• Rants
  • 10 Unsavory, Yet Uniquely American Characteristics

    A Homeless Man on the Streets of El Paso, Texas

    I always want to think the best about my homeland, but my experiences abroad have taken those rose-colored glasses off and forever changed the way I see it. I recently spent two months back in the good ol’ US of A, but I could never enjoy myself too much because of the usual never-ending American BS. Read this article to find out which ten uniquely American traits were the most reverse culture shock inducing.

  • Trip Reports
  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    I have mostly fond memories of my two trips to Phnom Penh – the cultural vibrancy, the laid-back vibes, the nightlife, the excellent foreign cuisine – the city was just such a cool place. But those trips were over five years ago, and both me and the city have surely changed a lot in that time. So can Phnom Penh still hold on to its former glory? Read this trip report to find out.

  • Trip Reports
  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Nightscape of Ho Chi Minh City and the Saigon River

    In part two of my Vietnam trip report, I find myself down south in Ho Chi Minh City for the third time in my life. I previously had mixed feelings about Vietnam’s largest city, so will anything change this time around over five years later? Read this trip report to learn my third impressions of Vietnam’s famous city in the south and just how it compares to its famous city in the north.

  • Trip Reports
  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

    After a long five year hiatus, I’ve once again found myself in Vietnam. My two week trip starts in the capital of Hanoi, and then ends in the megacity of Saigon. Though I’ve been in the country twice before, it’s actually my first in Hanoi. Did I wait eight years too long to see Vietnam’s cultural capital, or is it just a visit once then never again kind of city? Read this trip report to find out what the former capital of French Indochina is really like in 2017.

  • Trip Reports
  • Trip Report: Seven Days in Shenyang, Liaoning, China

    Liaoning Broadcast and TV Tower in Shenyang, China

    Just when I was about to declare this year’s trip to Northeast China a giant flop, Shenyang came in to rescue my fleeting hope for the country. But what set Shenyang apart from neighboring Chinese cities like Changchun, Yanji, and Mudanjiang? How could it even be that much different? Read this trip report to find out what made Shenyang – the largest city in Northeast China – well worth a visit.

  • Travelogues
  • An American’s Reflections on Spending Chinese New Year in China

    Chinese Home Front Gate

    Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year in China? It’s a heck of a lot different than celebrating it back in the States, that’s for sure. The eating, the drinking, the mahjong, and the fireworks all make for an unforgettable experience for the uninitiated Westerner. This travelogue is all about spending the Lunar New Year in the Middle Kingdom as the white elephant in the room.