It’s Booklust Wanderlust bookreview time again! This month over at The Displaced Nation, I reviewed Huan Hsu’s memoir THE PORCELAIN THIEF about searching for his family’s buried treasure in China. Hsu, the American-born child of Chinese immigrants, deals with culture shock, learns about the history of the porcelain industry and uncovers the details of a family legend.
Read more at the link: http://thedisplacednation.com/2015/10/24/booklust-wanderlust-in-the-porcelain-thief-atck-and-expat-writer-huan-hsu-assembles-shards-of-his-chinese-heritage/
Click on the image above to go to this month's book review on The Displaced Nation. "Passionate Nomad" by Jane Fletcher Geniesse looks at the early life and development of hotshot wartime Middle East expert and lifelong adventurer Dame Freya Stark and is a gripping read.
I'm not a huge fan of organized sporting events, but I *am* a big fan of social media!
One of my clients, the social media analytics company Socialbakers, has released a fascinating (and addictive!) new tool that will measure fan participation--mentions are counted as "cheers"--for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, happening now in Brazil. Want to find out which teams get the most love on Twitter? Which players are pictured most often on Instagram? Check out the tool--and my blog about it on the Socialbakers site. Who will you cheer for at #Brazil2014?
Shopping for souvenirs can be a lot of fun. I love making lists of things to take back for friends and family, or to keep until the next gift-giving holiday rolls around. And heck, yes, I like buying things for myself too. But first-timers to Southeast Asia can find the markets and street stalls intimidating, not because of choice or crowding, but because of haggling. In my article for ThaHoliday.com today I give seven tips for bargaining gracefully. Check it out at this link.
Visiting the doctor when you're overseas can be a frightening--or interesting--experience. This week on Novel Adventurers we're writing about traditional medicines and treatments, and I narrate my first visit to a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Please stop by!
Here's the link.
A sample of beers from my last trip to Australia.
This week on Novel Adventurers we're writing about beverages around the world--and I'm making a confession that isn't really a secret.
You see, I'm a beer snob.
And while you're there, don't forget to check out the other great posts about drinks around the world.
Foshan's TV tower is a handy landmark.
Today my latest eChinacities.com article has posted, this one about Foshan, a small (I think there's 7 million inhabitants--so, only small by Chinese standards) city that neighbors Guangzhou. The two cities are linked by public transportation and a shared history here on the Pearl River Delta.
Click the link to find out why Foshan is famous:
Beth is an American freelance writer who has lived in Europe and Asia since 2003. She grew up on a sailboat and, though now a landlubber, still enjoys a peripatetic life. She writes articles and suspense about travel, expatriate living, and many other topics.