While a lot of China is being modernized, the Great Wall is an everlasting legacy of an ancient time where construction of such a huge military barricade almost seems impossible

Keywords: China , Great Wall , hiking , Great Wall of China , hiking in China , Jiankou , Mutianyu

When arriving in Beijing, we both knew a must-do was to spend one of our three days exploring the nearby sections of the Great Wall of China, as arguably the wall is the most iconic monument in all of China. Having learned about how the Great Wall was built as protection from the northern Mongol invaders as a high-schooler, I was giddy with excitement to finally get my first chance to see this colossal feat in person – I mean come on it spans 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers)!

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50 Epic Yet Offbeat Things To Do in Cape Town!

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Based on 2.5 months in the city, my ultimate guide to things to do in Cape Town.

As a digital nomad, I’m always faced with a conundrum. I can either be close to nature or live in a hip, urban city with incredible food and diverse cultures. I can either have easy access to hiking trails or to music and film festivals. I can either detach myself from everything in the mountains or be plugged into the digital world with fast wifi.

As a digital nomad, I often feel like I can’t have it all.

But my recent digital nomad stint in Cape Town changed that. On my whirlwind first trip to South Africa 5 years ago, I knew it was a beautiful city. But I had no idea just how much it would indulge and inspire me.

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In late 2019, I ended up spending 2.5 months in the city…

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The One Where Mummy Actually Got To Read

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I enjoy visiting local museums and learning a bit of local history, so during a trip to Swindon this week I took Thing 1 and Thing 2 to The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

I had checked in advance what time it opened and we arrived just before. It is an old building but there was a ramp up to the front door and the double pushchair fit in through the pillars and the door. As I walked in I saw a sign directing me to where I could leave the pushchair. The museum and gallery are on several floors with no lift access. This is fine for us as The Things like to roam free these days, but it’s not great if you need a pushchair.

Things 1 and 2 were happy to be set free from their pushchair and immediately started walking around the first gallery and having…

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ONE DAY IN DUBAI

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ANNA ABROAD

With just about a zillion things to do, how does one spend a single day or prolonged layover in Dubai? Well, I’m here to recap the things that I enjoyed in Dubai and offer suggestions on things that I wish I would have included. Before diving into the best spots of Dubai, I’d like to mention the geographic challenges of only ~one~ day in Dubai. Downtown Dubai, where the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are located, is quite far from the Jumeirah Palm area of Dubai.

The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa

I spent a majority of my time in Dubai wandering around the Dubai Mall complex, which includes the second largest shopping mall in the world, the worlds tallest building, the infamous Dubai fountain, an ice rink, an aquarium and much more. The Mall itself has just about every store you could imagine, as well as a plethora of…

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Yosemite

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For years, I told myself that I wasn’t going to visit Yosemite until I was a solid 5.11 climber. The idea was loosely based on something that I’d heard about free vs. aid climbing one of the most iconic climbs in the world: The Nose on El Capitan. The more you can free climb, the faster you can move, the more parties you can pass on the congested route, etc., etc.

Here to say: that was dumb. If you’re thinking like this because you have yet to visit Yosemite, don’t be dumb like me. Just go.

Yosemite for me is a full-on, head-to-toe body rush of dopamine. I gasped aloud the fist time I saw Half Dome. I first visited the park from the east entrance, passing through the boundless alpine playground that is Tuolumne. Everywhere you look, granite domes erupt from the ground surrounded piney forests and serene alpine…

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Caribbean getaway: spending a long week-end in Santa Marta & the Tayrona National Park

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Restless Frenchwoman

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As it is currently pouring over Bogota, I thought now was as good a time as any to tell you what I was up to last week-end, which was extra long for me as Colombia also celebrates Columbus Day as Dia de la Raza y la Hispanidad, literally Race and Hispanicity Day. Controversies surrounding genocidal maniac Christopher Columbus aside, with that Monday off, and since I don’t have class on Tuesdays and my first class is at 5 P.M. on Wednesdays, I jetted off to the area of Santa Marta, in the North of Colombia.

Why Santa Marta? Well, because I already had arranged for accommodation up there since before I even left Europe. How? Because I stayed with a Couchsurfing member who I had already interacted with a few times on the website’s forums, and who had extended me an invitation up north whenever I would get…

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