Jan 272012
 
10 Ways to Become Extremely Productive and Organized

“Argh!” my friend emailed, “How are you able to juggle all your work and social and fitness obligations??”

“Help me organize my life!”

In the email I wrote back to her, I realized that I have, indeed, honed a set of concrete Life Juggling strategies that have enabled me to get a ton done (click here for examples of uber-productivity) while still staying sane.

Allow me to share these productivity tricks with you now, as you [...Read More!]

Dec 082011
 
Shanghai's Great 1,200 Foot Building, and Its Bathroom

In the previous article, we discussed the most shocking bathroom situation of my world travels.

But what is the most luxurious toilet of China?

Easy. Just go to Shanghai and travel about 1,000 feet… straight UP!

The Cloud 9 Bar and Grill is on the 87th floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel of Shanghai, and is one of the highest-up and most beautiful bars on Earth.

It also has one of the best bathrooms in [...Read More!]

Nov 072011
 
Loving Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts in Shanghai, China?!

As a hip, world-traveling American, I am supposed to run in the other direction when I see a chain store from my native country, especially if that chain is a monster like Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.

Buuuuut… it’s not that simple. You see, rather than being disgusted by the tentacles of imperialism in corporate garb, I’m frequently fascinated and impressed.

For example, check out the lead photo of this article. Dunkin’ Donuts of [...Read More!]

Oct 272011
 
A Tale of Buns and The Best Food of China Travel

“Tell him in Chinese that we love his dumplings!” I hissed to Gareth as we walked out of the restaurant, passing by the saintly man frying and steaming the dumplings we’d just gobbled up.

My friend and I sidled up awkwardly behind the chef, waiting for an appropriate time to sing his praises.

Clouds poured from the steamed bun baskets. Oil sputtered from the giant black dumpling-frying pan. The man’s hand flew upward [...Read More!]

Oct 062011
 
Give Me an Easy, Free Birthday Gift With a Big Impact!

Tomorrow is my 30th birthday!

Want to make me REALLY, REALLY happy with a free gift? Here’s what I most desire:

1. Show some love to my two websites, AroundTheWorldL.com and TeachingTraveling.com by: reading, commenting on, and reposting/sharing/emailing articles, “Liking” the Facebook pages (currently near 1,400 fans!) and using the “suggest to friends” button, “Stumbling” articles (if you’re advanced like that), and generally bringing as many eyes as possible to these 500+ articles I [...Read More!]

Oct 042011
 
The Funniest Restaurant Food Menu of My China Travels

Let us preface this by saying, humbly, that if I attempted to translate an American menu into Mandarin, what would result would look like stick figures doing a conga line. Now, with that humility out of the way, please sit back and laugh as hard as I did, perusing this dinner menu from a Chinese restaurant in the Bund district of Shanghai.

So which dish would YOU order?

Sep 292011
 
A China Travel Tip That Could Save Your Life

You know that Green Walking Man icon that indicates (in most countries in the world) that it is safe for pedestrians to cross the road at a designated crosswalk, because oncoming cars must stop?

Take this China travel tip and save a life: In China, the Green Walk Signal actually means… absolutely nothing.

Unfailingly, in the two weeks I traveled through China, I would start to stride across the crosswalk, the Green Walk [...Read More!]