Tag: What it’s like

what it’s like to see the northern lights

what it’s like to see the northern lights

Instagram: Waves of Nickelodeon slime green dancing lights, interspersed with soft whispers of Provence lavender-colored gleams. Reality: Freezing your snow boots off after you’ve accidentally stepped into a slope while in complete darkness, waiting for lights that may or may not appear, and then realizing that most of the photos you’ve seen online are probably … Continue reading what it’s like to see the northern lights

what it’s like to go tobogganing down a mountain in switzerland

what it’s like to go tobogganing down a mountain in switzerland

In those moments leading up to my turn on the sled, there were about a million thoughts racing through my mind. No seatbelt or helmet?! What if I go too fast and fly off the mountain? Will I crack my skull open? What if the person behind me is going too fast and crashes into … Continue reading what it’s like to go tobogganing down a mountain in switzerland

what it’s like to hang at an airport lounge

what it’s like to hang at an airport lounge

I always had this image in my head of what my first time would be like: Spiffily-dressed bartenders, crafting up an Old Fashioned or a Dry Martini, while you sit at an uncrowded, high-top, modern bar. Waiters walk around with cute little trays of hors d’oeuvres, consisting of mini crab cakes and small finger sandwiches. … Continue reading what it’s like to hang at an airport lounge

what it’s like to see an active volcano

what it’s like to see an active volcano

You know those clips you see on TV of hot, bright orange lava, slowly and viscously seeping through piles of old rocks? Well, sorry to shatter this image but it is nothing like that. At least it wasn’t back in June when I visited Kilauea, the most active of the five volcanoes that form the … Continue reading what it’s like to see an active volcano

what it’s like to hold a koala

what it’s like to hold a koala

They’re actually not as soft as they look. Don’t get me wrong, they’re soft but I guess just not what I was expecting. Their fur almost feels like the polyester stuffing from a pillow. They also do not smell minty from all the eucalyptus leaves they eat (like I had read). Here are a few … Continue reading what it’s like to hold a koala

what it’s like to spend chinese new year in australia

what it’s like to spend chinese new year in australia

Yes, I know the politically correct term would be Lunar New Year but I’m Chinese, therefore I am calling it Chinese New Year. Spending the holiday there actually wasn’t planned. My friends and I had booked our flights for February and later on found out that we would be there during that time. But I’m … Continue reading what it’s like to spend chinese new year in australia

what it’s like to be in dublin on st. patrick’s day

what it’s like to be in dublin on st. patrick’s day

It’s not as crazy as you would think it might be. You see, Americans manage to turn every holiday into a drinking event. St. Paddy’s Day? DRINK! Halloween? DRINK! Groundhog Day? DRINK! But over in Ireland, it’s less of a drunkfest and more of an actual religious holiday. You do see [drunk] people drinking openly … Continue reading what it’s like to be in dublin on st. patrick’s day