kristin addis

Have I Made a Deal With the Devil?

Verweile doch, du bist so schön - Stay a while, you are so beautiful I sat across from Rene eating spicy barbecued meat on a stick in Kunming, China.  It had been almost seven years since he had lived at home in Germany, and like so many travelers, he felt confused about where home truly was. [...]

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Mount Emei: Sacred Spaces in Sichuan

There I was in Emei Shan (Mount Emei), yet another sacred place, following Yubeng and Lugu hu, two visually dissimilar places that had a similar significance as a sacred place for Buddhism in southern China. Emei shan is one of four sacred Buddhist mountains in Sichuan province.  Located a few hours’ bus ride away from [...]

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My Favorite Hostels in Thailand

I started counting and realized that in the past 18 months of traveling as a nomad, mostly in Southeast Asia, a full month of which was spent in Thailand, I’ve slept in no fewer than 157 beds, tents, hostels, guest houses, apartments, homes, home-stays, and even concrete beds. That’s a lot of places to lay [...]

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Hitchhiking in China (Part 3): The Solo Adventure

“If I saw you hitchhiking, I’d smile and return your thumbs up, just for you doing such a great job of being a positive roadside influence.”  ― Jarod Kintz <— Part 2 After nearly two glorious weeks adventuring around Yunnan province together, the time came for Ya Ting and I to part ways.  I had grand [...]

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Lugu Lake, Blue Beyond Words

Lugu Lake is a place I had never heard of and would probably never have visited if it weren’t for Ya Ting, my travel buddy in Yunnan Province.  It straddles the border of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, providing the perfect doorway to a province I hadn’t even planned to visit, but have since come to [...]

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HitchHiking in China (Part Two): Flat Tires and Unimaginable Kindness

“…and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, [...]

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In the Sky is Heaven, and on Earth is Yubeng

The hike started out on steep dusty tracks, challenging me at first as my lungs made sense of the thin air.  In time, with my walking stick in hand and music in my ears, I pulled ahead and separated from the group Ya Ting and I had found and joined at the hostel after the [...]


HitchHiking in China: Adventures in Transportation

顺其自然 – “Shun qi zhi ran” Translation: “let nature take its course” This saying came to define the travels of Ya Ting and I for the next few weeks when I would end up hitch hiking for over 2500 kilometers (over 1500 miles) across Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in China. The first time we tried hitch hiking [...]

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Tiger Leaping Gorge: A Beautiful Trek in China

“Wo men da che hao bu hao?” asked Ya Ting, my new travel buddy in Yunnan province, China. What she meant was she wanted to hitch hike from LiJiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge – our destination and the sole reason I had made the trip up from Dali, my favorite Chinese hippie town. I was [...]

Kristin Addis

Dali is the Pai of China

I’ve sang Pai in northern Thailand’s praises until I was blue in the face.  Whenever anyone asks me where my favorite place in Southeast Asia is, I answer, “Pai,” without even needing to stop and think about it.  There’s so much to love about that hippie town, full of dreadlocked, tattooed, and pierced residents and [...]