I have been spending more money than I am really used to spending as of late. Why? Well, as you may or may not know, I am studying abroad right now in Hong Kong. While school here is important (and actually not that easy), I am heavily invested in traveling as much as possible.
This is an overdue post about one of the single best experiences I have had while traveling abroad. This is a post about someone I met a few weeks back while in Taiwan.
One thing I am consistently amazed by is just how widespread American brands are all over the world. In particular, and I think I have written about this before, I am always bewildered every time I see that all too iconic nike swoosh in the most bizarre of places.
As I have been traveling over the past few months, I have also begun to appreciate the tiny luxuries that make life 100x easier. I have written some initial thoughts about this before, but I really want to emphasize just how eye-opening and truly transformative it can be to put yourself in a situation that is even just slightly different from your comfort zone.
I have spent the past few days traveling solo (my first time ever traveling internationally alone) across Central Vietnam. I have really just stayed in Hoi An and (by the time you are reading this) have taken an 8 hour motorbike journey to Hue.
As I have been traveling over the past few months, I have taken a great appreciation for the little aspects of technology that make living in the modern world 100x better. One small token of thankfulness I have, and realization of how lucky I am to have access to this innovative technology, is for digital mapping and navigation.
One of the most obvious observations I immediately made when walking around the streets of Shanghai was just how many rows of bicycles I saw cluttering the sidewalks. I have seen these “bikesharing” clusters before, especially in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York City, but never to this magnitude.
Is Roger Federer the most accomplished/impressive athlete in the history of sports? While certainly a bold claim, I would argue that Federer’s remarkable run over the past 13 years is perhaps the single most momentous performance of all time.
I just returned from a 4-day trip to Shanghai, China. It was my first time in China and overall a great experience. Definitely a trip I will remember forever, and one that has convinced me to prioritize travel around China over the next few months.
As I have published hundreds and hundreds of essays/blog posts over the past few years, I have made a number of claims/assertions that now, in retrospect, I likely disagree with.