12 Minimalist Packing Essentials, Part 1: Jackets

OR Aspire Jacket

I’m currently on a 3-month around-the-country (mostly by train) trip, the country being the USA. It seemed like a good time to update my packing list with the twelve items I now consider essential. In Part One I cover items one and two: my waterproof and soft shell jackets.

Why I Loved Beijing

Summer Palace, Beijing

I first heard it when watching In the Footsteps of Marco Polo on PBS, but I’ve heard it repeated numerous times since then: Beijing is cold, unfriendly, faceless.  Go to see the sights, but don’t expect to like it.  Only I really did like it: the city, the people, the food.  In hindsight, I think this is why.