I never tire of walking the streets of the little villages that dot China's countryside. Around every corner is an opportunity to capture a moment and learn about a simple way of life that no longer exists in the United States. Some sights I enjoy no matter how I often I see them: wooden doorways with lion knockers; streams filled with people cleaning vegetables or clothing; homes built from mud and brick, decorated with red lanterns; basket weavers, wood carvers, jewelry makers and food sellers; laughing children; resting elderly. Many of the local people sit on stools outside their shops or homes and watch life pass by. This is an activity that is lost on Americans. Sitting and observing. No phones or other electronic distractions. I'm not convinced I would be able to do that. I fall prey to the beckoning of my phone. But being in these villages reminds me that I should try.
I have traveled all over the world, including adventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, England, Denmark, Russia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic, Canada and Mexico. My greatest love is introducing Americans to the sites, traditions and people of China. My hope is to give travelers a new lens through which to see the world.