The Gibbon Experience – Monkeying around in northern Laos

The Gibbon Experience – Monkeying around in northern Laos

“Step into the harness as if you’re stepping into a diaper,” the narrator in the instruction video said. “Don’t reckon I ever actually have stepped into a diaper,” a fellow traveler mumbled. Fair point.  I hadn’t either.  But it’s not that hard. I had just crossed over from Thailand in a small wooden boat. The […]

Another Chick on the Wall –  Hiking the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatái

Another Chick on the Wall – Hiking the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatái

The thing about the Great Wall is, it’s great.  There are a lot of different places to see it.  I wanted to do more than see it.  I wanted to experience it.  But how do you experience a wall? Hoping for something a little more authentic than clinging to a handrail and trying to dodge […]

I Should Have Asked: Things to Know Before You Sign Up for a Day Tour

I Should Have Asked: Things to Know Before You Sign Up for a Day Tour

All four of us in the gigantic silk store were crabby.  The employees were obviously annoyed that we weren’t buying.  And my travel partner and I were not happy to be there.  We had not signed on for this.  At least not knowingly.  It was a little “extra” which had been slipped into our day […]