My absolutely favourite top stop was in Chur, Switzerland. We never intended to even be in Switzerland, but as luck would have it, the trip was rerouted and required a 5 hour trip in the car from Munich to Milan. In that single drive alone, we drove through 5 countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, and ending in Italy), stopping only for gas and coffee.
We went from sunny skies and 90 degree weather in Seattle to the 60 degree grey skies of Anchorage. To stay warm and dry in this weather, I packed a wind-resistant and water-repellent jacket which came in handy on this particularly gloomy morning. This jacket has also been my go-to “blanket” whenever traveling on planes since it is extremely lightweight and packs compactly. So easy to carry on in a purse or small backpack! (Shared this in my travel essentials on IG a couple weeks ago.)
Astra jacket (midlayer): c/o Helly Hansen (exact)
blue beanie: c/o Helly Hansen (exact or similar in cashmere)
skinny denim: AG Jeans (exact)
Excited to share part 2 of Anchorage later this week!
The night was capped off with a ferry ride across The Bund, which provided a gorgeous view of the Shanghai skyline. Couldn’t have asked for a better day of exploring a new city!
The biggest Pro Tip that I got before leaving was to write my hotel address out in Chinese. Hallelujah for this advice because I’m almost 100% positive I would’ve never ended up at the hotel if I had to say the address aloud myself! The language barrier for someone who doesn’t speak the native tongue and traveling to Beijing proved to be quite a real challenge as soon as I deplaned.
If there was ever one regret from my childhood, it would be the fact that I didn’t continue to expand my Mandarin diction or practice speaking it after almost a decade of classes. The most frustrating part is that I can understand when someone else speaks to me in Mandarin, but I have a really hard time finding the vocabulary to respond back– not to mention having a really, really, really awful accent whenever attempting to speak. And so, many minutes of playing charades for directions ensued on this day of adventures.
With less than 12 hours to do touristy things, click through to read about the Bucket List attractions that were at the top of my priorities: The Forbidden City and The Great Wall.
If you’re into chilly scenery and beanie weather, follow along on Instagram this week! A few friends and I rented a camper van and are driving around the perimeter of Iceland, exploring some of the most breathtaking spots! (I’m also being a bit of a brat and trying to get up to no good whenever there’s opportunity for it… Like pretending to steal the boat above haha)
It’ll be a bit quiet here on the blog until I’m back in Seattle, but I’ll be posting on IG as often as this spotty 2G network will allow for it!0