Discovering de Hoge Veluwe National Park

On one of our last days in Amsterdam, my friends Michelle, Michelle, Stephanie, and I decided to head to the Hoge Veluwe National Park to see what the Dutch wildlands had to offer! In fact, I recently hung out with the girls and told them I was writing this blog post, and this is what my friend Stephanie had to say about that trip: "It was so flat. It was so nice to be in flat nature, where you don't have to strain yourself in any way. Also, definitely leave early to get a bike!" So there you go, a spicy lil quote to hype you up. Also, more about those bikes later....

The Lavender Fields of Songpan

Sanna and I headed to Songpan, a small town in Sichuan, where we hoped to join a horse-trek. Unfortunately, the recent rainy weather meant that the trails were muddy and unsuitable for horseback riding. Although we were slightly disappointed, we soon realized that there is so much more to explore in this little village.

Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou (or Jiuzhai Valley, as it is sometimes referred to in English) is Sichuan's star attraction - a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts millions of visitors each year. Tourists gaze in awe at the emerald pools, picturesque waterfalls, and verdant forests.

Animal Encounters at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park

If there's one thing that gets me excited, it's ANIMALS. I love watching animals interact with each other - seeing them play, fight, eat, and sleep. I also love having unique animal interactions because it's a chance to get up and personal with a creature that I normally don't encounter in my every day life. So, one weekend, I recruited my friend Bonnie to check out the Shanghai Wild Animal Park with me.