Lazy Sunday in Shanghai

Happiest discovery of the day was that "my" subway line, the #9, goes right to Tianzifang Alley, my fav place to shop.  How did I not know this before??  It's the little things that make me happy.  Pathetic.  If you come to Shanghai, you absolutely must shop there.  Quaint and photogenic, the crowded alleyways are lined with interesting stuff.  One place even had Cronuts, the croissant/donut that is so hot in NYC right now.  Trendy!...more

Evening Stroll in Shanghai

The culture here, especially in warmer months, is to enjoy the outdoors and stroll with friends, family and pets.  I'm all about walking and having adventures so I embraced this tradition and took a walk last night along the Huangpu River in Pudong near our apartment.  It was hot and humid with the AQI in the 160+ "Unhealthy" range, which in Shanghai means a lovely evening, so everyone was out enjoying themselves.  Without Thom, it's not as much fun but he will be home soon, so in the meantime, I had to get out and enjoy some unhealthy air all by my lonesome.&n...more

Family biking

Adventure Cycling Association is hosting their 2nd annual video contest, and we are participating! We created a 4 minute video featuring our Portrait of a Cyclist.   ...more

The Critical Question: To Shoot or not to Shoot

    Travellers and tourists love to take pictures to document their travels and take back memories of the richness of their experiences and share them with their families, friends and audiences. The more I travel, the more I see examples of insensitivity in click-happy tourists. Sure, we all have our moments of absolute certainty that we could be the next National Geographic photographers, and so we absolutely must take that one ‘heart warming’ picture....more

Summer Bucket List :: Alaska Style!

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams and aspirations or simply your chore list. Share with us! I hope for this to be a place where we can come to be inspired and motivated by the things other people have in the works. The possibilities are endless!...more


I'm honestly not sure why he caught my attention.Our street is busy and people are always walking by. In fact, he was half-way past my house when I heard myself yell out, "May I offer you a soda?"The young man's body visibly relaxed under his heavy backpack. A backpack laden with, well, everything. He smiled and said that would be great....more

Packing for a Work Trip

I’m on my way to Boston for a two-day meeting and I’m thrilled because it’s my first ever work trip. I’ll also be staying an extra day for a mini vacation. Packing for a 3 1/2 day trip proved to be more challenging than I thought. With some editing and a lot of simplifying, I was able to fit everything in a small backpack....more

A City Girl's Guide to Glamping It Up in the Woods

Before last summer, I wouldn't have considered myself a "camper."...more
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American Adventure- World Records & Wine

So on Monday, after 5 full days in Wilmington we headed back to Lexington. This post might be quite short. The very first bit of the trip was brilliant, after that it got a little tough and not that much fun!...more