Open up to new experiences and participate in local life is my favorite travel tip, as it is what transforms us from tourist to travelers. We don’t want to watch, we want to participate. As it is Wordless Wednesday in addition to AtoZ Travel Tips, I offer these examples. Participate In Local Life All photos ©Rhonda Albom 2011-2012. All rights Reserved. Do you participate in local life when you travel? Wordless Wednesday is a Blog Hop, So is AtoZ If you are using photos to tell your story today, please add a link to your post.
Always bring toilet paper. I am not a rule follower, so generally any rule that starts with “Always” gets a roll of my eyes. Today starts the Blogging AtoZ challenge 2013 for which I am presenting one travel tip which I learned the hard way each April day (except Sunday) beginning with consecutive letters of the alphabet, starting with “A for “Always.” I admit it, I like toilet paper and I didn’t see much of it as we traveled around the world in 2012. Now it has joined my essentials list: passport, credit card, rain jacket, basic clothing and toilet paper. [Read More]
Hunaman the Monkey God Photo ©Rhonda Albom 2012 I know this is supposed to be a wordless post (for Wordless Wednesday), however I thought you would want to know something about the Monkey God. Larger than life, this huge statue of Hunaman, the Monkey God seemed a bit of a surprise at the far end of the Batu Caves temple complex, located outside Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The Monkey God towers above the entrance to a temple dedicated to his worship. Batu Caves contain natural beauty (discovered only after climbing the 272 steps to the entrance), Hindu temples and [Read More]
We loved China (most of the time), and have come up with a list of our best travel tips on China. Vising this Asian nation was interesting, frustrating, exciting, dirty, crowded, historic, loud, colorful, stinky, inexpensive, polluted, multi-cultural, modern and ancient all at the same time. If you are headed to Asia, here are. . . My best travel tips on China: Bring a smartphone and download an app called Qingwen – this will allow you to type a word in English and have it translated into Chinese characters. This was really useful when we needed anything. The hotels have [Read More]
There is just so much to capture in Beijing photos that I just can’t do it justice in a reasonable amount of posts. So hang on to your hat and get ready for a whirlwind photo tour of Beijing – the rest of our favorite sites (although I did save a few for tomorrows China summary post): Plus we visited a cloisonne factory (all hand made), went to Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Wangfujing Street, Lama Temple, had a rickshaw ride, and visited a Chinese Medicine Doctor. However, of all the things we did in Beijing, climbing the Great Wall [Read More]
We learned a bit about Chinese medicine today at the Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Health Preservation Research Center. First we were greeted with a cup of flower tea. While our feet soaked in a special tea bath, an English speaking doctor gave an overview of the basic philosophy behind Chinese Medicine. There are three facets: Yin Yang – everything needs balance, and harmony including the body. Chinese medicine looks at the symptoms, but treats the root cause Diagnostics are done by taking 6 pulses and looking at the tongue, skin color and asking questions. After our lesson, we had a [Read More]