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Welcome to Paper Crane Stories – thanks for stopping by! I’m a Brit living in California, married to an American and always planning our next adventure. I’m a serial expat (I’ve lived in 5 countries) who loves to travel, eat, create and write. Read more on my about page.


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Why I would recommend teaching in China.

When I moved to Beijing to teach, I didn’t really know what to expect; but…

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Traveling West Africa: Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo

Have you ever considered traveling in West Africa? Do you have Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin…

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Seeking Blossom at Huntingdon Library and Botanical Gardens

Blossom is the perfect backdrop to spring. The bright, dainty flowers ignite a little hope…

Southern California to Canada Road Trip

Taking a  road trip from southern California to Canada has been on my wish list of…

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The First Five Places I Want To Travel With Baby

I’ve been travelling and living overseas for eleven years and now I want to explore…

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Eleven Years of Blogging and Traveling

  A belated Happy New Year to you all. This year marks eleven years of…

I’ve been a bad blogger

I’ve been a terrible blogger. I haven’t blogged in seven months. It started out with…

Why you should travel to China, Beijing, Sichuan

Why You Should Travel To China

Today is a special post as I have a lot of contributors pitching in to…

What to do in Newport Beach

Fun Things To Do In Newport Beach

Before I met my husband, Justin, in 2006 (whaaaat?) I only knew of Newport Beach…

Fishing boat Ometepe

Isla Ometepe: Nicaragua’s Must See Magical Destination

  Rocking back and forth across Lake Nicaragua on the 7.45am ferry, I caught my first…

LA Days: Griffith Observatory

My time in Nicaragua reminded me what it’s like to see new things everyday. It’s…

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A Brit’s View Of The Primaries: Your Girl In The USA

It’s an election year and I’m bloody excited! It’s the first time I’ve ever experienced…