Author: Jill Wigert

Euro Trip

Let the Summer Eurotrip Begin!

Our first day in Rotterdam, Netherlands has left us utterly exhausted. We walked around the city all day long and jet lag is catching up to us. As I type this, my body thinks...

Breaking Routines

When we first moved to China, 11 months ago, I was terrified about falling into a routine and yet I desperately needed a break from the constant motion and change of travel. As humans...

Ancient Chinese Communes – Fujian Tulou

The sun hadn’t yet started its gentle rise by the time we awoke. Rubbing the sleep from our eyes Martin and I briskly walked to the metro station in the drizzling rain. With our two...

Living in China – FAQs

Martin and I have been living in Shenzhen for almost 10 months. Many people are curious about what it’s like to live here, so I thought I would answer a few common questions about...

Naked and Alone in a Japanese Hot Tub

We hadn’t slept at all when we landed in Tokyo at 8:00 a.m. Was it a mistake to take the 4-hour red-eye flight from Hong Kong? Then, I spotted a coffee shop. The world...

Macau: Am I in China or Portugal?

I had three whole days off. I had forgotten how precious three days off in a row could be. With working overtime and taking on two extra projects, I desperately needed a break. We...

Baffled Daily By Chinese Culture

I’ve now slept in the same bed for 8 consecutive weeks – the longest period of time in two years. Time flitters by and anxiety creeps in. Am I wasting my life? What do...

The Allure and Trap of Routines

Our brains naturally gravitate toward routines. We like patterns. It makes life easier, which leaves more energy for non-routine things, like navigating to a new destination or solving a complex problem. When Martin and...