Entries by onemoderncouple

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10 Things to Know About Beijing

The Capital of China – An Experience in Extremes It’s always hard to describe a place to someone who hasn’t been there, but with Beijing, we don’t believe there could ever be the words, pictures, or videos, to fully explain what it is like. It is a full sensory experience. The sights, sounds, tastes, smells and […]


Daily Digital – Guardian Figures

Imperial Gardens, The Forbidden City, Beijing – Guardian Figures   While walking the Imperial Gardens surrounding The Forbidden City in Beijing, we came across these figures along the sides of the roofs of the buildings. These are known as Guardian Figures. Protectors of sacred buildings, these creatures are displayed in a row with a god-like […]

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Beijing Night Market – A Sensory Assault

NOTE: The Wangfujing Night Market is no longer operating. Closed in 2016, the area is now being repurposed. Here’s what you would have experienced: Wangfujing Street Night Market – Fried Insects Anyone?   We were incredibly happy when we ended up meeting up with our fellow travel blogger/adventurer, Emily, back at the hostel after our […]


A Day Touring Beijing Part One – The Beijing Zoo

The Beijing Zoo: Elephants and Tigers and Pandas, Oh my! Still adjusting to the time difference, we were up pretty early one morning and decided to venture out to the opposite end of the subway system to where we knew there were a few tourist attractions. Since the zoo opened early, and Carolann loves elephants, […]


Climbing the Great Wall And Tourist Scams

The only thing harder than climbing the Great Wall is ordering dumplings. Our first full day in China had us learning many a lesson about the tourist scene here in Beijing. The learning curve is steep and it is definitely not without stumbles but we managed to navigate our way to, and from, the Great […]


What It Means For Us to Pack Up & Go – Part 2

  We touched on three of the common questions we’ve received when describing our decision to travel full-time: “What about money?”, “So, you are quitting your job?”, and “What about your apartment and things?” There are two additional questions we seem to receive quite frequently as well and we will attempt to answer them now. What […]

What It Means For Us to Pack Up & Go – Part 1

We recently read this quote by Charlotte Eriksson: “Find what makes you happy and go for it with all your heart. It will be hard, but I promise it will be worth it.” She basically summed up what we’ve been attempting to express to every person with whom we’ve discussed our plans. We found what […]