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Life in China: Cost of Living

Life in China: Cost of Living

Hi everyone! Welcome back to “Life in China.” This is the second post in our series, and it is all about cost of living here in Shenzhen, China. We are frequently asked what the cost of living in China is like and whether we can […]

Life in China: A Series

Life in China: A Series

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the first in a series of posts about life in China. Living in China is something friends and family ask us about regularly, and learning more about daily life in this humungous nation was a topic of sincere interest for us […]

Visiting Kazan: Russia’s Third City

Visiting Kazan: Russia’s Third City

Kazan If you’re a FIFA fan, you know that Russia is hosting this year’s World Cup. The games are being held in eleven cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. Those big cities are deservedly renowned for their significance, and they are the places most folks visiting […]

Alpine Russia: The Caucasus

Alpine Russia: The Caucasus

Everyone knows about Russia. It’s a massive country with the kind of climate that would freeze fire, if that were possible. You probably know Jenia originally hails from Russia. When I, Shon, was offered a teaching job there in 2015, I took it, thinking it […]

How to Get to Hong Kong Airport from Shenzhen

How to Get to Hong Kong Airport from Shenzhen

So you need to get from Shenzhen to Hong Kong Airport (HKG) and the options aren’t clear. We compiled a list of options with approximate costs/travel time/level of convenience. Ferry This is a preferred method of many because of its speed (about 30 minutes from […]

Utah: The Best of Utah in a Week

Utah: The Best of Utah in a Week

A 7-day Itinerary to See the Best of Utah Utah is full of awesome beauty. It is a state which a person could spend many weeks exploring. Most of us, of course, don’t have weeks at a time to spend like that. It’s possible to […]

Vietnam E-Visa and Train Travel

Vietnam E-Visa and Train Travel

E-Visa to Vietnam There has been a lot of talk about Vietnam’s new e-visa recently. Since February 2017, nationals of 46 different countries are able to apply for a single-entry 30-day visa online, print out a visa, and enter Vietnam. Provided that the government website […]

Getting a Chinese Work Visa: Authentication, Invitation, and Visa

Getting a Chinese Work Visa: Authentication, Invitation, and Visa

Background Last year (2016-2017), we spent a year in the USA. After four years living and working abroad, we found life in Utah amazingly convenient. After all, everyone spoke English. We were within driving distance of anything we could want, including IKEA. And Utah is […]

The Best Guy Delisle Books

The Best Guy Delisle Books

The Best Guy Delisle Books If you’re like me (Shon, by the way), you love a good book. I am always interested in reading about others’ travel experiences, particularly if those travelogues coincide with my own travels. As a kid, I loved comic books, and […]

Cheap Travel Hacks: Travel on a Budget

Cheap Travel Hacks: Travel on a Budget

Travel Hacks: A Little Background We were invited to speak about our travels at Pei Chun High School in southern Malaysia while we visited that splendidly diverse country. That was great fun. We brought the entire Traveling Zoo and visited seven different classes, sharing our […]