Flying to North Korea - When most people think of North Korea they imagine a dictatorship closed to all outsiders. Surprisingly, it’s actually quite easy to visit. The hardest part is applying for a Chinese visa, as you have to go through China (or Russia) first. Here’s what it’s like to fly from Beijing to Pyongyang, the capital of North … Continue reading Flying to North Korea
Cat Cafes of Beijing - This is the second time I’ve visited China in the past year. Last autumn I enjoyed snuggling the affectionate kitties at Chengdu’s Peekaboo Cat Cafe, so I decided to see what Beijing has to offer too. L’infusion It’s a little tricky to find cat cafes in China as they love cat pictures and Hello Kitty, … Continue reading Cat Cafes of Beijing
Happy 70th Birthday, China - China has an ancient history but the country is technically quite young. After a brutal occupation by Japan up until the end of WWII and a civil war that forced the losing side out to Taiwan, Mao Zedong and his Communist Party formed The People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. Seventy years later, … Continue reading Happy 70th Birthday, China
The Real Harlem - Day 11 – Haarlem – 60 km We catch a free ferry to Amsterdam. I like how everyone rides their bikes off the boat instead of walking.
The Real Brooklyn - Day 9 – Utrecht to Hilversum – 36 km After visiting the vibrant collage town of Utrecht, we join a cycling path along the Dutch Water Line. Now a peaceful greenway, this series of sluices, dikes, and forts was constructed beginning in the 1620s as a military defense against the Spanish, French, and English. It … Continue reading The Real Brooklyn
The Home of Gouda Cheese - Day 6 – Rotterdam to Gouda – 49 km We say goodbye to Rotterdam, crossing over the Erasmusbrug bridge, the second largest in the Netherlands.
Rotterdam, The Strangest Dutch City - Day 4 – The Hague to Brielle – 54 km From The Hague, we cycle along the coastline to The Hook of Holland, a spit of land at the mouth of a major shipping channel.
Netherlands Cycling Adventure - Day 1 – Amsterdam – 42 km We pick up our comfy cruiser bikes from Mike’s Bike Rental in central Amsterdam and carefully strap on all our worldly possessions for the next two weeks. It’s time to explore Europe’s “low countries”.
The Long Way to Amsterdam - A New Adventure After spending the first half of this year hiking long distance trails in New Zealand and the Canadian Rockies, I’m excited to begin a completely different kind of adventure. I’m off to Amsterdam to aimlessly cycle through the flat countryside of the Netherlands while snacking on stroopwafel and Gouda cheese.
Great Divide Trail – A Walk Through the Canadian Rockies - I remember being four years old and gazing out toward the mountains, imagining what it would be like to visit such an incredible place. Hiking became a big part of my life years later and I’ve had the opportunity to explore many parts of the Canadian Rockies. I even walked most of the popular sections … Continue reading Great Divide Trail – A Walk Through the Canadian Rockies