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{Tian An Men – Gate of Heavenly Peace}

Hello! Life on the other side of the world has been a busy one, but I’m back from my blogging hiatus, for now. My trip kicked off with a quick visit to Beijing. I’ve been there a handful of times, and always enjoy rediscovering the sights. Here are a few photos from my day as a tourist. 

Summer Palace Sky
{Forbidden City & Summer Palace}

We were so very lucky that Beijing’s infamous smog chose to skip town in our time there. The skies were so clear and blue and made the 100-degree heat a little more bearable. 

Beijing Food

One of the toughest things about only being in Beijing for two nights was picking where and what to eat from all of the options. On Thursday, we celebrated July 4th eating shumai dumplings at DuYiChu, a restaurant as old as our beloved USA. Peking Duck was mandatory and we devoured a fancy, modern take at Dadong Duck on our final night. 

Great Wall LandscaipeGreat Wall
Great Wall
{Mutianyu Great Wall}

The Great Wall is always breathtaking. We went to the Mutianyu section known for having the best views. The scenery was as advertised, but I think what I loved most about it was how surprisingly uncrowded it was. Feeling at peace in China is a precious thing. 


That does it for now. I hope you had yourself a great Fourth of July weekend. I know I did. 

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Pic Me Up - London

This week’s pic me up goes out to a little town called London.

Some of the best Chinese food I’ve ever had was enjoyed in London’s Chinatown last summer. My family was only in London for three days and we went to Chinatown for four of our meals. 

I’m on my way to the real deal now. We’ll see how it compares. 

See you on the other side!

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If you’re an avid fortune goodies follower, you’ll notice that today was the first weekday since I started this blog where I didn’t have a post published bright and early. I’ve had final exams and China on the brain and I’ve lost touch with my priorities. I’m not proud of it. 

I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind all five of you readers out there that I’ll be leaving for the motherland on Wednesday. I’ll be gone for 26 days, 26! and I’ll be going to about half as many cities in that time. Some of those places will offer great 21st-century amenities like wi-fi and running water, and others (Inner Mongolia, where my dad is from) will not. 

So you can expect more days like today where you don’t hear from me until late or don’t hear from me at all. Just know that it’s not because I’m off searching for the next thrill, but because I’m most likely looking for the nearest working sit-down toilet. Again, priorities.

No matter what, I’ll always have this little place on my mind. I’ll have my camera and iPhone in tow everywhere I go, and still plan hope to keep to my schedule of fortune finds, midweek pic me ups and #tbt recipe posts. So please check back again and often.

That’s my spiel. Thanks for reading and I hope you have an amazing July. Eat an extra July 4th dessert for me. I won’t be seeing this year’s White House fireworks, but I’ll be in the country that invented them. That’s got to count for something.

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Pic Me Up - Paris

This week’s pic me up is dedicated to Paris, the favorite destination of my daydreams. I can only hope my trip to China is half as wonderful as last year’s trip to the City of Lights.

Bisous, bisous.

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Pic Me Up - CO

Here are some pictures from my weekend at home in beautiful Colorado. We spent a night in Dillon and made trips to nearby Breckenridge and Vail. We’ve never been an outdoorsy family, but it was a nice change and the fresh mountain air did us all some good. It almost makes me regret all the times I opted for weekends at the movie theater and mall. Almost. 

Speaking of which, the week is halfway over! 

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Pic Me Up - Rome

I’m going home this weekend for Father’s Day/my mom’s birthday. Around this time last year we went on a whirlwind trip to Europe. Aurora, Colorado isn’t quite Rome, but I’m very much looking forward to some quality time with my parents. 

I hope you’re having a good week and if you’re not, at least it’s halfway over. Happy Hump Day!

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