The End of the Road: My Last Blog Post

Respect Yourself quote

I think the title of this post says it all: this is the end of the road for me as a travel blogger. Blogging is no  longer serving me, growing me or making me happy. […]

How to Volunteer with Pandas in China

Dujiangyan panda

When I started planning my recent trip to China, I knew I wanted to visit Chengdu to see China’s famous giant pandas. Most tourists go to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to catch […]

How I Conquered the Great Wall Marathon

Great Wall view

As I slowly dragged one foot in front of the other, I could feel my calf muscles strain and tighten. I was running on relatively flat ground, on black asphalt, but it felt like I […]

Training for the Great Wall Marathon

Great Wall Marathon

Four weeks from today I will embark on what will be perhaps my greatest physical challenge: running the Great Wall Marathon in China. Sure, I’ve completed seven previous marathons, two of them in temperatures reaching […]

Five Years of Travel Blogging…Now What?

Bamako sunset 1

Sometime in February, I passed the five-year anniversary of this blog. I thought of writing something about it then, but never got around to it, in large part because I just didn’t have the motivation […]