new foods. Continue reading Let’s Talk About Asian Food