Three Pots of Tea to Make a Friend at the Red Sea

“I have traveled for 3 weeks in Egypt. You are the first person that made me angry!” I yelled at the Arab driver.

I never felt so angry for a long time. In Egypt we faced scams in most of the tourist spots, with the Pyramid of Giza being the worst. As the hostel owner at the Giza said, “Since the Pyramid is the number one attraction in the world, it comes with the  number one scammers in the world.” But despite all the fake prices and lies that we endured, I never got angry. This morning was a different story. Continue reading Three Pots of Tea to Make a Friend at the Red Sea

Losing a Loved One in the Valley of the Kings — Luxor, Egypt

“Kids, I have bad news,” Annie said soberly after reading her Wechat messages. “Zoe is sick. Xiao Xia said that after seeing the veterinarian, she has not been eating or drinking and is losing weight.”

Annie continued, “At the vet, they took her blood for testing and Zoe got really scared. After that she seems to be worse. The result of the test showed that something is wrong but the vet seemed not to know what he is doing. Xiao Xia said that the vet was flipping through medical books to understand the test result. Just the test cost RMB750 already.”

“Can we call the doctor that used to see Zoe? I don’t want her to be scared again…” Joani said almost bursting into tears thinking about the emotional and physical trauma Zoe might have just gone through. “Can we fly back to China now?”

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We were interviewed by my favorite Podcast – Amateur Traveler

We were very excited to be interviewed by the Amateur Traveler Podcast for one of their episode in Nov 2015. Click here to listen to the podcast:
Amateur Traveler Episode 492 – Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

(Note: Amateur Traveler is my favorite Podcast which I listened to everyday to and back from work when I biked in China. If you like to travel, this podcast is the best!)