Author Archives: Karen

Mile-High Meetup

Once upon a time, a Couchsurfer named Rahim stayed at our house in Milwaukee. We kept in touch with him as we toured Asia and even met his sister in Malaysia. Now, we finally have the chance to see him again, … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain National Park

The first major stop on our trip was in Rocky Mountain National Park. We arrived at a very popular time, the elk rutting season, when males bugle to attract the females. The elks tend to bunch up in the open … Continue reading

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Sorry, Sheep

As we made our way west, I suggested we get off the freeway for a change of scenery. Maybe we would even see a large feedlot. Sure enough, in northern Colorado we came across one… for sheep.

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Cheery China

We had certain expectations for China: chaos, crowds, crap, and coughs. We thought it would be harder than India or Cambodia. Turns out, it was much easier than we imagined. Quite pleasant, actually. Whew! A few factors helped make our … Continue reading

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The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China stretches 3,500 miles across mountains and valleys. Many tourist spots exist to satisfy the varied interests of visitors, and many tour companies are ready to take you there. Hearing that most tours include time-wasting, money-sucking … Continue reading

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Terracotta Empire

So it’s 1974, and you’re a Chinese peasant in Xi’an. You and your peasant buddies are digging a well. You churn up some dirt… you notice a shard of terracotta… and you discover an underground vault containing thousands of figures … Continue reading

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Rice Cake Break

Yes, we are in China and we should be searching out Chinese food. Yet I will never pass up the opportunity to teach my friends about the world’s perfect meal. So we ate Korean instead. We started with the popular … Continue reading

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The Fall

It was going to be a simple day, wandering Hong Kong’s harbor on my own and scouting restaurants for a celebratory dinner. The universe had other plans for me. With raindrops falling, I decided to take an underground metro passage … Continue reading

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Karen’s Critters: Visiting an Old Friend

Make that a very old friend. About 42,000 years old. I fell in love with woolly mammoths two decades ago while visiting the Mammoth Site in South Dakota. These huge animals are similar to elephants, yet brown and woolly. That … Continue reading

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Hurricane Amanda

Want a whirlwind tour of Hong Kong? Look no further than our new friend, Amanda: expat Hong Konger and force of nature. She had at least enough energy to blow the four of us over. Amanda is a former co-worker of … Continue reading

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