Beijing Part 2: Hidden Dragon

I'd done a lot of research on the Great Wall before leaving, and had a good idea of which section I wished to visit. Hiking from Simitai to Jiankou was my first choice, but it was closed. Jianshanlong was my second choice, but only if I could find a reasonably-priced tour heading there. Mutaniyu was … Continue reading Beijing Part 2: Hidden Dragon

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Beijing Part 1: Crouching Tiger

I stepped out of the unlit hutong alley, dodging rubbish and stray dogs as I headed closer to the main strip. I turned the corner onto a side street filled with small shops adorned with neon signs all in Mandarin. No English signs suggesting these stores welcomed Western customers, no flags showing what languages other than Chinese … Continue reading Beijing Part 1: Crouching Tiger

Jerusalem, if I forget you

My first memory of Israel? Being woken up by the flight attendant. Israel is a place I've for years dreamed about visiting. Never though I'd be visiting while dreaming! The distance finally caught up with me, and at some point during the flight I'd fallen asleep. The flight attendant roused me shortly before we began our descent into Tel … Continue reading Jerusalem, if I forget you