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Dear China, It’s Not Me, it’s You

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamiliton lives the true China expat experience, which is some strange stalemate between the contending forces of being repelled and held captivated.

Why so Many Chinese Teens are Dressing up Like Cartoon Characters

Mitch Blatt

The allure of cosplay in China.

Travels on the Forgotten Island: Taiwan’s Lesser Kinmen

Wade Shepard

Traveling through old China on Taiwan’s Lesser Kinmen Island.

Exploring Argentina’s Paraná Delta of Tigre

David Fegan

Traveling by boat through Argentina’s Paraná Delta.

High on Grog in Fiji: The Kava Experience

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton tries Kava in Fiji.

6 Impressions of America as Seen by a Traveler

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton returns to the USA, this is what he found.

In Focus: Taiwan’s Kinmen Island

Wade Shepard

Find out what makes Taiwan’s Kinmen Island so interesting.

Is Fiji Expensive?

Will you blow your budget on these snacks?

Can a cheap ass budget traveler really afford to travel to Fiji?

A Traditional Funeral in Fiji

The body leaves the church and is carried to the cemetery on the other side of the village

Lawrence Hamilton transitions from a flight across the world to a traditional funeral in Fiji.

6 Impressions of America as Seen by a Traveler

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Lawrence Hamilton returns to the USA, this is what he found.

Chinese girl scotch

This is the easiest way I've found to meet people when traveling.

Why I Go to Trade Fairs

travel blog business card

Trade shows can provide travelers with a goldmine of information about the country they're in and the road ahead.

cifit fair (2)

What China is becoming was showcased in a row of exhibits. Why was I the only one looking at them?

clam fishing in china (3)

At low tide in Xiamen thousands go into the surf to collect free food from the sea.

The Road Ahead: Wade to Walk Kinmen Island

My proposed route of travel around Kinmen

I am going to walk around Taiwan's Kinmen island.

Xiamen fisherman on foam raft

How the fishermen of Xiamen get back and forth from their boats.

In Focus: Taiwan’s Kinmen Island

Shrine in Jincheng.

Find out what makes Taiwan's Kinmen Island so interesting.

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A Night with Shanghai Businessmen

What is gained and what is lost from walking a wayward path.

goat milk Xiamen

China's cities are full of stark contrasts and contradictions, and that's what makes them so fascinating.

How New Zealanders Are Trying to Legalize Marijuana

Otago NORML relaxes in beautiful New Zealand countryside
photo credit-Julian Crawford

While wandering in the green hills of New Zealand Lawrence Hamilton meets NORML.

mooncakes (4)

There is much more to mooncakes than calories.

mid-autumn full moon

During China's Mid-Autumn Festival people pour out of their houses to admire the moon.

The Fast Chinese Goodbye

Xiamen beach

It is a sometimes startling social protocol in China for goodbyes to be so short as to nearly be nonexistent.

Learning Bobing, Mooncake Gambling in Xiamen


I learn how to mooncake gamble, and win a giant package of toilet paper.


Even in the most apparently mundane settings you never know what you may find . . . if you keep exploring.

How I Feel Upon Returning to China


I don't know why, but this is how I feel every time I come back to China.


I learn why the Chinese don't use the letter F to designate seats on their airplanes. Well, maybe.