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The Next Episode

15,775 km total. Even though we have spent almost one month in and around Ubud, barely cycling 70 km over four weeks, I have been putting off allowing myself to mentally declare our bike trip over. Now that I am on a plane, flying to Hong Kong without my bicycle, and without Jane, I guess […]

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Huffington Post: The Five Best Reasons To Visit China

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For those of you who were a little put off of China by our blog, Jane’s latest HuffPo article, The Five Best Reasons To Visit China, may help to change your mind.   ♥ [hr] Did you like this post? Please share it!

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So Long Sumerian

After packing up our small apartment and checking out, we headed to Sumerian Coffee for one more visit. This has become our local, even though it always involves a metro ride and a half-kilometre walk. The atmosphere is great, the staff are always cheery and friendly, the two dogs that run around the cafe are […]

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Goodbye Shanghai

Tomorrow we leave the city that we’ve been calling home for the last month, so today was all about saying goodbye to Shanghai. We spent most of the day hanging out and chatting with some of our new friends. It’s always fun to meet interesting and inquisitive people, who we can talk to for hours […]

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High Society

8,008 km so far. I taught my last two classes in Shanghai this afternoon at Karma Life Yoga’s Laoximen studio. It was bittersweet for me. I am really itching to get back on our bikes and travelling again, but I have also loved being on the mat every day, teaching students, and being immersed in […]

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Exploring Shanghai Suburbia

While Stephen was finishing up his last few classes in Shanghai, I decided to get out of the city centre and visit the water village of Qibao. Being only 30 metro minutes away from central Shanghai, Qibao is actually more of a water suburb than a village. I had read that one should under no […]

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10 Yogis Walk Into A Bar

8,008 km so far. What happens when a bunch of yogis go out together? They talk about yoga, of course. Tonight was one of those nights. Fortunately we were at Dr. Beer, one of Shanghai’s hip brewery bars, and it is well set up for mingling, talking, and, naturally, drinking beer. Tonight, we talked a […]

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Night Time Is The Light Time

8,008 km so far. I hardly ever take my camera out at night. Why bother, right? It’s too dark to take pictures anyway. But, I’ve carried around my cool little Gorillapod for 8,008 km and rarely used it, so I thought I’d dust it off and get some practice shooting some of Shanghai’s famous (and […]

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Shopping Small In Tianzifang

8,008 km so far. My continuing obsession with shikumen houses was fed today by a visit to the hipster-tourist shopping district of Tianzifang. This is the less polished counterpart to Xintiandi. While Xintiandi is all sterile chain stores housed in immaculate rebuilds of the old shikumen, Tianzifang squeezes its tiny boutique shops into the original […]

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Shikumen Living In Shanghai

The more I wander around the back streets of Shanghai, the more obsessed I become by shikumen, the low townhouses that used to stand throughout central Shanghai. The ones that still exist are abuzz with the sounds and smells of life being lived. Old women chop garlic in the longtan lanes, children run and shout, […]

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