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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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Blue Skies and Hotpot: Feeling cheery after smogpocalypse

Waiting for the hot pot to start bubbling, my new pollution mask, cute beer bottles,…

Life on the Water at Inle Lake

“Do not take photos of women showering” the sign clearly stated in large letters (with…

An Unexpected Moment of Calm in Busy Beijing

I remember a time, a long time ago, when we could see the sun in…

Biking in Beautiful Bagan

Cycling down the dusty road in the early morning light, I looked up and was…

My Beijing Pollution Truth

We’ve all seen the images on TV and in the news. Grey skies thick with…

Mandalay to Bagan by Boat

We had been in Burma for less than 12 hours but we were up at…

The Road to Mandalay

Not really a road to Mandalay from Beijing, but a flight. And there was snow,…

Coming up: Myanmar, Thailand, China, Summer plans, VPNs and WordPress

So, as I only just got round to starting this blog after 6 months in…

Spring Festival Trip Day 5: Going home to Beijing

  There’s not a lot to say about travelling home other than I love taking…

Spring Festival Day 4: The Four Peaks of Hua Shan

 Hua Shan (Shan is mountain in Mandarin) is a mountain I have seen posted all…

Spring Festival Trip Day 3 (Part 2): Muslim Quarter

After our donut break, we arrived at the Muslim Quarter. This, apparently, was where all…

Spring Festival Trip Day 3 (Part 1): Xi’an City Wall

After a great breakfast at our hostel’s sister hostel (about 1 minute down the road.…