Beitou Hot Springs

Experiencing Long Nai Tang Hot Springs in Beitou, Taiwan

Wanting to include a hot springs experience in my day trip to Taipei’s Beitou district, I looked up places online and found an vast array of choices. Long Nai Tang Hot Springs seemed the most appealing as it was the oldest, dating back to 1896, and it had no website of its own. I only found […]

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Taipei is a Great City - Featured

What Makes Taipei an Awesome City to Visit

Taipei is an awesome city to visit! Located in the north of Taiwan, the capital city is in close proximity to the beach, as well as mountainous regions, and is well connected to the rest of the country. This makes both day trips and longer tours not only possible, but also easy for visitors to undertake. Taipei also […]

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A Dog's Life in Chiang Mai

A Dog’s Life in Chiang Mai

Of course, stray dogs live a tough life regardless of what streets they roam in their corners of the world. However, it seems as though the dogs that call the lanes of Chiang Mai home face a particularly uphill climb. These soi dogs, as they’re commonly known, must overcome challenges around every turn if they […]

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Beitou District - Taipei - Featured

A Day Trip to Beitou

A great way to spend a day in Taipei is by exploring the Beitou district. From a geothermal valley and hot springs to a Buddhist temple and several museums, activities in Taipei’s northwest district are quite varied. Here’s how I spent the day: Beitou Park Just across the street from the Xinbeitou metro station Beitou […]

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Elephant Lesbians - Tilly and Mae Kham Puan

Tilly and Mae Kham Puan – A Lesbian Elephant Couple

Elephants are matriarchal by nature, forming strong, tight-knit all-female herds, kicking out males when they become of age. In the wild, female elephants only consort with males for reproductive purposes, always returning to the herd. In the wild, Southeast Asian jungles, herds are typically comprised of only family members. However, in sanctuaries, such as Elephant Nature Park, […]

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Bonita Cafe Vegan - Bangkok - Featured

Bonita Cafe – Vegan Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

Located in the hustle and bustle of the Silom district in Bangkok, Bonita Cafe is a quaint escape serving delicious meals. Focused primarily on animal welfare, this restaurant does a great job in transforming traditional comfort food into hearty, vegan dishes. Atmosphere Decorated with unique pieces of Americana, Bonita Cafe transports visitors to a country-style […]

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Elephant Mountain - Hiking in Typhoon - Featured

Sightseeing in Taipei During Typhoon Season

“A typhoon is coming!” The hotel staff delivered this message with a smile and seemingly without real concern. “It’s making a stop here on its way to Japan”, they explained. Coming from a part of the world where typhoons are as exotic as using a coconut as a drinking vessel, I really didn’t know how […]

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Ice Love You - Vegan Ice Cream - Chiang Mai

Ice Love You – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located on an unassuming small street off of Suthep Road, Ice Love You serves up vegan ice cream (mostly) in a comfortable setting. Although this locale mostly targets local Chiang Mai University students with flavors such as CMU cheese (not vegan), everyone is welcomed by a friendly staff. Flavors Ice Love You has two freezers […]

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Easy Mind Guesthouse - Taipei - Featured

Easy Mind Guesthouse – Taipei, Taiwan

Tucked away on the 12th floor of an unassuming building on busy Chengde Street, Easy Mind Guesthouse is only a short 10 minute walk from Taipei’s Main Station. First Impression Easy Mind Guesthouse makes a good first impression with a lobby and kitchen area with modern decor and a friendly staff. All guests are asked to […]

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Main Inn Taipei

Taipei Main Inn – Taipei, Taiwan

Perfectly located in downtown Taipei, Taipei Main Inn is directly across from Exit Y13 of Taipei’s Main Station, servicing the Red and Blue lines, making it very easy to get to anywhere in the city quickly. Compared to other accommodation options near the Main Station, Taipei’s Main Inn offers the best value for your money. […]

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Ooh Cha Cha Vegan Cafe - Taipei, Taiwan

Ooh Cha Cha Cafe – Vegan Restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan

Conveniently located practically right outside Exit 2 of Taipei’s Guting Station (green line), Ooh Cha Cha Cafe has brought both delicious and healthy vegan options to the neighborhood. The owners, university sweethearts from Southern California named Mai and Spencer, are passionate about providing healthful cruelty-free dishes, promoting messages like “kindness” and “compassion” in their restaurant. Atmosphere […]

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Knife Massage Taipei

Getting a Knife Massage in Taipei

So I was walking back to my hostel in the underground shopping mall at Taipei’s Main Station and just when I was about to climb the stairs at Exit Y13 something curious caught my eye. Were those people really being hit with butcher knives? Seeing my surprise, and perhaps a look of utter horror, a […]

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Unusual Classrooms

Unusual Classrooms

Teaching English as a Second Language lends itself to a nomadic lifestyle, allowing me to combine my love of teaching with my love of traveling. I have taught in four countries including my own, spanning three continents. While usually my classrooms have been the standard desk, chair and white board scenario, my travels have opened […]

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Mae Tee - Buddhist Funeral

A Buddhist Funeral for Mae Tee

Sticks of incense stand upright in the freshly up-turned dirt, filling the air with their fragrant smoke. Like runway lights, they lead the way from where I stand to Mae Tee, finally at rest. Before she came to Elephant Nature Park, Mae Tee was forced to work in the logging industry, hauling massive logs through […]

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